What’s In, What’s Out in 2023?

It’s about this time of year that everyone gets mad at me.

I kid, I kid (kind of). But every January, both online and in print, I take a look at what home design trends are in for the New Year and what’s out — and this is where I usually get in trouble.

For the last several years, I’ve been writing that gray paint (ubiquitous on walls since 2008) and farmhouse decor (made popular a decade ago on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”) are trends to leave behind. As a result, I’ve gotten a number of angry comments from readers proclaiming their love for gray walls.

But, here’s the important part to keep in mind: It’s not actually me saying these things! My job merely is to report on the design trends, which (like fashion) come and go. While adding new trends through paint, area rugs and other accessories are a great way to keep your home updated, your home ultimately should be a reflection of you — and not a copy of a generic home you saw on Instagram.

And, for the record, I really don’t hate gray paint.

If you are ready to take your home to the next level, #Now Trending (which kicks off on page 28) is a great place to start. Fresh off trips to the fall High Point Market, the influential biannual furnishings show in North Carolina, local designers shared their predictions for the trends that will sweep 2023. One of the big stories this year was a return to color, an optimistic choice reflecting our hopeful attitude as we continue to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. (Yes, it pairs well with gray and other neutrals.)

Another change you’ll find in this issue is the addition of Gourmet at HOME with Chris Fennimore. Known as “the cooking guy,” Chris was the longtime program director at WQED and a former Pittsburgh Magazine columnist. We’re thrilled to have him back. You can check out his column on New Year’s Eve traditions, including a recipe for “lucky” black-eyed peas and collard greens.

Elsewhere throughout the issue, we take a look at how to incorporate 2023’s Colors of the Year and learn more about A&E’s “Living Smaller” host Cinque Cerra-Saunders. After living in New York City and Los Angeles, Cinque, who now calls Pittsburgh home, has gained a reputation for transforming tiny, quirky places into works of art.

While I’ve talked a lot here about changes in home design and in the magazine itself, one thing that remains constant is our readers. You are a treasured part of our HOME, a classic that never goes out of style. Thanks for reading.

HOME Editor Jessica Sinichak can be reached at jsinichak@pittsburghmagazine.com

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