These are the biggest home decor trends of 2024
We haven’t yet stuffed the turkey or trimmed the tree, but when it comes to our homes, we’re already looking forward to the new year. When considering how to revamp our spaces in 2024, we asked several Southern interior designers to share their predictions for their home design and which trends we can expect to see grow in popularity—and which will lose their luster. From thoughtful details to painted wood walls, these are the biggest decor trends of 2024 according to Southern designers.
“Design right now is embracing restraint, and I think we’ll see more of this pared-down aesthetic in 2024,” says Dallas-based interior designer Mary Flannigan. “I love working with homeowners to create a room and then modify it. I start designing a space with the basics and then look for thoughtful ways to incorporate additional finishes and textures. Then we remove anything that seems unnecessary or unintended. This approach ensures that every detail makes a statement and impacts the overall aesthetic .
Shift towards neutrals
“Honestly, I’m very into color,” says designer Andrew Howard of Jacksonville, Florida. “But I think we’ll start to see a shift toward more neutrals in 2024 and into 2025. Fabrics will become more luxurious, more attractive, and interesting enough that color and pattern won’t always have to set the tone.”
“I think we’ll see a lot of rich, earthy colors like Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster and French Gray, which are two of my favorites,” says Richmond, Virginia, designer Lizzie Cox, who also loves sunny yellows and turmeric-like colors. “Painting your entire drawing room (trim, ceilings and walls) in these warm colors will make a beautiful, elevated look for any space.” Jessica Davis of Atlanta-based Atelier Davis also predicts a continued embrace of earthy colors, such as “browns, mossy greens, raisins, and amber.”
Designer Laura Kay was at the forefront of her own Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, home, shown above.
Saturated cabinet colors
While some designers anticipate a general trend toward neutrals and earth tones, others are embracing bolder colors in utilitarian spaces. North Carolina designer Charlotte Lucas calls for purple colors, such as eggplant and plum. She’s so sold on eggplant that she’s using it as a cabinet color in her personal kitchen renovation.
“We think there’s a greater desire for pleated upholstery details on furniture,” says Dallas designer Jean Liu. “It’s a twist on a traditional style that still feels crisp and fresh.”
Designer Maggie Griffin in Gainesville, Georgia, predicts that the coming year will bring “interiors using eclectic found pieces where a beautiful antique is paired next to a modern piece.”
Above, homeowner and writer Frances McDougall took this approach in her Birmingham home with amazing results.
A tribute to the 70s
“The other trend[we’re seeing]is a return to the ’70s style of bed decorating,” Liu points out. “I’ve heard it referred to as the ‘monastic bed-making style.’ Our clients are definitely embracing the simpler bedroom look these days.” Raleigh, North Carolina, interior designer Nikki MacNeil Brown predicts bounces, too: “I’m looking forward to seeing all the ’70s-inspired colors coming into the wall coverings and fabrics!”
Material suitable for anything
“I now see homeowners wanting to invest in furniture and finishes that will stand the test of time, kids, and pets,” says Atlanta designer Liz Williams. “In 2024, I think high-performance fabrics and carpets, as well as indestructible flooring and countertops, will be even more popular.”
“The windows are getting bigger and bigger, and we’re letting the view and outside light become our focus instead of the furniture,” says Howard. “And if that’s the case, I feel like a more neutral background is important. Kind of a return to comfort.” Atlanta interior designer Andy Morse echoes this, noting that next year’s design priority will be for homes that are “comfortable and comfortable.”
The dining room shown above, designed by Laura Hodges for the 2023 Southern Living Idea House, offers natural light and a neutral color palette.
Stay away from wide open spaces
Morse points out that this spirit of cozy decor will apply to home designs as well. “(I think we’ll see) fewer open floor plans and a move to smaller, more intimate arrangements,” she says.
More painted wood walls
“They create a warm environment inside the home,” Howard says. “I know some of us are tired of hearing the word ‘shiplap’ at every design show, but it’s a great look and always has been. We don’t need to fight it because we want to buck show trends!”
Alison Allen’s aforementioned family room proves his case.
Fun loving lampshades
Cone shades with a very narrow opening at the top and much larger, wider openings at the bottom are the current choice of interior designer Carolyn Guider in Birmingham, Alabama. Cox agrees: “Whether in custom fabric, simple paper, or linen, this style of shade elevates any lamp to the next level.”