6 Living Room Design Trends to Watch for in 2024
Interior designers say layered textures, warm, inviting colors, and an eclectic mix of furniture will be popular in the coming year.
Vintage Pieces, Artisans, and Heirlooms
Furniture and decor inspired by or made in the not-so-recent past is a must-have living room feature in 2024. The vintage furniture, art, and decor craze is not new, but we don't see it going away anytime soon. People are really taking the time and energy to seek out storied pieces for their homes that carry history and meaning, not to mention excellent craftsmanship and timeless appeal.
Heirlooms and vintage and artisanal pieces have an innate sense of familiarity that provides the comfort and meaning we yearn for in our living room. Good design is about balance and fostering a connection between past and present. Bringing in something timeworn with a historical reference or even a little patina to its finish really grounds things and works wonders to personalize a space.
Eclecticism: Embracing Authenticity
As a result of our desire to create an authentic, personal space, living rooms are expected to take an eclectic turn in 2024. In the new year, we think the design landscape will continue to shift away from sterile minimalism, inviting us to curate vibrant, eclectic spaces that tell our unique stories. It's all about embracing individuality and weaving a rich narrative through our spaces that reflects the homeowner's spirit.
Eclectic style is all about mixing the old with the new, while combining different styles and motifs. To prevent a cluttered mess, create a focal point to guide the eye and avoid too much of everything. Negative space is your friend, allowing the eye to rest and preventing the space from becoming overwhelming. The trick to making different elements work together is to find a unifying element which you can repeat, like color, pattern, and texture.
Texture, Texture, Texture
Layering texture is a technique used by interior designers to add depth and interest to a space and achieve that inviting, comfortable, homey feel we associate with a living space. Combine different textures by choosing a range of material finishes for your home—hard, soft, reflective, and matte—and incorporating soft-furnishings with a mix of patterns and textures into the scheme.
Introduce texture from the ground up by selecting rugs that add nuance in pattern, tone, and texture. Textured walls are also gaining popularity, whether it's through plaster, upholstery, or texture-rich wallpaper. People are realizing that walls don't always have to be flat, one-dimensional surfaces, but can be another visually captivating element of design that engages the senses.
Fluted details have been on display at design shows throughout the year, accenting everything from kitchen islands to bathroom vanities to living room furniture. Fluting refers to a set of shallow grooves running along a surface, usually vertically, creating a decorative and sometimes functional detail. The aesthetic goes as far back as the Romans and adds visual texture and interest to the space.
Incorporate fluting details in your living room with a fluted console or coffee table, or add some fluting to panels on a bespoke piece of carpentry or fluted glass in cabinet doors. For a bolder choice, upgrade your living room with fluted glass wall dividers and doors for light-flooded privacy.
Warm Color Palettes
One of the most talked-about trends of 2024 is the warm color palette set to greet us in the coming year. Colors with a yellow, orange, or red undertone are considered warm. Cool grays and stark whites will be making way for warmer neutrals like beiges, creamy off-whites, and rich browns and tans.
Pantone's color of the year, Peach Fuzz, is also expected to flood living rooms in 2024. This delicate pinky orange shade promotes feelings of gentle warmth and creates a welcoming ambiance. Designers recommend incorporating different tones, textures, and patterns to create a more layered look that affords a room seasonal versatility.
Bold Color and Pattern
2024 may be the year we see the decline of white and neutral-colored minimalist interiors. Bold colors are taking interiors by storm, not only on the walls but also in furnishings, appliances, decor, and modern art. People are revisiting color as a form of self-expression and personality and becoming more fearless when it comes to infusing their living rooms with daring hues.
Wallpaper is a clever technique to showcase one's own personality in a show-stopping and timeless way. With a wide range of prints and textures, wallpaper can be used as a hero-piece to pack that extra punch in a living room.