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Exploring the Hottest Interior Design Trends of 2024

In most creative industries, trends influence the status quo. Interior design and decoration is no exception.

Sometimes, interior trends are as significant as an entire style or as simple as a single object. Whatever the case may be, we're highlighting some of the most exciting interior design trends for 2024, discussing what's in and how to achieve certain looks.

5 Interior Design Trends This Year

Top trends range from particular styles of furniture to entire design aesthetics, meaning that whether you're looking to completely overhaul one room, your entire home or simply swap out a few items for ones that are more on-trend, this list has a little bit of everything.

Here are 5 interior design trends that will take precedence in 2024:

1. The Quiet Luxury Aesthetic

The quiet luxury aesthetic is a design style that focuses on creating a sense of opulence and refinement through understated elegance and simplicity. It embodies a sophisticated and timeless approach to luxury that emphasizes quality craftsmanship and attention to detail over ostentatious displays of wealth.

As the name suggests, it's a quieter, more refined approach to a luxury interior that's on its way up, up, up without being over-the-top. A few characteristics indicative of the quiet luxury aesthetic include:

  • High-quality materials: This includes finishes such as natural stone, leather and hardwood — materials that are known for their high quality.
  • Timeless pieces: Some materials, shapes and colors will never go out of style (see above). To achieve quiet luxury, choose elements that have staying power.
  • Neutral colors: Neutrality is the bread and butter of quiet luxury; sophisticated without being flashy. Opt for a neutral palette including colors like grays, beiges, whites and taupes.
  • Attention to detail: Subtle details are a hallmark of this design aesthetic. Think interesting textures, patterns and finishes that aren't too jarring but still interesting.

2. Decorating With Blue

While blue is a timeless color, we'll start to see it more and more in 2024 interiors. 2023 had its way with neutral and earthy hues, but this year, home design is turning brighter once more.

Mental Health America says that blue invites feelings of calmness, serenity and peace, which may communicate that people are vying for a quieter, more tranquil year than what we've been used to lately.

There are lots of ways to introduce some blue into your living space, whether it's subtle or noisy. Try a blue accent wall, adding blue knick-knacks to your shelves or scattering blue textiles like pillows or blankets throughout your space.

3. Sustainable Materials

As consumers grow more eco-conscious, sustainable materials will continue to become a more popular choice in home design for 2024. According to McKinsey, 78% of U.S. consumers say that a sustainable lifestyle is important to them.

This directly translates into the types of goods that people are purchasing for their homes, which means more natural materials that:

  • Are natural.
  • Don't go through a resource-intensive manufacturing process.
  • Are ethically sourced, upcycled or reclaimed.

So, what types of materials does that entail? In 2024, it'll be all about:

  • Bamboo: This fast-growing grass can be harvested sustainably and it's commonly used for flooring, furniture and other decorative, natural elements due to its strength, versatility and renewable nature.
  • Reclaimed wood: Salvaged from old buildings, barns or elsewhere, reclaimed wood can be repurposed for flooring, furniture and architectural details to add character and history to interior spaces while reducing the demand for new timber.
  • Recycled metal: Scrap metal can be melted down and reused to create new metal products such as lighting fixtures, hardware and other decorative accents.
  • Recycled glass: Glass is unique in that it can be recycled indefinitely without affecting its quality. Recycled glass tiles for backsplashes and countertops are popular design choices for this sustainable material.
  • Natural stone: Locally sourced and responsibly quarried natural stone, such as granite, marble and limestone, are often used for countertops, flooring and wall cladding to provide timeless beauty and durability.
  • Sustainable fabrics: Fabrics made from organic or recycled fibers, such as organic cotton, linen or lyocell, are eco-friendly choices for upholstery, curtains and bedding that will be popular picks this year.

4. Dark Wood and Wood Paneling

Homeowners are being reintroduced to wood paneling and we're here for it! This design element was popular over a couple of decades (1950s-70s) as a low-cost, easy-to-install option that people couldn't get enough of.

After having some time to breathe, wood paneling is back on the scene and will be a popular choice once more for 2024 — especially in darker stains. If dark wood and paneling speak to you, here are a few ideas about how to incorporate this new, old trend into your home this year:

  • Architectural details: Wood paneling can be used to enhance architectural details such as coffered ceilings, wainscoting or molding, adding texture and dimension.
  • Statement walls: Dark wood paneling creates a statement, so put it on a wall in a room! It will help add texture, depth and visual interest, and can serve as a focal point to draw attention and anchor the space.
  • Accent pieces: Dark wood makes great furniture. Tables, chairs or cabinets in a darker stain can serve as statement pieces within a room, adding depth and character to the space while still being functional.

One of the great things about this design detail is that it's versatile. From traditional wainscotting to mid century modern style, wood panels can create a variety of aesthetics depending on how you choose to incorporate them.

5. Mixing Textures

Out with uniform materials and textures, in with mix and matching! Combining different textures throughout a living space makes its design more compelling, interesting and varied. Here are a few ideas:

  • Start with a neutral base: Establishing a neutral color palette provides a versatile backdrop that allows different textures to stand out without overwhelming the space.
  • Consider contrast: Mix textures with varying degrees of visual weight and tactile qualities to create contrast and balance in the room. For example, pair rough textures like exposed brick or woven fabrics with smooth surfaces like polished wood or glossy ceramics.
  • Layer soft and cozy textures: Soft and textures like plush rugs, velvet upholstery, faux fur throws and knitted cushions add warmth and coziness that help create a comfortable atmosphere.
  • Mix patterns and fabrics: Patterns are invited to this party, too! Combine different patterns such as stripes, florals, geometrics and solids to introduce more visual interest and dimension.
  • Layer natural textures on different surfaces: Apply natural textures to different surfaces throughout the room including walls, floors and furniture to create cohesion and harmony.

Stay Abreast of Interior Trends In 2024

Interior design trends can be intimidating. They come, they go, and it can be difficult to determine what's worth incorporating into your home and what to skip. Thankfully, you don't have to do all of the deciding.

See a trend you like and want to take advantage of? Looking to make a change to one or multiple rooms in your home but aren't sure what your personal style is? Our expert decorators can help you discern your tastes and preferences to design a space that's trendy and stylish while remaining unique and true to you.

If you want to do a little experimenting on your own first, take our design quiz to learn more about what you like and don't like in a living space.

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