The colors, finishes and other interior trends that could define 2024

As we wrap up 2023, we’re turning our attention to the home design and home furnishings trends we can expect to see in the coming year.

So, for 2024, we’ve compiled 20 trend picks from designers and home interior style watchers. Some are emerging trends; some are carryovers with staying power. And a few are trends finally on their way out.

Spaces

1. The kitchens take center stage: “Over half of designers expect kitchens to be the most requested room design in 2024 … with living rooms trailing closely behind.” Bathrooms are third on the list. (Home design marketplace 1st Dibs)

Kitchen by Scott Harris

2. Home offices stay open: “The home office now has a permanent resident in the landscape of interior design. With remote work settling in for the long haul, our clients are wanting to invest in home offices more than ever. Whether it’s a cozy nook or a dedicated room, home office spaces are calling for stylish design that fuels creativity and keeps those productivity vibes flowing.” (Heather Lucas and Katie Browning, Lucas Browning Design in Pacific Palisades, California)

Even with more people heading back to corporate offices, Heather Lucas and Katie Browning of Lucas Browning Design say their clients continue to invest in home offices. (Credit: Isaac Refinerie)
Work from Home office system by Demarc

3. Let there be natural light: “Nature will be embraced in design in 2024. It’s not just about bringing the outdoors in; it’s making a part of the design. We will be incorporating large windows framing picturesque views, skylights that invite starry nights and mirrors strategically positioned to multiply the goodness.” (Heather Lucas and Katie Browning)

4. Cozycore moves into the bathroom: Serene, clean and spa-like vibes have dominated bathroom design. “In 2024, cozycore will team up with hygge (the Scandinavian design of inviting homes) to create — wait for it — a cozy bathroom. Yup, that means softening the hard surfaces in that workhorse of a room.” Think wood details, natural lighting, greenery and other cozy, warm looks. (Realtor.com)

Colors of 2024

5. Plenty of pastels: “The color palette is all about warm neutrals, and we are even seeing a resurgence of pastels — a dash of pastel pink for a sweet touch, moody blue for a mysterious allure, light blue like a clear sky, and soft yellow or bold ochre to add a sunny pop. Together, these shades create a room that’s not just stylish but also oozing with comfort and charm. (Heather Lucas and Katie Browning)

6. Limewash in the limelight: Designers point to limewash, especially on walls, as a key finish for 2024. (1st Dibs)

7. Bountiful blues: “With so much going on in the world, blue provides a calming influence. Perhaps that’s why so many paint companies are choosing blue as the color of 2024. Whether it’s a sky-inspired hue or a deep watery color, look for an array of blues to be featured more prominently in decorative materials and housewares in the coming year.” (Houzz, a home renovation and design platform)

Benjamin Moore selects Blue Nova as the color of the year 2024

8. Say goodbye to gray: Perhaps ironically, HGTV, which helped cement the trend of gray walls and flooring, says the “color scheme now feels drab, lifeless, and draining.” (HGTV Canada)

9. Neutrals are warming up: With grays waning, there’s fairly broad consensus that warm neutrals (think beiges, inviting off-whites, browns, and even peaches and apricots) will have their moment. “We first predicted this infusion in the kitchen, but the look is beginning to dominate throughout the home to offer a calmer, more welcoming environment. Designers on Houzz recommend incorporating different tones, textures and patterns to create a more layered look that gives a room seasonal versatility.” (Houzz)

Liv Sofas by M, A Hooker Furnishings Brand

Materials, finishes & patterns

10. Wood tones deepen: “I’m definitely seeing a continued push within furniture and walls for dark wood tones like walnut. We pair it with light, airy colors to make it stand out and not give the room a dark feel. Having that rich, moody grain within a space gives the room so much warmth.” (Nicole Hirsch, Nicole Hirsch Interiors in Wellesley, Massachusetts)

Nicole Hirsch of Nicole Hirsch Interiors sees more dark wood tones in furniture and walls and likes to pair them with light, airy hues.

11. Saturation level: “All white rooms have given way to all sorts of saturation. And we’re not just talking deep-hued walls. Ceilings, trim, and window casings are getting a splash of color, too. … Painting the ceiling could be a bold move that’ll bring your whole space into the now.” (Kaitlin Madden, a writer and design blogger based in Connecticut and Vermont)

12. Fine fluting: “Fluted details have been on display at design shows throughout the year, accenting everything from kitchen islands to bathroom vanities to living room furniture. The aesthetic creates a thick, often rough, statement-making detail beneath island countertops, bathroom vanities and dining room tables, adding visual texture and interest.” (Houzz)

13. Herringbone zigs and zags in new ways: This is becoming a go-to pattern for kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces. “But the typically horizontal zigs are beginning to zag in new directions — diagonally or vertically — to create an updated look with visual interest, movement and texture. (Houzz)

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Designer Jennifer Farrell at her home Shot by Monica Orozco featuring a unique installation of herringbone.

14. Stone is super: “Marble, porcelain, quartzite used to fabricate large sinks or furniture pieces will be huge in 2024. We are making some bold, colorful marble selections and using them on sink vanities, up walls and on floors within bathrooms. You can never have too much gorgeous stone and we are continuing to see this application used across all rooms of the house.” (Nicole Hirsch)

15. All that glitters is not gold: “I think that brass and gold tones have really become mainstream, and everyone is looking for something less expected like polished copper, rose gold, pewter, less common metal tones.” (Amy Pigliacampo, Amy Pigliacampo Interiors in Los Angeles)

16. The flights of nature: “(While) florals and plant motifs rose to the top of the charts, butterfly and insect motifs dropped from a consistent 16% of designers expecting popularity in 2022 and 2023 to only 4% in 2024.” (1st Dibs)

Floral_plant patterns_House of Hackney Pair of COMPTON Italian Armchairs, 1970s - COMPTON Onyx Jacquard
 
Designers expect more floral and plant motifs in 2024, but far fewer butterly and insect motifs, a 1st Dibs survey shows.
Designers expect more floral and plant motifs in 2024, but far fewer butterly and insect motifs, a 1stDibs survey shows.

Furnishings

17. Handmade touches: “Handmade tiles, custom bathroom vanities and other bespoke elements … create a feeling that the homeowner has something truly unique and special. … In fact, the 2023 Houzz U.S. Bathroom Trends Report found that the majority of renovating homeowners (62%) opt for a custom or semi-custom vanity.” (Houzz)

18. Giving rounded edges the elbow: “The last year, we really peaked with extreme roundness and soft texture. In 2024, I’m seeing less refined textures, harder edges, more cool metal tones and a juxtaposition of angular shapes.” (Amy Pigliacampo)

19. A new (or old) take on modern organic: “I’m seeing the modern organic trend morph into something I call Ancient Future, which is a softer version of brutalism, with modern clean lines and earthy textures.” (Amy Pigliacampo)

Kaitline Madden says secondhand furniture makes sense for environmental reasons, and gave this old chest new life with white paint on the case.

20. A second look at second hand: “There are so many reasons that secondhand, vintage and antique furnishings will be big this year. … Secondhand furniture is more eco-friendly and sustainable. There is so much stuff already in the world, why not repurpose it or give it new life instead of buying something new?” (Kaitlin Madden)

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