Embracing the Future

Embracing the Future: 2024 Interior Decorating Trends

As we step into a new year, interior design continues to evolve, reflecting the changing tastes and preferences of homeowners.

Whether you are planning a complete home makeover or seeking subtle updates, this article will hopefully guide you through the top decorating trends that will dominate the scene in 2024. Live In Taste would love to be part of your exciting journey of design, innovation, and creativity, as well as a celebration of both modernity and sustainability.

Cozy Quiet Luxury

2024 sees a trend toward relaxed and casual luxury, specifically when it comes to furniture leaning more towards comfortable, lived-in furniture rather than smooth clean, and sterile looks. We will see a huge uptick in the renewal of old, classic, investment pieces, timeless with elegant shapes evolved through reupholstery.

Though the debate on bouclé continues, the style can be right at home in your design with revamped design and usage. According to The New York Design Center, the design world remains divided on the fate of bouclé in 2024. A noteworthy 54.5 percent of designers believe it is on its way out, while the remaining 45.5 percent are adamant that it is here to stay, setting the stage for an intriguing debate on the future of this textured fabric.

What about colour?

The Brown Renaissance

 We will continue to see designs trending out of grays and bright whites towards browns, creams, rusts, and muted greens. Not only will this be visible in fabrics and textiles but also in cabinetry and walls. Think lacquered walls, velvet drapery and heavy textured linen sofas. This year is all about comfort and we know all about creating spaces when comfort and elegance can walk side by side.

This wave of chocolate neutrals has also been recognised by a survey on design trends in The New York Design Center conducted that over 90% of respondents predict that brown will be the colour of choice in 2024. In 2023 red was the favourite colour in fashion spilling over to design on the mixed sense of latte – think rooibos tea.

Dec/Jan issue of Home/Tuis magazine calls it “this Summers’ warmest colour.” The Rooibos Pantone® 18-1355 has been nominated under the top ten colours in the fashion world. It is full-bodied, red imbued with rich, woody notes.

This toned-down shade has the same feel and nostalgia as the shade of a garment that has been carefully packed away in a cedar chest for a long while just waiting to be discovered and made new again. This emphasises the importance of renewing, restoration, and the revival of items through services as reupholstery, wallpapering, and painting techniques. Purchasing of antiques or showcasing hand me downs from eras gone by such as antique pieces that have been passed down from generations will have centre stage in rooms.

Inviting Living and Mono Rooms

So long to cold, white living rooms! Embrace a living room you can relax in without worrying about accidental wine stains, dog paws or kiddie’s hand marks.

We are still on the “minimalism” trend but evolved into a look that is less stiff for a more organic and inviting feel. Warm, textural spaces with natural materials in moodier, earthy colour palettes as mentioned above.

In addition to more relaxed spaces, we find mono rooms to be spot-on this year. Mono rooms in essential are the tone-on-tone layering of hues. Imagine using the same colours hues to transform a single room with only textures, silhouettes, fabrics, materials, and shapes.

This brings me to the use of sculptural art to create depth and dimension through wall-mounted sculptures, to mix artworks in a variety of finishes, textures, and shapes.

Prints behind glass can feel extremely flat, but the return of the 80’s and 90’s glass bricks see us reusing this material innovatively in floors, tables, and tiles.

Vintage Lighting Era & Personalised Eclecticism

 Think of the 50’s era – Imagine Italian and French floor lamps and pendants creating drama, warmth, and an earthy atmosphere. Away with the modern, sleek, and back with the second-hand vintage finds in old corner shops once forgotten, in search of secret hidden gems.

Does this mean we will see personalised eclectism increasing in 2024?

Yes, a year of storytelling where we put décor with character and stories first. Hang those old black and white family photos with pride in different and unique ways. Homeowners have the desire to create a connection to their past.

Textured Finishes and Materials & Biophilic Design

 Adding solid interest to spaces through textured finishes will be a prominent trend in 2024. Designers are exploring various materials like textured wallpapers, mixed metals, concrete, terrazzo, and rattan to create visual and tangible interest.

These textures add depth and character to spaces, making them visually intriguing and inviting. Incorporating textured elements through furniture, rugs, textiles, or wall treatments can assist in creating a dynamic and engaging interior.

Bringing nature indoors is a trend that is here to stay. Biophilic design (incorporates natural elements and greenery into interior spaces) continues to gain popularity in 2024. Installing living walls, placing potted plants, and incorporating natural textures in furniture and décor items add a fresh and revitalising feel to any room. Biophilic design not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also promotes a sense of calm and improved well-being.

Conscious and Sustainable Materials

 With increasing awareness of our environmental impact, homeowners are seeking environmentally conscious décor options. 2024 indicates a much greater emphasis on sustainable and eco-friendly design choices. Materials in both design and building.

While designers and homeowners have been open to more intentional sustainable choices, this year will become an overarching goal.

Natural and organic materials like reclaimed wood, bamboo, recycled glass, and ethically sourced fabrics will take centre-stage.

Embracing eco-friendly furniture, energy-efficient lighting, and low VOC paints (paint that contains less than 50 grams per liter of volatile organic compounds) allows homeowners to create a harmonious space while minimising their ecological footprint.

This increasing trend will however not lack in excitement!

Think unique pieces like seaweed lamps, features made of mycelium brick (an organic brick that is formed from organic waste and the mycelium of fungus), or Japanese shikkui plaster, (a natural material made by mixing salt-grilled slaked lime, seaweed glue, and hemp fiber). Hemp fabric is a type of textile that is made using fibers from the stalks of the Cannabis sativa plant. This list is growing daily as companies are realising that “waste” can be re-used and re-purposed in so many ways to save our planet and for us to live more eco-friendly.

 This ongoing trend creates new and exciting business opportunities for Designers, Artists, and anyone that sees the potential of creating something out of waste that will be appealing and have a sense of belonging in our world going forward.

 Happy hunting for those antique treasures and remember Live in Taste is all about renewal and revival – please give us a shout for any requirements. We would love to assist you in creating the space that will bring you and your family together.