Like fast fashion, home decor trends change quickly these days. Decades ago, people would decorate their homes once every 20 years. Now it seems like it’s time for a refresh every four or five.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we should all abandon our decorating style and start from scratch any time there’s a new home decorating trend on the horizon. Also like in fashion, it’s best to choose the trends that suit your style and leave the rest. If something doesn’t feel like “you,” skip it. No need to go full fashion victim, here.
After writing about home decor trends and interiors for more than 15 years, I’ve been conditioned to spot trends, and I love figuring out what’s next. So, I’ve gathered together all of the new looks that I’ve seen emerging recently, from fresh patterns and colors that we’ll all gravitate toward, to new ways of shopping that are more sustainable, and rounded them up for you, below.
Also, I wanted to shoutout design guru Maria Killam, for calling this home decor trend roundup “the best trend round up I’ve read in years!” I hope you find it as insightful as she did.
One final tip – this is a long one, so use the Table of Contents to help navigate it.
The biggest home decor trends for 2024
Because there are so many trends happening right now, I’ve broken them down into a few categories, including:
- Colors and materials trends for surfaces like walls, floors, countertops, etc.
- Furniture and decor trends, including materials, styles and patterns
- Kitchen trends for cabinets, backsplashes, lighting and more
Materials & Color Trends
By materials, I mean things like trim and molding, tile, finishes etc. Here are some of the big things I’ve been seeing for this year!
1. Color-washing, AKA Painting the ceiling, trim, and walls all one color
All white rooms have given way to all sorts of saturation. And we’re not just talking deep-hued walls. Ceilings, trim, and window casings are getting a splash of color, too. So if you’re planning to paint this year, look up. Painting the ceiling could be a bold move that’ll bring your whole space into the now.
2. Berry-Toned Colors
That’s right, red is back. After years of feeling dated, like your mom’s house in the early 2000s, deep, berry-colored red hues (as well as purpley-tones, too), have been experiencing a resurgence as a wall color of choice. To make the look modern, though, you almost have to paint all your trim in the color, too (ceiling is optional, but I do love the look above). White trim starts to evoke the 2000s feel.
3. Mid-tone paint colors
Speaking of saturation, it seems like we’ve done a total 180 on the all-white walls trend. Home color trends are leaning towards moody, mid-tone wall colors that are dark, but not too dark.
Many of the big paint brands’ colors of the year the past few years have been mid-tone hues, including Benjamin Moore’s 2024 Pick, Blue Nova.
4. Wall trim
Shiplap spurned an interest in wall paneling and trim years ago, and since then the look has evolved to more traditional styles like picture-frame molding and elaborate crown molding, and the farmhouse-inspired board-and-batten paneling (like in my entry above). I love this look because it makes an entire room feel more bespoke. Long live trimwork.
5. Tongue & Groove Paneling / Beadboard
We’ve turned shiplap on its side! Instead of the horizontal paneling, classic beadboard is coming back as both a kitchen backsplash material, and a wall trim idea. To make the look feel contemporary, take the beadboard 3/4 of the way up the wall, instead of the more traditional 1/2 way up.
6. Checkered tile
Checkerboard tile is a classic, but it’s becoming a more popular pick for new homes and renovations thanks to its timeless look. I recently used a dark gray and white marble checkerboard tile in our home renovation and I LOVE how it turned out (see above).
This look is also being done with colored tile (think rust with white, or tone-on-tone hues).
7. Dusty Pink Walls
Keeping in line with the return of cranberry hues is the re-entrée of dusty pinks into the world of decorating. The shade of pink I’m talking about is more sophisticated than sweet (i.e. this is not baby nursery pink), thanks to obvious neutral undertones. Sherwin Williams hit the nail on the hear with their color of the year last year, Redend Point.
