From tapestries to cut velvet and shimmery upholstery, here are the fabric and trim trends that will rule 2023
Tired of seeing yet another bouclé-covered sofa? Us too. This year promises a new wave of ideas for fabrics and trims, as seen at Paris Déco Off in January and recent collection previews. Textures have evolved from the nubby options of yesteryear to sleek-piled velvets and woven tapestries. Plus, what’s old is new again as pattern inspirations pull largely from fabric house archives. When it comes to color, bold, full-bodied jewel tones continue to reign, though experimentation with monotonal fabrics and trims make way for inspiring neutrals that are anything but one note. Here are the textiles you’re about to see everywhere in 2023.
Making the Cut
In a departure from the full-scale velvets of years past, this season is all about cut velvet. These touchable textile debuts are at once funky, sinuous, and eye-catching—and in every colorway imaginable. We say pile them on!
Peacock Blue Is the New Neutral
From ruby red and regal plum to refreshing peacock blue, jewel tones prevail in 2023’s collections of fabrics and trims. That avian blue—envisioned in a variety of fabrics and patterns this season—is as entrancing as it is versatile. With appealing options like these, there’s nothing wrong with a little peacocking.
Fresh Takes on Tapestry
Flora and fauna grow rampantly in the latest fabric trend of reviving tapestry and crewelwork from centuries past. Though some brands have opted for more literal interpretations of Flemish verdure tapestry, others have whimsically reimagined woodland scenes and the creatures that inhabit them. As heritage houses comb through their archives, many have chosen to reinterpret historical fabrics. William Morris, for example, created the Bird pattern in 1878 to adorn his drawing room walls at Kelmscott House, and this season Morris & Co. has reproduced the fabric with the original hand-driven jacquard loom production quality.
Meanwhile, French heritage label Braquenié, which Pierre Frey acquired in 1991, celebrates its 200th anniversary with the Anniversaire 1823–2023 collection, featuring more than 50 fabrics, 30 wallpapers, and 10 rugs that draw on the textile maison’s archival documents, as well as those in the heritage collections of the Château de Versailles, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and the Musée de la Toile de Jouy. Featuring several fabrics directly inspired by tapestry, cross-stitching, and other highly textural woven techniques, the collection launched during Paris Déco Off and made for one of the week’s most memorable events: At Château de Louye, a privately owned castle in Normandy, Braquenié fabrics dressed nearly every interior in marvelously patterned layers for a sumptuous display of French heritage, expertly blending the old and the new.
All That Glitters
Metallic threadwork and cording played a standout role in nearly every collection this season, adding luster to scenes under the sea or inside the forest. And for the more modern-minded, abstract patterns have also been making a splash across showrooms. One thing is certain: In 2023, designers are ready to show up for shimmer.
Toile de Jouy prints and painterly scenics take on new narratives, transporting viewers to lands near and far—whether it’s Nantucket, Lake Como, or a tropical locale.
White on White
The resurgence of monochrome interiors have textile makers toying with new ways to add texture and depth to minimalist palettes. That can mean anything from employing chic tone-on-tone embroideries and fringe-inducing fil coupé techniques to experimentations with weight and sheerness.
Maximalism and historic details continue to dazzle new audiences this year, making it passementerie’s time to shine. In addition to Clarence House’s launch of more than 200 solid-color trimmings—designed to effortlessly complement residential interiors—ombré tassels and ornate Art Deco fringe topped our list of must-sees. Mark these down.