2024 is finally here. If you’ve been looking to refresh your home, now couldn’t be a better time. It seems the world is finally open to new designs and ideas. Overall, it’s about making homes cozier, more colorful, and incorporating more playful decor.
Whether you’re refreshing your home, planning a major renovation, or aiming to redecorate a room at some point this year, here are 12 of the top interior design trends for 2024, according to interior designers and experts.
Anything but a subtle touch, curved sofas and chairs have been major trends in recent years. In 2024, curved pieces will only become more interesting, according to interior designer Kate Dawson. “We are seeing curves pop up everywhere, especially for sectionals and coffee tables,” she explains. “Bringing in these unique shapes adds contrast and depth to a space, creating a very modern feeling while still being functional.”
Just keep in mind that while beautiful, curved sofas are not always the most comfortable choice. So you may want to go for a classic shape for seating but opt for an extra-curvy coffee table or side table.
The moment of the gallery wall is fading, and the big artwork is back in style. There are two major reasons for this, according to Dawson. “More and more people are building homes with two-story spaces. These are the perfect places to have huge pieces of art. But even if you don’t have a multi-story room, going with huge artwork is still on trend. It’s a great way to add a lot of life to a room without feeling like you’re going over the top.”
Another reason why big artwork is back? Decision fatigue. It’s far easier to choose one larger, statement piece than multiple smaller pieces.”
Quiet luxury was one of the biggest interior design trends on TikTok in 2024. More about style than brands, this aesthetic is here to stay. “We believe the quiet luxury trend is not simply a trend, and that it will continue to thrive in 2024, supporting intentional shopping,” says Jess Onorato Director of Product and Design for Habitat Home. “This trend encapsulates what we do at Habitat Home and Garden; sourcing and developing pieces that have soul, are of high quality, and are meant to last.”
Big adieu to blonde wood and say hello to warmer shades. Interior designer Lauren Moore of Design Assembly tells me there will be a continuing shift toward more dark wood tones. “Materials like shou sugi ban and smoked oak will become more popular in furniture pieces and beyond.”
Expect to see warmer, dark wood flooring as well as furniture and accents.
Tiled brick is making a big comeback in 2024. These instantly add texture and interest to a patio, kitchen, or even for a feature wall. “I think trends are shifting more toward patinated and reused materials and fixtures—not like the reclaimed wood phase, but more in the arena of materials like antique tile, brick, antique stone sinks, and antique windows,” explains Moore.
Say so long to subtle. Becca Roderick, Design Director of Interiors, Morris Adjmi Architects tells me bold colors and patterns in design will be big in the coming year. “When it comes to design trends for next year, we’re expecting to see a continued commitment to color. Pigments of varying intensity are going to be omnipresent in paint colors, tile, millwork, and textiles. You can see the clever use of color in our project in Brooklyn The Huron which has a stunning wall of blue-green tile at the entrance,” she explains. “When residents enter the building, that burst of color immediately evokes the energy and the vibrancy of the surrounding Greenpoint neighborhood and is an instant mood booster—something we can all welcome in 2024.”
Erica Finamore, Real Simple Magazine’s Home Director (full disclosure: I am a Freelance Contributor to RealSimple.com), tells me that sophisticated colors will be a major trend this year. “While bright rainbow colors have reigned supreme for the past five-plus years, rooms will likely look a little moodier this year thanks to softened palettes.”
What colors should you go for? Finamore is a fan of dusty rose, plum, and burgundy hues. “Lots of those more muted pink-red tones are in fashion and can really elevate a space.”
Monochromatic Lighting Schemes
Lighting is one of the most important features of the home. It’s almost impossible to have too much of it because most homes usually don’t have enough. “People are definitely putting more of a focus on lighting in their home and realizing that layers of lighting really liven up a space and that those lights can serve as functional works of art,” reveals Finamore. “In the 2023 Real Simple Home at Quay Tower, we saw a few different designers choose bold table lamps with same-colored shades and bases. It really makes a bold statement while also adding much-needed accent lighting to a room.”
Grout Gone Wild
Grout is a necessary part of any bathroom, yet often an overlooked opportunity to create a design moment. Finamore tells me we’ll see a lot more interesting tiles and grout combinations. “People have been going bright and bold with tile colors and textures for their bathrooms and backsplashes, and I think this year we’ll see more of that plus a detour from gray and white grout into more prominent hues like pink and black. White tiles with pink grout? Sold!”
Whimsical Children’s Room And Nurseries
Boring beige is something that many designers are done with—especially in children’s rooms. This will likely make way for more cheerful spaces for babies explains Alexia Sheinman at Pembrooke & Ives. “Whimsical design for children’s rooms where we can create magical havens with bright colors, fun light fixtures, and textured carpets.”
Sleek, Modern Kitchens
Even if you use your air fryer every day—do you really want to look at it on your countertop? Sheinman predicts kitchens will skew to the modern side in 2024. “People are taking kitchen design to another level (think unexpected colors for marble backsplashes) and many more custom touches throughout. There are hidden outlets and drawers for every kitchen contraption available for those who want to hide everything and have a very modern-looking kitchen.”
Keep in mind this won’t be about futuristic interior design (although smart home integrations will continue to become a mainstay for new kitchens), so much as it is about keeping things sophisticated, such as dark, deeply veined stone for countertops, according to Tamra Honey of House Of Honey.
The acclaimed designer also notes that stainless steel, pewter, and nickel, have pushed brass aside, adding what she says, “gives kitchens a sleek allure, and a cool and modern edge.”
Lastly, one of the most important trends is about not being on-trend. Creating warm, personalized spaces will be bigger than ever in the coming year. “So I’m glad to see that personalization will continue to be a key design focus in 2024. Gone are sterile all-white rooms and monastic grey spaces,” says HGTV star and interior designer Shay Holland. “Instead we’ll continue to use our homes as a canvas to express ourselves. Vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces and bespoke elements will continue to steal the show in 2024. In all of our HGTV episodes, even on limited budgets—I incorporated softer paint colors and pieces that were either custom-made piece, vintage, or family heirlooms to evoke that warm hug feeling.”
Onorato also tells me personalized spaces will be big in 2024. “As people are placing a higher value on heirloom pieces, antiques, and pieces with soul, interiors are likely to become more eclectic and personalized, especially when blending such pieces with new production furnishings.”
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