Interior Design Trends That Will Define 2024
There are many reasons why interior design trends are so fascinating to scrutinise. Aside from the excitement that comes from seeing the designs and designers bringing fresh aesthetics into living spaces, there is also the consideration of how design trends reflect societal trends too.
Take, for example, one of the popular interior design trends of the past decade: regencycore. This aesthetic became part of the mainstream for both interior design and fashion, seeing homes and individuals celebrate the decadence and embellishment of the UK’s regency era. It was a trend that reflected a revived interest in royalty, motivated by popular fictionalised period dramas, such as Bridgerton, or the modern events of the British Royal Family.
Now, as 2024 gets underway, the interior design trends becoming popular are also demonstrating changes in society.
Vogue refers to the budding preference for understated elegance as quiet luxury. It is an interior design aesthetic defined by its lack of assertion, with rooms being adorned with rich, dark colours that are sparingly accentuated with gilded features. Colours, such as royal greens and navy blues are popular but it is the bespoke greys, browns, and blacks that are being most often used to adorn living spaces, balancing well with gold and silver accessories.
This aesthetic reflects the modern shift away from overly glamorous designs. Many fashion brands associated with impressive and flashy designs, for example, are now fairing less well when compared with the rising popularity of more subdued and sophisticated designers.
The outdoors are being brought into homes, with landscapes and log cabins being sources of inspiration for wild aesthetics. This interest in nature is one influencing both decorative design as well as architecture, with homeowners seeking to introduce better airflow and increased amounts of natural light throughout their homes. There is also a focus on organic and natural materials as designers shift away from modern and especially industrial alternatives. This also includes shaping too, and 2024 is set to be a year where curvature truly prevails with the vertices and straight edges of modern homes being swapped for softer and more natural alternatives.
The motivations behind such a shift are plentiful, with many designs honing in on a modern preference for sustainability and environmentally friendly decor, while others wish to support wellbeing within the home by utilising the restorative qualities of nature within their work.
Dark Woods Prevail
For years, and embedded in a fondness for Japandi aesthetics, light woods, such as teak, have been the most popular materials for living space furniture. Throughout this period, antique dealers have been holding onto their darkwood furniture, simply waiting for a time when the trends turn. Now, we are beginning to see preferences finally change.
Dark wood fits with the growing preference for decadence, mimicking the interiors of the early 20th century and an interest in Art Deco era exuberance. This art deco revival fits with designers turning away from minimalism and, instead, moving toward maximalism.