I’ve been a professional interior design writer and editor for more than 12 years, and in that time, I’ve seen the top home color trends change a handful of times. Five years ago, cool toned gray was the go-to neutral, but now beige is back. At the same time, muted colors like blush and icy blue have given way to more saturated shades of burgundy, mushroom and olive.
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If you’re not totally attuned to decorating styles, or you’re finding yourself redecorating your home for the first time in a decade and your head is swimming in a sea of muted-toned paint swatches, I’m here to help.
Here’s an overview of what this year’s big home color trends will be, including the top picks from all the big paint brands, plus designer advice and more.
What are the top home color trends of 2024?
The overarching theme for home color trends is that color is back, and cool tones are being replaced by warmer ones.
Here’s a look at the colors we’ll all love this year.
Beige and cream
Bright white and silver gray were the go-to neutrals of the 2010s, but you’ve probably noticed that the default neutrals are now warmer tones. That’s right, beige is back! White and gray have been replaced by beige colors and creams, from cream-colored boucle sofas, to pale beige-colored walls.
If you’re scarred by the orangey-tan walls of the late 90s and early 2000s, choosing greige paint colors like Benjamin Moore Pale Oak or neutral beiges like Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige will ensure the look feels like a modern home instead of your mom’s home.
Warm Neutrals Like Brown and Terracotta
As I mentioned, neutral shades overall are becoming warmer, whether it’s on walls or floors. After years of being out of style, shades like brown, terracotta, and burnt orange are becoming go-to hues, as are wood tones in general.
Sherwin Williams’ color of the year last year was a shade called Redend Point, which is a color akin to red rocks, or clay. It’s a warm, pinkish, mid-tone neutral that feels very of the moment. Similar shades include Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink (above) and Dead Salmon.
I recently got an trend roundup from the publicist representing national homebuilder Taylor Morrison, and one of the key points noted the shift to warmer tones overall. “Adding soft, warm tones and light wood accents can immediately add warmth and bring cool tones into the new trends we are seeing today. Redend Point is an example of nature highlighting how some colors work well together,” the note said.
Burgundy and maroon
It’s been a minute (a lot of minutes) since a rich red was a home color trend, especially dark, purply reds like Burgundy and maroon. In fact, I can’t think of a year in my nearly 15 years as a home editor where a shade of red was truly the ‘it’ color. But, dark, deep reds are back. I’d actually go as far as to call burgundy the new green. The color is showing up on everything from walls, to rugs, to throw pillows.
In fact, Pantone’s color of the year in 2023 was a mid-tone shade of red called Viva Magenta.
Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2023 was also a shade of red, albeit a slightly brighter one, called Raspberry Blush.
Speaking of Pantone, the brand took a cue from the early ’90s and named Fuzzy Peach its color of the year for 2024. This one is still so fresh I haven’t seen it used as much in design, but it’s only a matter of time before it trickles over from the fashion world. It’s also an easy evolution from beige, tan, and sandy pinks.
I got an email from a publicist for Graham & Brown, with some ideas for using peach at home from their trend specialist Paula Taylor. She says: “Peach instantly warms any interior space. It works beautifully with neutrals and wood tones for a really cozy look that creates a cocoon effect, and also collaborates wonderfully with white and pink to create a gentle feminine look. The addition of green tones of sage, duck egg or mint can really mix things up and create a contemporary room particularly when used with light greys or charcoal.”
All of the above sound lovely to me!
Olive and moss green has been a big hue in interiors for the last few seasons, and it will remain an on-trend color in 2024 and beyond. While it can be a bold choice for paint, which is why I kept it to a small powder room space in my own home, olive green is a beautiful accent color for throw pillows and decor.
Steely blue hues, and blue-gray paint colors (especially or mid-tones blues with a gray undertone), have replaced more traditional navy blue as the go-to blue hues, a la the space above by designer Jean Stoffer.
Which brings me to my next home color trend:
Mid-tone paint colors
A few years ago, paint was either super light (i.e. bright whites) or super dark ( a la black interior doors and dark colored accent walls).
Among Behr’s colors of the years are Perfect Taupe (one of my personal favorites and the color in my bedroom!), Smokey Pink, and Vermllion, all of which sit in that happy medium of being not too dark and not too light.
Blogger Julia Marcum, of Chris Loves Julia, has also declared mid-tone paint colors to be the ‘it’ tone for the next few years, and chose one (Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray) for her study, in the photo above.
Dark Wood Tones
White oak and bleached woods have been the top furniture and floor color trend in the last 5 years, but wood-tones are getting darker. Rich, antique inspired tones like mahogany and chestnut are a top choice for both flooring and furniture.
One of the biggest home color trends is actually not a specific color at all, it’s just a way to use it. Color washing, which refers to painting the walls, trim and doors (and even the ceiling, in some cases) all the same color. The look is reminiscent of the English Cottage aesthetic that’s taking over design right now.
How to track the top home color trends
There are a few ways I track home color trends to see what’s in-style and what’s coming up. It’s actually pretty easy to see these big trends emerge, and they tend of happen all at once.
The first thing I always look to is the paint brands’ colors of the year (along with Pantone’s). Most of the major paint brands choose a color of the year, or a palette of the year, which signals the way that color trends are heading. While I don’t always think the colors are the most usable hues, they do tend to say something about the actual colors that are trending. I.e. a couple of years ago, almost every major brand chose a shade of green, and green has been everywhere ever since. This year, red is the most popular color, and it’s certainly experiencing a major comeback.
This sounds a bit strange, but I also look at the throw pillow colors the major home decor stores are offering. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that suddenly, Crate & Barrel and West Elm and H&M Home all start to sell throw pillows in similar hues. A few years ago it was blush pink and pale silvery blue, pale sage greens, and grays. Then it was rust, and amber. And if you look now, you’ll see a lot of the colors mentioned above.
Lastly, top interior designers are always ahead of the mainstream decor trends. In fact, they’re the ones often setting the trends. If you follow the major “mass-market” interior designers, like Joanna Gaines, and Studio McGee, and Jean Stoffer, you’ll notice specific colors or design styles start to pop up more on your Instagram feed, and you’ll notice trends pretty quickly.
Even Joanna Gaines, who used to be known for her all-white farmhouse looks, and gone moody and saturated over the last few years. Which is proof that farmhouse has really run its course and we’re all ready for warmer, more colorful, more personal looks.