2024 Needs to Be the Year You Finally Commit to Wallpaper
The Top Interior Design Trends of 2024David Land
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It’s that time when design pros are using their expertise and creativity to reveal the top interior design trends for the upcoming year — and, as in previous years, their predictions don’t disappoint. Whether you’re planning a gut renovation or simply looking to complete a budget-friendly home refresh, this list of 2024’s biggest home trends from some of our go-to design experts is here to help.
Several of the styles — statement wallpaper, bold hues and striking tiles, for example — prove to have staying power. However, a few more innovative ideas have popped up as well. Among them are woodgrain millwork and design schemes with wellness offerings.
Regardless of where your design sensibilities lie, you’re sure to find a dose of inspiration in this roundup. So, go ahead and consider revamping an entire room or moving forward with a simple upgrade like a hardware change, paint project or new furniture to craft the bedroom retreat or living room of your dreams.
Need more inspiration? Look to the biggest kitchen trends and bathroom trends for the year ahead.
“In 2024, there will be a boom for paint stripping companies, as we’re seeing more and more clients want to expose their original wood millwork. In the same vein, new-build clients are opting for rich woods like walnut, maple and mahogany over paint-grade millwork.” — Jeanne Barber, Camden Grace Interiors
“In 2024, we expect to see brass accents continue to trend in popularity. Versatile by nature, brass exudes a classic and timeless appeal that creates a sense of sophistication in both traditional and modern design environments. It also creates visual interest and contrast by allowing other key design elements and materials — such as marble or wood — to shine, making it a popular choice amongst our clientele.” — Paul Kropp, Bakes & Kropp
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“While there’s a time and place for over-the-top design elements, I’m currently enjoying the art of seamlessly integrating touches of opulence with a relaxed ease. It’s about adding in those little touches that feel a bit fancier without compromising the overall effortless and clean feel of the space. We are seeing this trend not only in furnishings, but also in our approach to finishes with a shift toward more character in edge profiles, detail-driven plumbing fixtures, wallpapers in powder baths and even the incorporation of vintage rugs and furnishings into primary or guest bathrooms.” — Shea McGee, Studio McGee
“I love the move from neutrals to the energized use of bold and saturated colors in interiors. This entry embraces the client’s love of orange and has been accented by the use of cobalt blue. I predict we will see color used more and more in 2024!” — Patrick Dragonette, Dragonette
“In 2024, ‘Quiet Luxury’ will be the hot trend in interior design. The idea is that innovation and timeless elegance will merge, resulting in spaces that inspire and elevate everyday living. ‘Quiet Luxury’ interiors will feature sustainable materials, discreetly integrated smart technology and a revival of classic design elements that evoke nostalgia while embracing the modern era.” — Adam Hunter, Adam Hunter Studio
Wallpaper in Unexpected Places
“Wallpaper has definitely made a comeback, but homeowners are starting to use it in unexpected places to bring in a little fun and surprise in spaces that, for the most part, get overlooked. Closets used for coats, linen, towels or small bars will get a glow-up because every space in a home should feel special, even if you don’t see them every day.” — Linda Hayslett, LH.Designs
“Neutrals and toned-down, calming spaces had their moment, but we’re all ready for a dose of color with bolder hues. While I love a good neutral, rich, saturated colors are always a favorite because of the drama and depth they bring to a space.” — Molly Torres Portnof, DATE Interiors
Photo: Seth Caplan, Styling: Mariana Marcki-Matos
“Gone are the days of light and bright painted walls in small spaces. Adding organic natural wood on all walls in small spaces used to be frowned upon because it made the room feel small. I am seeing wood siding in spaces big and small, and we are loving how cozy the spaces feel.” — Raili Clasen, Raili CA Interior Design; author of upcoming book, Surf Style at Home (Gibbs Smith, April 2024)
“We’re seeing a lot more use of statement tiles – especially in showers. Using a statement or accent tile in a shower can help to break up the monotony, especially as the size of showers and wet areas continue to grow larger and larger.” — Rachel Atkins, Dwellify
Katie Griff Photo
“Many of us are trained to think you have to stick to one hardware finish throughout the home. However, many homeowners are opting to mix metals in the same way you might layer jewelry. Hardware in closets can set the tone for a more playful, modern or masculine space, and clients are realizing there’s a way to create balance with the rest of the home, without everything matching.” — Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design
Courtesy of Meghan Beierle O’Brien
Intimate Dining Areas
“In the past decade, there has been a noticeable shift in preferences—many now favor separating the kitchen from the dining room, moving away from the once-popular open concept. This change reflects a growing inclination, reminiscent of today’s popular period dramas, to create more intimate dining experiences for gatherings with family and friends. This often involves blocking direct access to the busy kitchen, immersing guests in beautifully designed dining rooms.” — Rayman Boozer, Apartment 48
“From back kitchens, additional wet bars, to butler’s pantries, I expect more and more homeowners to create extensions of their kitchens with secondary spaces. With the option of being transitional or closed off behind doors, these secondary spaces can house everything from additional refrigeration and warming drawers to built-in coffee systems, wine storage, dishwashers, and more – adding greater functionality and convenience when it comes to preparing and storing food.” — Hilary Matt, Hilary Matt Interiors, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove
“I’m seeing jewel tones and statement rugs — lots of color with statement neutrals. I think clients are tired of mid-century modern and subtle tones in rooms and are ready for more character and uniqueness.” — Jennifer Fisher, J. Fisher Interiors
“Muted tones will become the new neutrals. As a color devotee, I expect that homeowners will expand their definition of neutral to include muted tones like soft blue, sage green, dusty rose pink, and even buttery yellow as new foundational colors. That way, they’re incorporating color without going all-in — at least right away. Try painting a soft, contrasting neutral on your ceilings, moldings and baseboards for a creative take. — Dabito, Old Brand New creative studio; Opendoor 2024 Home Decor Report Consultant
Design, Photography and Styled by Dabito
Hallways With Colorful Wallpaper
“Colorful wallpapers in hallways will be a trend. Hallways and corridors can be difficult to fill with pictures, so colorful wallpaper works perfectly. The wallpaper pictured is the latest collection of wallpaper from KMI titled Leaves in Red.” — Kathryn M. Ireland
“For two luxury developments in Washington, DC, we are drafting spectacular indoor and outdoor movie areas, rooftop pools and co-working lounges with private booths overlooking the main open lounge. If you create magical spaces with character, Wi-Fi and enough outlets for charging, people will come. Similarly, we’re working on a Beach Club and residences in Naples, Florida, where the developer has asked for a full-size bar to be added. Pre-pandemic this would have been unusual, but now it’s a sought-after element in designing spaces for a certain lifestyle.” — Winston Kong, Champalimaud Design
“People will start departing with enclosing certain elements with drywall and embracing exposed structures, specifically staircases. It’s the perfect architectural element to show off in your space and can be a captivating focal point in traditional and contemporary spaces. While daylight will always be trendy, opening up your stairwell can help with guiding that light through your home. Grab the sledgehammer and show off those treads!” — Jessica Haley, RODE Architects
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