Thursday, September 22, 2022

What’s Out and What’s In: Interior Design Trends 2023

Marble bathroom with round mirrors and a double vanity.


When it comes to home decor, some features never go out of style – like pops of plant life in the kitchen or a charming, built-in window seat in the bedroom. Other interior design trends, however, have a shorter shelf life and can dramatically date your home.

For instance, while shiplap walls had a bit of a renaissance in recent years thanks to the popularity of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and the modern farmhouse style, many home design experts now think the trend is tired and overdone. Just like shag carpeting in the 1970’s, many trends aren’t timeless, and you don’t want to spend time and money on decor that will make your home seem stuck in a time machine.

As we look ahead to 2023 (yes, it’s already that time!), here are several outgoing and incoming interior design trends that every stylish homeowner should know. 


Incoming 2023 Interior Design Trends

Freestanding curvy soaker bathtub.

Curvy Lines and Furniture

From arched doorways to crescent sofas, organic curves are taking shape to be one of the hottest trends of 2023. You can easily incorporate curvy lines into any room in the house—like adding this oval soaker bathtub to your ensuite bathroom. Elements like rounded pendant lightingarched mirrors, and curvy nightstands will all be popular well into the new year, giving spaces more depth and flair.

Vine style chandelier.

Outdoor-Inspired Interiors

As sustainable, green design continues to grow in popularity, designers are moving away from interiors that feel artificial. Instead, it’s becoming more popular to bring outdoor elements—like nature-inspired hues and materials—into interior spaces. 

Features like rustic bathroom vanities, jute rugs, rattan chairs, wicker baskets, earthy textures, or natural wood floors are all great choices that will make any space feel in harmony with the outdoors.

Small single vanity with sink in a rustic style.

Verdigris and Lavender

Thinking ahead to the colors that will be most on-trend in 2023, two in particular are on the radar of top design experts: verdigris (or blue-green) and lavender. 

Verdigris is a slight move away from the rich true greens like sage or emerald, but it is much more ethereal. Lavender, on the other hand, is more futuristic but surprisingly approachable, inviting a freshness and versatility to an interior that might otherwise be overtly neutral. 


Departing 2022 Interior Design Trends

Acrylic Furniture and Accents

Sure, that acrylic desk chair might’ve seemed like a great idea when you decided to modernize your office space at the start of 2022. But now we’ve all seen through this trend (pun intended!) and designers have deemed acrylic accents officially out of style. While it might’ve seemed cool to have an optical illusion as part of your interior decor, the trend of acrylic furniture is well-worn and on the way out for 2023.

Caged Industrial Lighting

Industrial-inspired caged lighting saw a resurgence in popularity in recent years, but it is another trend that will not be continuing in 2023. This outgoing trend aimed to celebrate the simple and sturdy nature of industrial warehouse lighting. However, sleeker fixtures without any visible wiring—like this gorgeous single tier chandelier—are the new direction for lighting.

Faux-Distressed Finishes

It’s undeniable that a home should feel cozy and lived-in, but faux-distressed finishes run the risk of looking overly worn. Although this trend was wildly popular in the last few years, it is officially on the way out for 2023. Rather than chalk painting and distressing your furnishings to add dimension, try upholstering an existing chair with a colorful fabric or invest in an authentic antique.


As you think about refreshing your interiors with up-and-coming design trends for 2023, a good place to start is always in the bathroom! Why not revamp the space with one of these great ideas for a modern, updated walk-in shower.

Get Top Shower Ideas


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tips for Mixing & Matching Metals in the Bathroom

Wall mounted bathroom vanity in gray with matte silver hardware.

Looking for a quick and easy bathroom upgrade that you can do in just one day? Instead of taking on a huge renovation project, start small with a simple task like changing up your bathroom’s cabinet knobs & handles. 

Though it may not be the first thing you notice about a bathroom, the hardware on your vanities, drawers, and cabinets can make the space feel outdated. Luckily, there’s a way to update cabinet knobs and handles that will infuse a modern, polished look to any bathroom—by mixing and matching metals.

Who said you have to stick to one metal when it comes to your bathroom’s finishes? It’s much trendier (and more fun!) to choose a few types of metals for your fixtures and hardware, so long as they complement each other and align with the rest of your home’s design.

To guide you in the process of mixing and matching metal hardware in your bathroom, here are our top tips for a seamless, well-balanced look.


Unique cabinet pull in brushed silver color.

Tip #1: Create Harmony, Not Competition

When choosing new cabinet knobs and handles, you’ll want to incorporate no more than three types of metals. After all, the goal of any interior design is to ensure all of the elements work together beautifully and form a balanced whole. 

This is why you should avoid choosing two metals from the same color family – like light copper and shiny brass. Oftentimes, metalware from the same color family will look similar but won’t quite match, making it seem like a mistake rather than an intentional choice. Instead, go for finishes that complement, rather than compete, with each other – like polished chrome and matte black.

Rubbed bronze cabinet pull.

Tip #2: Alternate the Handles on Doors and Drawers

A simple technique when mixing and matching metals is to choose one type of finish for the handles on your vanity’s doors and a different finish for the vanity’s drawers. For example, your vanity might have two doors and two drawers. You can select sleek, horizontal bar pulls for the drawers, while installing round knobs to the doors. 

It may be enough to mix up only the shapes of the cabinet handles and leave the finishes the same. The fun thing is that you have endless options when it comes to alternating the styles and finishes of the metalware in your bathroom, so you can make it as unique or as monochrome as you want.