8. Calacatta Viola Marble & Arabescato Marble
Calacatta Viola marble, which has large, dark-colored veins in shades of near-black, deep purple and/or espresso brown, is showing up in bathroom sinks, kitchen countertops, and slab-style kitchen backsplashes. Ditto for Arabescato marble, which has a slightly subtler gray-toned veining.
10. Mushroom paint colors
Furniture & Decor Trends
Boucle is a nubby fabric that started coming back into style a few years ago, notably when Gwenyth Paltrow launched the ‘Gwyneth’ chair with cb2. It’s now a huge trend, and one that’s not going anywhere. It was all over Salone del Mobile in Italy in 2023 (which is an Italian furniture show that’s like the fashion week of home decor), so that means the interior design powers that be are obsessed with it, so we can all expect to see it for another five years or more.
12. Botanical wallpaper
Botanical wallpaper is the must-have wall treatment this year, and the more traditional it looks, the better. Look to brands like Sanderson, Sandberg, Kravet and Schumacher for the best selection.
13. Mural wallpaper
Mural wallpaper, like the kind above in the home of Julia Marcum, is part of the turn towards traditional again. But, I also think it’s an extension of the landscape art trend, just done on a larger scale. I love it.
14. Arches everywhere
Arches are a big trend, both in architecture as well as furniture design. Arched cabinets in particular are having a moment.
15. A secondhave wave
There are SO many reasons that secondhand, vintage and antique furnishings will be big this year. For one, there’s a big issue with supply chains around the world, meaning that everything (but especially furniture, it seems) is hard to get and taking forever to ship. If you’ve tried to order a sofa, you know that lead times are literally 4-6 months, or more. Purchasing secondhand can solve a lot of these issues.
Aside from easing supply chain problems, secondhand furniture is also more eco-friendly and sustainable. There is so much stuff already in the world, why not repurpose it or give it new life instead of buying something new?
Thanks to Facebook marketplace, Etsy, etc, it’s also easier than ever to find pre-loved and vintage pieces.
The table above is a secondhand piece from a family member. I painted it to give it a new look.
16. ’80s silhouettes
’80s decor is back (but we’re doing it more tastefully this time around, praise be). The biggest way we’ll be working in ’80s glam is through silhouette.
Think of the chunky, rounded, geometric furniture designs that have emerged over the last few years as a reaction to all of the midcentury modernism we’ve been hit with over the last decade. (Which is exactly what happened in the ’80s: after the OG midcentury modernism craze in the 1950s-1970s, the bold Memphis design style took over in the ’80s and early ’90s).
I’ve seen this new ’80s-inspired furniture paired with super organic pieces, like the oversized pottery, primitive accent pieces, and earth-toned palettes and the result is chic AF. It also, ironically, pairs well with some of those midcentury pieces you’re surrounded with right now.
17. Vintage wall art (or at least wall art that looks vintage)
Preferably, it’s in big gilt frames. Even better if it’s propped up on your kitchen counter or taking center stage in an otherwise contemporary living room. A few subjects that are particularly on-trend: forest landscapes (landscape paintings could almost be a trend in and of themselves), oil portraits, and dark, moody still lifes. This is a trend I’ve gotten on board with big time in my own home.
18. Organic pottery.
Again, this one’s super-specific, but it’s also everywhere. Big vessels and planters that look like they were handmade 400 years ago? So hip for 2024, and the answer to the tripod-style planters that were on-trend a few years back.
19. Oganic Modern Design
This style is hands-down one of the most-loved Instagram home décor styles of the last year. Organic modern design leans heavily on the neutrals, and incorporates both rustic/organic elements, and streamlined/modern ones.
20. Cone lamp shades
You couldn’t give away cone-shaped or pleated lamp shades five years ago — just ask the Goodwill. But now, a pyramid-like silhouette is all the rage when it comes to lighting. I scored the vintage lamp (and conical lampshade), above, on Etsy.
21. Pleated & Printed Lamp Shades
Yes, 2024 is a big year for lamp shade trends. Aside from cone-style lampshades, the other big looks are pleated shades, as well as patterned shades. Bonus if your pleated lampshade has a pattern.
