6 Living Room Design Trends to Watch for in 2024

1. 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," says Joe McGuier, co-founder and principal of JAM. "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. As Betsy Burnham, founder and principal designer of Burnham Design, points out, 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 “Bringing in something timeworn with a historical reference or even a little patina to its finish really grounds things and works wonders to personalize a space,” she says.

2. 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,” Bishop says. “It's all about embracing individuality and weaving a rich narrative through our spaces that reflects the homeowner’s spirit.”

3. 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. Lewis suggests introducing texture from the ground up. “I always want to have a tactile experience when selecting furnishings, and rugs are such a great opportunity to add not only nuance in pattern and tone but texture as well,” she says. For McGuier, the latest 'it' thing is textured walls. “From plaster to upholstery to texture-rich wallpaper, people seem to be realizing that walls don’t always have to be flat, one-dimensional surfaces, but rather another visually captivating element of design that can really engage the senses," he says.

4. Fluted Details

“Fluted details have been on display at design shows throughout the year, accenting everything from kitchen islands to bathroom vanities to living room furniture,” according to a Houzz trend report. 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.

5. 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 that are considered warm are those with a yellow, orange, or red undertone. Pure blue is a cool color, but a blue with a yellow undertone becomes a warm blue shade. Likewise, red with a blue undertone becomes a cool shade of red. The same applies to neutrals, and it looks like cool grays and stark whites will be making way for warmer neutrals next year, like beiges, creamy off-whites, and rich browns and tans.

6. Bold Color and Pattern

“It’s possible that 2024 may be the year we see the decline of the white and neutral-colored minimalist interiors that have dominated in recent years,” McGuier says. 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 are becoming more fearless when it comes to infusing their spaces—living rooms especially—with daring hues.” For living rooms in need of a hero-piece, Burnham suggests turning to wallpaper to pack that extra punch. “Coming in a wide range of prints and textures, wallpaper is a clever technique to showcase one's own personality in a show-stopping and timeless way,” she says.

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