What Will Interiors and Gardens Look Like in 2024?
From rebel gardening to autumn colour palettes, see our trend predictions for next year
Curved shapes, arches, soft textures and squashy furniture are all set to be big in interiors next year, putting the emphasis firmly on comfort in the home.
Curvy chairs and sofas upholstered in luxurious fabrics were a standout feature at this year’s Decorex design show, and they’ve started to quietly make their presence felt on Houzz, too, as seen in this beautifully comfy room by Cat Dal Interiors.
Last year saw a subtle shift away from cool colours to a warmer palette. This year sees an evolution of the trend, with rich, autumnal shades due to take centre stage in 2024.
Warm reds, such as plum and burgundy, are starting to make their way into kitchen and home designs, as here in a scheme by Boffe Design, and tones of ochre, terracotta and plum were seen right through this year’s Decorex show.
Echoing the move into a richer colour palette, marble worktops and surfaces are set to feature more prominently in 2024, with dramatic, statement marbles taking the place of cooler-veined variants, as in this kitchen by John Lewis of Hungerford.
These brown- and gold-veined marbles pair beautifully with a rich, warm colour palette, and we’re seeing them emerge in both kitchen and bathroom designs.
An interest in traditional materials and crafts has been growing for a while and this looks set to continue, with traditional wall treatments such as limewash and lime plaster, seen here in a project by Ecospheric, making a comeback.
Spotted on Houzz, as well as at this year’s Surface design show, lime-based paints can create a timeless, relaxed finish as well as being an environmentally friendly choice.
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Turning tradition on its head, the trend for stacking tiles vertically rather than in the more usual horizontal brick pattern looks set to continue into 2024.
Thinner tiles positioned in straight vertical lines rather than staggered, as seen here in a bathroom by Scenario Architecture, have been appearing increasingly on Houzz, creating a quiet but impactful statement.
As an evolution of the trend for bringing nature into the home, large-scale wallpaper naturescapes were spotted at this year’s Decorex show and are weaving their way into homes on Houzz.
Tapping into the desire for a connection to the outside, full wall designs allow the homeowner to immerse themselves completely in a natural setting, from a beach to a woodland.
The design seen here is Dungeness from Rest Time collection, BA Textile Design x Coordonné.
Islands have become a mainstay of kitchen design, but the trend for raising them on legs, allowing for space underneath, is a new twist that looks set to continue in 2024.
This design trick has the effect of making a big piece of furniture appear less bulky by allowing light underneath, and can change an island from a dominating element into something a bit more integrated, as this design by Nicola O’Mara demonstrates.
This continues the trend for homeowners wanting their kitchens to feel as carefully designed as other living spaces in the home, with islands being treated as a valued piece of furniture.
Garden design has seen some seismic changes in recent years, thanks to the demands of a changing climate and the need for sustainable outdoor spaces.
Earlier this year we reported on the emerging trend of rubble gardening – an approach that builds on these concerns by turning brownfield sites and areas of building waste into resilient green spaces thanks to careful design and naturalistic planting. Wild City Studio’s walkway, seen here, is a good example.
This radical approach to the way we view our outdoor spaces is set to build in the years to come.
Expect the unexpected when it comes to lighting. This year saw a growing interest in biodynamic lights and next year designs are set to get even more bespoke.
At Clerkenwell this year we spotted Bioo’s biological switch, seen here, which uses technology to allow a plant to decode people’s energy to turn on a light source. You plant the succulent into the ceramic lamp and, once you’ve calibrated it, you can simply touch the plant to switch on the lamp.
At this year’s Decorex, there was also a growing trend for rechargeable lamps that can be moved from room to room.
Painted wooden kitchens have long been popular on Houzz, but an increasing number of unpainted wooden cabinets are starting to appear, with more examples on Houzz pointing the way to a rising trend.
From warm oak to statement plywood to British elm, seen here in a design by H Miller Bros, the trend is to show the grain of the wood and allow its warmth and beauty to shine through.
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