22. Cane & rattan
Rattan and cane have been having a moment for a couple of years now, and it’ll continue into 2024. It’s classic, and incredibly versatile because it can read traditional, coastal, bohemian, and modern all at once. Go check your favorite home decor retailer and you’ll probably see at least half-a-dozen cane or rattan options: cane dressers, chairs, beds, settees, stools, benches. It’s all over the house. Also big for 2024: Cane lamp shades. Like I said, lots of shade trends happening this year.
23. Grandmillennial decor
Grandma’s attic is officially the spot to shop. For a few years, decor in general has been trending back to traditionalism. People are *decorating* again, in the sense that we’ve traded minimalism for maximalist, and contemporary trends for enduring styles.
Think: matching your sofa fabric to your drapery, adding fringe to the sofa, and breaking out the wedding china to set a table that would make Dorothy Draper proud.
24. Money trees.
There’s always an it plant. You know a plant has become popular when faux versions start to crop up at trendy retailers like CB2, West Elm, and Target. Money trees have taken a spot next to the still-popular olive tree as the houseplant of choice for designers and influencers alike.
25. Abstract art
Abstract art prints have been trending for years now (longer than I thought when I DIYed about 10 different prints for my apartment in Boston in 2014, and then carted them to Seattle, Chicago, and now to Connecticut because I actually still like them).
Of course, the style has morphed since then, from graphic line paintings to more Cy Twombly-esque abstracts (see the example above), but the overall look is one that remains popular.
Travertine is everywhere this year, but it’s especially popular for accent tables.
27. Reeded and prismatic glass
From light fixtures, to doors, to candleholders, reeded glass will be big in 2024. It’s got a vintage vibe that makes whatever it’s used on feel authentic and original.
28. Checkerboard pattern
Checkerboard pattern is having a big moment across all things decor, but especially for area rugs and throw pillows. Adding a pop of the pattern is one of the easiest ways to bring your look up-to-date.
29. Skirted Furniture
Going along with a trend toward traditionalism, skirted furniture has made a resurgence. The skirting ranges from classic ruffles, to more tailored box-pleats and fun fringes.
30. Scalloped details
From rugs, to bedding, to furniture, scalloped edges are everywhere.
Plaid is a classic, so it’s always sort of in style in some form or another. But this year, plaid will be even bigger than usual. Openwork plaids and windowpane plaids are specially
32. Floral prints like chintz and ditsy florals
Whoooo would have every guessed that chintz an ditsy florals would return to their place as the pinnacle of fashion in 2024? These 90s staples, both characterized by allover floral patterns, are the must have prints for textiles an wallpaper. Block-print florals, and William Morris designs are all big.
Kitchen trends 2024
There are a number of big kitchen design trends to be aware of in 2024 and beyond. Here’s a rundown of the biggest trends overall. There are also a ton of kitchen color trends and cabinet color trends happening this year, so I’ve created a separate section for those.
33. English Country style
Overall, English-style kitchens are inspiring a lot of the kitchen trends for 2024. From the slab backsplashes that go halfway up the wall, to the chalky mid-tone color schemes, and antique elements, it’s all about UK influences with kitchen design.
I put this trend first because, as you read this post, you’ll see all sorts of English-kitchen-inspired trends, and I reference it a bunch of times.
34. Unlacquered and antique brass
Brass has been a big kitchen trend for years, but this year, there will be a move away from the bright, brushed brass of the 2010s and toward a patinaed look like unlacquered or antique brass.
Appliance garages have been a big kitchen trend for a while now, because they make it easy to slide your appliances into a cabinet while also keeping them handy. But this year, designers are getting crafty with these nifty storage areas and hiding them behind cabinet panels that look like kitchen backsplashes or part of the cabinetry. See the Chris Loves Julia example, above.