Tip #3: Experiment with Different Textures

With so many interesting textures now available in cabinet knobs & handles, why not mix and match the actual feel of your new hardware? Beyond traditional finishes like matte or polished, modern metals can also be antiqued, brushed, burnished, hammered, hard-rubbed, or oiled to add dimension to your bathroom. 

Textured hardware is a fantastic way to add a distinct sensory experience to the hardware on your vanity or cabinetry that will not only feel good to touch, but will elevate the space from simple to sophisticated.

Unique cabinet pull with intricate details.

Tip #4: Make a Statement with an Accent Metal

Again, you want your hardware choices to create harmony in your bathroom, but there’s no reason why you can’t take this opportunity to make a bold statement! Once you’ve identified a classic base metal for a certain portion of your hardware, choose a more eccentric metal that can act as an accent for your favorite drawers. 

For example, nickel handles will brighten a traditional space, while matte black knobs will amplify the elegance of a modern bathroom. Or you can choose a single color and make a statement by combining a polished finish and matte finish, such as polished brass handles with brushed brass


Making upgrades like mixing and matching your hardware doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are several inexpensive ways to remodel your bathroom that will give it a high-end look: 


9 Bathroom Remodel Ideas


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Install a New Vanity in a Single Afternoon

Large double vanity with lots of storage with the doors open showing the plumbing.


A vanity is the central focus of the bathroom. A new vanity can be the breath of life your bathroom needs to feel and function completely differently. 

The best news? You can do it in an afternoon. Here’s how to install a bathroom vanity quickly and well. Ready? Set? Go!


Start with the Plumbing

Vanity projects can get messy quickly if you have to deal with water. Start by turning off water valves to the vanity sink, then turn faucets on to get rid of any remaining water. 

Next, remove the p-trap (that bend in the pipe at the bottom of the sink plumbing. You may want to have a bucket and towel on hand in case there is residual water in the pipe. 

Disconnect water lines from the sink using an adjustable wrench. These steps are pretty simple and very DIY-able but if you feel uncomfortable about it, get help from a plumber.


Blue single vanity installed in a white bathroom.

Disconnect the Vanity from the Wall

Your vanity is connected to the wall with screws inside the vanity and some caulk on the outside of the vanity. Cut the caulk that seals the top rim of the vanity or backsplash to the wall using a utility knife. Be careful not to damage the wall itself.

Next, unscrew the unit from walls/studs. Then simply pull the vanity away from the wall. It may be easier to remove the top of the vanity before pulling the cabinet away from the wall. If you plan to reuse the vanity top, this is a must. 

Removing an old vanity may result in a few dings. If there has been any damage to the wall, make any repairs needed before moving on. 


Wood grain single wall mounted vanity in a small bathroom with a patterned tile floor.


Choosing a New Vanity & Faucet

If you haven’t picked your new vanity yet, you’re in for a treat. DecorPlanet is the home of a wide selection of beautiful vanities from classic styling to clean-lined modern, pedestal to double vanity. You’ll find what you’re looking for here. 

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While you’re at it, think about selecting a new faucet too. Gold and Champagne colors are popular right now, but we’ve always got classics like polished chrome or brushed nickel in a variety of styles. 

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Large wood double vanity with all the drawers open.


Prep for the New Vanity

With the old vanity removed, it’s time to get ready to put in the new one. Measure the vanity height and width then mark that height and width on the wall. Use a stud finder to locate where the wall studs are and mark them. Removing the doors on your new vanity will make things a bit easier, but it’s not necessary to get the job done. 

If your vanity has a solid back, measure where the pipes and water lines are on the wall then mark those same measurements on the back of the vanity. Drill a pilot hole in the center of where you need to make an opening then use a hole saw to cut out the right size circle to accommodate the pipe or water line.


Rerouting Plumbing

If you need to reroute any plumbing, such as if you’re moving the sink or going from a single to a double vanity, you’ll likely need a plumber. It may seem straightforward but any plumbing problems can quickly cause irreversible water damage.

Once you have the vanity removed from the wall and when you’re ready to install the new vanity, that’s the perfect time to get all your plumbing squared away. Call your plumber in advance to get on the schedule and keep your project moving.


Install the Vanity

With the proper holes cut in the back of the vanity, you’re ready to install. Line up pipes with the holes in the back of the vanity and gently slide it up against the wall. Check to see that it’s level across the width of the unit and the length of the unit. If it’s not level, use shims to adjust it. You can use a quarter round molding to finish off edges at the floor, especially if there are gaps from shims.

Using your stud marks, drill in pilot holes through the vanity and into the stud then screw it to the wall with 3-inch screws. If you don't have a stud, use a wall anchor with your screw. If you are screwing into alternative surfaces like tile or plaster, use the drill bits and wall anchors suitable for that type of surface.


A large wood double vanity with integrated sinks fully installed.


Top it Off

If your vanity doesn't come with a top, install it next by adding a bead of adhesive to the top edge of the vanity all the way around then place the top. You may want to ask for a little help placing a heavy vanity top to ensure you get it straight.

Caulk anywhere the vanity touches a wall to seal it up and stop water from leaking behind the vanity. Install the faucet using manufacturer instructions.


Finish with Plumbing

You’ll end where you began, with the plumbing. Reinstall the p-trap, reattach water lines (be sure to use teflon tape to decrease leaks), tighten down everything then turn the water back on. Test for leaks at every connection by turning the faucet on and letting the water run for a few minutes. 


Changing up the entire feel of the bathroom design can be as easy as installing a new vanity. It’s a simple project you can do in an afternoon but has a huge impact. If you ever need assistance, get in contact with your local plumber or talk with our customer service team.

Need a little bathroom design advice? Check out the latest trends. 


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