5 outdated home decor trends interior designers want you to kiss goodbye in 2024


Prices are only increasing, and it's important to make every inch of your space worth it in terms of style and function. "With the cost of living leaving consumers wearier than ever, value for money, multi-functional, utilitarian furnishings that offer more than just their initial use are in," says Sam Greig, interior designer at Swoon. "In 2024, I am looking to see multi-functional furniture take on a more stylish appearance."


Small space decorating ideas don't necessarily play by the rules. Now is the time to switch things up. Don't worry if the pieces aren't identical — they shouldn't be, if you ask the pros. "Gone are the days when a feature wall had to be uber symmetrical, or bedside tables need to match," Sam says. "In 2024, it’s time to embrace natural variation and more relaxed layouts to create a sense of spontaneity in every space. Introduce variety into your interior by mixing shapes, sizes, heights, and textures."


The Pantone Color of the Year is Peach Fuzz, and overall, other small space color trends are gravitating towards relaxed tones, whether it'd be neutrals for a Scandi design or a nature-inspired hue for calming colors for a small bedroom.

"Lean towards timeless wall trends like linen whites, soft neutrals, muted greens, and gentle blues that you can pair bolder accessories with to keep on trend without having to invest time and money to repaint," says interior designer Nicole Cullum, founder of the Color Caravan.


We're always interested in hearing how to refresh a small office, but according to Anna Karp, CEO and co-founder of the renovation firm, Bolster, home offices will look at little different in 2024. "With the rise in remote and hybrid working, there's an increased focus on creating flexible spaces that can adapt to different needs throughout the day," she says. "The focus is shifting to spaces being multifunctional, rather than dedicating square footage to a single-use."


Subway tiles are gaining traction and show no signs of slowing down, but these tiles and other types of backsplashes are getting an upgrade in 2024, according to Houzz senior editor, Mitchell Parker. "To visually break up expanses of tile, some designers on Houzz are now installing a slab of stone or quartz behind the range or cooktop, while keeping the surrounding backsplash areas tiled," he says.

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