Houzz has released its annual home design predictions for 2024, and there is a definite nod towards cosiness and warmth, plus how a changing urban environment is influencing design choices.
With a collective of over 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts, complemented by a network exceeding 3 million residential construction and design professionals, Houzz is able to gain these unique and real insights into how people are crafting their living spaces.
Here are 10 must try interior trends for 2024 that made the list.
10 Must-Try Interior Design Trends for 2024
Kitchen islands, according to the 2023 Houzz UK Kitchen Trends Survey, have firmly established themselves in kitchen design, being installed by 38% of kitchen renovators.
Traditionally, kitchen islands have always met the floor as part of their design. But Houzz are seeing the emergence of elevated kitchen islands.
Houzz said, “The trend for raising them on legs is a new twist that we are beginning to see emerge on Houzz. This can help make a bulky item appear lighter and slimmer, by allowing light underneath, and it 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”.
Houzz shared, “Last year we predicted a shift from cool colours to a warmer palette, and we expect to see an evolution of this trend next year, with rich autumnal shades taking centre stage in 2024”.
“Red, arguably the colour of the season during September’s fashion weeks, is beginning to creep into interiors, with warm shades such as plum and burgundy making their way into kitchen and home designs on Houzz. Tones of ochre, terracotta and caramel were all spotted throughout this year’s Decorex show and designers on Houzz continue to highlight the versatility of earthy green shades”.
The paint brand Little Greene have even launched a pre-cursor of the colours we want to see in our interiors next year with their Sweet Treats capsule collection of colours. It’s cohesive across the design world that this is the direction colours are going in over the coming year.
Marble has always been seen as a luxurious move in an interior, but we’re moving away from those typical grey veins that have featured heavily in bathrooms and kitchens over the last few years.
“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. These bold, brown and gold veined marbles pair beautifully with a rich, warm colour palette, and we are seeing them crop up in more kitchen and bathroom designs on Houzz” said Houzz.
As the climate undergoes transformation, and sustainability gains prominence in garden design, professionals on Houzz are noting an impending seismic shift in outdoor spaces.
The experts at Houzz said, “From rubble gardening–the idea of turning brownfield sites and building waste into thriving gardens–to drought-tolerant designs and an openness towards naturalistic and less regimented planting schemes, we expect to see a more radical approach to the way we view our outdoor spaces in the years to come”.
Next year, expect even more of a strong focus on comfort in interior design as curved shapes, soft textures, and plush furniture take centre stage.
Boucle has been reigning supreme over the last couple of years, but according to Houzz, there are some other materials worth investing in next year that could be better alternatives for your cosy seating arrangement.
Houzz shared, “Curvy chairs and sofas upholstered in super soft, luxurious fabrics were a standout feature at this year’s Decorex event, and they’ve begun to make their presence felt on Houzz too. Boucle will continue to feature heavily next year but we also expect to see more sherpa and sheepskin designs in comforting tones of beige and caramel emerge”.
Traditional wall treatments such as lime wash have begun to really grow in popularity throughout interiors, there’s something about its natural look that’s cosy and restorative in a space.
From bedrooms to living rooms, this type of wall treatment is relatively easy to achieve and delivers a perfect aesthetic.
“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 lime wash making a comeback”.
“Increasingly spotted within the most-saved photos on Houzz, lime-based paints can create a timeless, relaxed finish as well as being an environmentally friendly choice”, said Houzz.
On the flip side, in the realm of tiles, designers on Houzz are challenging tradition. The practice of vertically stacking tiles instead of adhering to the conventional horizontal brick pattern appears poised to extend its influence into 2024.
There’s something unexpected about the way we expect to perceive tiles, and the horizontal stacking brings additional visual interest to a space.
Designers on Houzz are using thinner subway-style tiles positioned in straight vertical lines rather than staggered as with a traditional brick pattern to create a quiet but impactful statement wall in bathrooms, kitchens and even living spaces.
There remains this incessant urge to opt for more sustainable and natural materials in our homes, and bare wood kitchens not only look beautiful, but they bring a natural warmth that can’t be achieved with paint.
They’re most definitely a contemporary style statement, but they can be enjoyed in farmhouse, rustic and modern interior styles too.
Houzz said, “Painted wooden kitchens have long been popular on Houzz, but an emerging trend of unpainted wooden cabinets is starting to creep in, with more examples on Houzz pointing the way to a rising trend”.
“From warm oak to statement plywood, the trend is to show the grain of the wood and allow its warmth and beauty to shine through”.
Incorporating nature into interior design is a long-standing trend, and it appears poised to take a more literal turn next year. Designers on Houzz anticipate the emergence of large-scale wallpaper naturescapes in various design concepts.
“Tapping into the desire for a connection to the outside, large-scale wall designs allow the homeowner to immerse themselves fully in a natural setting, from a beach to a woodland”, said Houzz.
It’s relatively easy to get the look on a budget too, with beautiful mural wallpaper that tells the complete story and is easy for non DIY professionals to install too.
Everything we know about lighting might be set to change, it’s not all about the traditional routes of pendant lights, wall lights and floor lamps anymore.
This year witnessed a rising fascination with biodynamic lighting, and in the upcoming year, lighting is going to become even more personalised and unique.
Houzz said, “We are seeing designers on Houzz get more experimental, from incorporating statement wall lights that are almost pieces of artwork, to using small portable lamps which can be moved from room to room or introducing well-planned lighting schemes that can be adapted throughout the day”.
Which of these Houzz design trend predictions for 2024 are you most excited about?