If you’ve spent any time on Instagram in the last year, you’ve probably seen influencers and designers showing off their creative storage: sections of the wall behind the counter that lift up to reveal hidden storage (i.e. appliance garages), and pantry doors disguised as cabinets.
36. Scalloped marble backsplashes
The scalloped-edge slab is one of my favorite kitchen backsplash trends for this year. It adds such a pretty, old-world detail.
37. Freestanding-look cabinets.
If you look at photos of English kitchens, you’ll notice that a lot of times, the cabinetry is freestanding. This basically means the cabinets are more like furniture pieces that are slid into place, and not mounted to the wall/floor.
While this look is timeless across the pond, it’s becoming a trend in the U.S., where our kitchen cabinets are generally built-in, or “fitted” as they say in England. You’ll notice in the kitchen above, by blogger Alaina Kaczmarski, the kitchen cabinets look like they’re on feet.
38. Furniture-style details
Going along with the above, cabinets are increasingly taking cues from furniture, which bring a warm, homey quality to the space. Upper cabinets are being designed to resemble built-in bookshelves, lower cabinets are getting furniture feet (or details that look like furniture feet), and islands resemble freestanding chests of drawers or apothecary cabinets
39. Gallery Rails
This is another trend that’s taken from furniture details. Gallery rails, or little brass rails attached to the front of shelves, have been popping up on kitchen shelving. It’s a great way to add a pretty detail to a functional space.
40. No upper cabinets.
Until about 2014, upper cabinets in the kitchen just seemed like a given. You had a lower set of cabinets, and then an upper set.
Then, Instagram and Pinterest started swapping out upper cabinets for open shelving. And in 2024, you don’t need any shelving at all. Just wall space that you can use for art or windows or anything that isn’t storage.
The look is definitely more contemporary, and if you choose to skip upper cabinets in your home, just be sure that you have enough storage elsewhere to compensate.
41. Black countertops.
Keeping in line with the moodier kitchen designs, black stone countertops are also a big trend. You’ve probably already seen them popping up around Instagram.
42. Plaster range hoods
Plaster or plaster-look range hoods emerged as a big trend in the late 2010s, part of a turn toward more organic design forms all around the home, but particularly in the kitchen. You can get a similar look with wood coated in plaster, or white-painted wood like Alaina Kaczmarski did above.
43. Countertop cabinets, AKA kitchen cabinets that sit on the countertop
There’s a good chance you’ve seen countertop cabinets, AKA cabinets that sit directly on the countertop, on your Instagram feed, because they’re a major kitchen cabinet trend this year.
Every big designer, from Joanna Gaines, to Shea McGee, to Jean Stoffer has done a kitchen with countertop cabinets in the last few years. The look is traditional, and reminiscent of English country kitchens, which is a big vibe this year.
44. Glass-front kitchen cabinets, especially with reeded glass
The kitchen above, by British company DeVol kitchens, basically incorporates most of the kitchen cabinet trends I’ve mentioned today, but the one I’m pointing out here, specifically, is the reeded glass cabinet fronts. Reeded glass is a design detail that’s been showing up in a lot of applications, including lighting, but I especially love the look on kitchen cabinet fronts because the reeds hide some of what’s inside the cabinet.
45. Flat-front drawers
This one seems pretty niche, but cabinets with flat-front, flush drawers are a trend! Especially when combined with Shaker or inset-cabinet door panels. If you scroll up through the pictures in this post, you’ll notice that a lot of them have flat-front drawers paired with inset-detail cabinet fronts.
46. Backsplash shelves
I’ve seen a lot of single shelves sitting atop slab-style backsplashes, another English kitchen influence.
I love this look, and I think it’s actually more practical than open-shelving, since you can stash a couple of things you need to have on hand directly above the area where you use them. Since there’s only one shelf, there’s a lot less worry about clutter.
