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The Future of Design: 2024 Trends to Look Out For

With a new year comes a whole new set of trendy colors and design in's and out's. Personally I tend to preach to my clients that you design around what you love and are drawn to and not trends as they are ever changing, but it is always good to see what is on the radar for the year.

First let's start with colors. The 2024 Colors of the Year have all been announced and they are being described with the same words: “sanctuary, softness, healing, and calm.”

Just in case you don't remember these were the 2023 Colors of the Year. We definitely saw a shift from cool colors into warmer, one personally that I have been waiting for since cool grays and all bright white everything became the forefront of design.

I know that Pantone is the end all be all of the color world and that fashion depicts life but honestly I have always thought their colors of the year tend to be more suited to clothing, graphics, or pops of color in decor rather than a room drenched it in.

This year's color of the year, Peach Fuzz,

"Nestled between pink and orange, Peach Fuzz is a soft peach hue with a vintage vibe. This warm and cosy shade evokes a new modernity, bringing a feeling of kindness and tenderness, and communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration."

Frankly, I don't see it as a warm and cozy shade as they claim. I feel this particular tone just feels off and a more little Florida retirement village than that modern vintage they may have been after.

I think my brain wants it to have a slightly deeper tone with more brown in it. I think Sherwin-Williams Persimmon (which is HGTV's color of the year) hits the mark better for me or Better Homes and Gardens color of the year from last year, Canyon Ridge.

If this color is resonating with you my suggestion is to pair it with earth tones such as an off white, soft sage green, dark green, light terracotta, or deep brown. I think a dusty gray blue or a navy would look quite nice with it as well. Pop gold or matte black for your metals for a more modern look.

Ok now lets go into what design trends we will be seeing for 2024. Through all of my reading and researching, cause we like to keep on top of things happening in the design world, I've narrowed this list down to these 10 trends.

No. 01 Warm Neutrals

We are finally moving away from the all white, California Casual rooms (for someone who has always hated the all white look this is huge)! We are going to see a shift into warm, textural spaces with natural materials in a moodier more earthy color palette. I think people are wanting that more lived-in, less ridged, character infused spaces.

No. 02 Dark and Moody Colors

If you know me at all, you know I love a good dark moody space and to see this trend come to the forefront this year is very exciting. I have been seeing dark moody colors/spaces making a come back for a couple of years now but it looks like 2024 they are really going to have their moment. I know a lot of people are scared of color, especially dark colors but when they are done right oh are they so good.

No. 03 Shades of Green

Greens , I'm not talking that 1990s hunter green, I am talking that emerald, olive, sage green, have been pushed by the design world for about 4/5 years now and 2024 is finally greens solid move into classic color used in any situation in my opinion.

No. 04 Brown Revival

We have been seeing a shift away from bright whites and grays for a bit now and it looks like 2024 is the year we shift out completely and into chocolate neutrals for especially in flooring,

cabinetry, and casegoods.

No. 05 Warm Reds

This one will be another hate/love trend for 2024. Red paint tends to bring out not so fond memories for a lot of people that lived with a red/burgundy accent wall in a parent's home. Red is poised for a big comeback this year in the design world. It is coming in bold with most using it in a full immersion way instead of a pop, we are talking whole rooms, cabinets, and trim. I'm seeing mostly the red family in rich terracotta, dusty pinks, burgundy, rust, soft mauve, and shades of brown with an earthy, red undertone.

No. 06 Layered Vintage Accents

In recent years there has been an uptick in antique/vintage/thrifted shopping. We are going to see these pieces layered and blended with new pieces to created intentional eclectic spaces. I think this all goes back to that lived-in character space everyone is craving right now.

No. 07 Textured Walls

Wallpaper has been having a revival for a while now and it looks like it is not going anywhere soon. New on the scene for 2024, Roman Clay. I started seeing this trend last year with people incorporating it on fireplaces, accent walls, and in half bathrooms. Also look for interesting murals in unexpected places like foyers and stairwells.

No. 08 Quite Luxury

Think rich velvet furniture pieces, fluted decor and cabinetry, fringe, skirted upholstery, fabric/upholstery details like piping, scalloped details reeded details, gold or brass simple frames, iron work or iron details. These bits and pieces of classical opulence but done more simply with cleaner lines. You are going to see more handmade features and detailed hardware.

No. 09 Bold Statement Tile

On walls and floors bold is the way to go this year. The key for having this look timeless is to keep a simple classic shape but do it in a bold saturated or unexpected color combination.

No. 10 Interior Window Walls

There seems to be a move away from open concept living and back into individual rooms and it looks like interior windows are the way people are making it happen. The whole drive behind the open concept is that people wanted to feel connected to everything that was happening outside of the kitchen. Solution remove all of the walls so that no mater if you were in the living room, dining room or kitchen you could be part of what was happening. It also gave those areas more flexibility and helped turn tight floor plans into well zoned family spaces. Well maybe it was being couped up together in the same space for so long because of Covid or maybe it's the need for us wanting our own space but walls are back. Window walls give us the best of both worlds individual spaces but the feel of openness and connection to the rooms around us.

So there you have it our 2024 Design Trend Round Up. We'd love to hear your thoughts on what's trending for this year in the comments. Looking to add some of these trends to your own home? Contact us for a design consultation to start the design process.

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