4 Home decor trends going out of style
Of course, there will also be some trends that will see their last leg in 2024. Here are a few overall aesthetics I think we will start to move away from this year. I call them:
1. The Faux farmhouse, or “Gather” look
For lack of a better word, I’m going to call this look “gather.” You know, the kind of style that’s based around a “gather” sign in a scrolling handwriting font. It’s the OG take on the farmhouse look, and arguably one of the biggest home decor trends of the last 50 years.
Farmhouse is still a fairly popular design style, but it’s evolving into something more sophisticated and less cliché. If you want to update your farmhouse style for 2024, ditch any sign you have hanging in your home that points to where the market is or advertises fresh milk, and any furniture that’s faux-distressed finished. Instead, think about ways to mix in more on-trend pieces into your style. Think landscape oil paintings, authentic antiques or vintage finds, and primitive-style pottery.
2. Midcentury overload
Midcentury is a classic look in its own right, but for the last ten years or so, it was THE way to do modern. Meaning, entire rooms were decorated like a midcentury museum exhibit. The look is tired, and a bit boring, which midcentury should never be. Going forward, midcentury furniture will be a piece of the puzzle in a room – a chair or a piece of art mixed with traditional or contemporary styles.
3. Black hardware & black windows.
Black hardware and windows are a product of the farmhouse trend. If you’re about to do a renovation or are building a home, skip the black windows. It’s started to feel just a little bit tired (unless it’s in a home where the black is authentic, like a Mediterranean-style or classic Tudor). Windows are super expensive to replace, so it’s best to go with something timeless.
4. Gray-toned wood floors.
Gray-toned wood floors became really, really trendy around 2015, and they stayed that way for about three years, but this trend is already dying out. Not only is gray, as a color, going out of style but more homeowners and designers are realizing that the color just isn’t right. Wood floors are beautiful because they’re a natural material, and adding a gray colorwash over this natural material is just, well, unnatural.
Skip this fading trend and go for something timeless, like a mid-toned brown or pale pine.
5. Gray-on-gray decor
Speaking of gray, we’ve abandoned the stark gray and white looks that were popular in the 2010s for warmer earth tones. Gray is still very much a part of a contemporary home, but just in warmer hues.
How to incorporate home decor trends into your home
First: You don’t have to use them all. Or like any of them.
Trends in home decor are like trends in fashion. Just because the kids are wearing crop tops and 90s-inspired athleisure doesn’t mean you have to run out and grab a bright red FILA tracksuit if you’re more of a J. Crew gal. Some trends will speak to your personal style and work in your home, and others won’t. Take the ones you like and work them into your space to give it a fresh update.
Second: Instead of taking trends literally, look at them as a way to get you thinking about your space.
I was at an event recently, and there was a woman from Home Depot on a panel discussion. She mentioned that, when they decide what paint colors they carry, they choose about 20 percent trend colors and 80 percent neutrals and classic shades.
She said most of the time, people come in to see what’s new and look at the trend colors, and then go with something more timeless or neutral.
But! They might do a trend color for an accent wall or a front door. You might not be willing to paint your home the Sherwin Williams color of the year, but maybe the color will inspire you to change up the color of the wall art in your living room.
Third: Keep trends in smaller doses
When it comes to decorating with trends, don’t adopt one and decorate your entire home in it. That’s a recipe for an outdated space in a few years. Not only is this costly to change, it’s also not environmentally friendly, and it’s a pain in the @$$.
Design experts generally agree that the best bet is to keep your larger pieces classic. So, your sofa, your bed, your dining room furniture. Go for something simple and high-quality, then get a little trendier with everything else. Ditto for major renovations. If you want to love your space for more than a few years, keep your choices simple and timeless, then layer on personality elsewhere.
How long do home decor trends last?
Generally, in both home decor and fashion, major trends last about 10 years. Major trends are things like the neutral of the moment: In the 2010s, it was all gray everything. Now, it’s all about brown and beige. Smaller trends, like specific patterns, or throw pillow styles, or uber-trendy wall art, have a shorter lifespan, about 3-5 years.