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The Year Ahead in Luxury Real Estates - Part Two: Interior Design

Updated: Jan 30

We explore what to expect in design, amenities, smart-home technology in 2024.

Peace of mind seems to be the running theme in luxury home trends in 2024, whether it’s predictive AI learning to anticipate your needs or building amenities that help entertain your kids or your dinner guests.

Added comfort and convenience to day-to-day life comes at a good time. Economic and geopolitical uncertainties are poised to compound in 2024, with multiple national elections in the cards, including the U.S. presidential election, and the uncertain hope that central banks will bring interest rates back down. Those concerns will affect the direction of luxury home sales from New York to Bangkok.

With all that external noise in the world, anyone who grabbed the maximalist, more-is-more design trend by the horns—in some cases, literally—might prefer to dial back the chaos. Interiors are going to get a little more curated and nature-oriented as people crave serenity.

Take a look at these trends and more in our 3-part lookahead for 2024.

Maximalist Interiors Are Due for a Purge in 2024

Interior design trends in the coming year will be all about a return to restraint, nature-inspired colors and timelessness

The past year’s design scene was marked by showstopping kitchens, eco-friendly materials, and over-the-top maximalism. But 2023 will soon be a distant memory, and the new year and a fresh approach to the spaces we live in will be upon us. 

Layering will surely assume a different persona, reflecting a cleaner, more tailored look than we’ve seen. As people crave comfort, timeless style is expected to soar in the coming year. Colors will lean more saturated, but Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year: Peach Fuzz (Pantone 13-1023) will surely show up in accents and patterns, softening those bolder tones. Texture will also evolve.

“We are embracing a design landscape marked by rich, saturated colors and patterns, neutral textures and the harmonious fusion of contemporary and vintage or antique furniture and lighting,” said Sharon Rembaum, co-founder of Rembaum Hanau, a design firm in New York. 

As we move on from 2023, a roster of celebrated designers share 2024’s rising trends and welcomed revivals. 

Nature as Inspiration

Earthy colors will stand front and center in 2024. Brown, in all of its iterations, is forecasted to make stunning design statements, and predictions say the blues will shine, too.

“While we’ll still be seeing the dusty, organic palette in the new year, blues will have their moment,” said Dan Mazzarini, principal and creative director of BHDM Design and Archive in New York. “I love a cornflower blue and can’t wait to play with Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Blue Nova.”

Mitchell Parker, senior editor at Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design, said blue tones provide a calming influence during chaotic times. 

“Whether it’s a sky-inspired hue or a deep watery color, look for an array of blues to be featured more prominently in decorative materials and housewares in the coming year,” Parker said.

New Jersey-based designer Christina Kim said burgundy, smoky blue, plum, brown, earthy green and olive will pop up in every room, from kitchens to living rooms. According to a survey by New York Design Center, an interior design resource hub in Manhattan housing more than 100 showrooms, 60% of designers polled said the color green would trend in 2024.

The concept of bringing the outside in will live on in art as well. Keli Hogsett, founder of CoCollect, an Austin, Texas-based fine art membership service, said artists will look to nature for inspiration as the world becomes more mindful of environmental issues. 

“Nature-inspired art will explore themes of sustainability, climate change, and the delicate balance between humanity and the natural world,” Hogsett explained. “Artist Rachel Wolfson Smith saw overgrowth during the pandemic and noticed how much nature took over without human existence. Her artwork shows nature with the wiped-away image of human existence once there.”

Restraint and Quiet Layering

While minimalism won’t return in its entirety, maximalism’s “anything goes” attitude will take a break in 2024. 

“Extreme maximalism with no concern for whether things match at all will be a thing of the past—boucle and overly curvaceous upholstery included,” said Peter Spalding, co-founder and CCO of Daniel House Club, a Portland, Oregon, membership-based marketplace for interior designers. “It was a lot of fun, but one grows tired of the party and wants to cool down a bit.”

Patterns, layers and mingling styles and periods won’t disappear altogether, but we’ll likely introduce more balance into our design schemes.

“There are so many examples of exquisitely considered maximalist rooms,” Spalding noted. “Those who find themselves pleased with the increased stuff in their cocoon will turn to these and begin the process of editing. I can’t wait to see what they create.”

Kim echoes that sentiment. “With all the Barbiecore and the more-is-more approach we saw in 2023, we’re sure to see more of a shift toward restraint and thoughtful, quiet layering. Our eyes need to rest.”

Kim described “quiet layering” as inviting viewers to look closer and immerse themselves in the space as the design gradually reveals itself. “It focuses on textures, subtle color combinations, and layers of interest that may not be immediately obvious. Instead of overwhelming the senses, it creates a sense of calm and sophistication,” she explained.

Richness and Texture

Cécile Hanau, Rembaum’s co-founder and partner, said the firm will implement the rich-colors-and-textures trend by designing spaces with “intricate layers and blending pieces from various eras.” The duo said textured walls and classic details like wood paneling will take center stage. 

“Textures play a pivotal role, showcasing a diverse palette of earthy colors, reflecting back to inspiration from nature,” Hanau shared. Rembaum said Venetian plaster and limewash are in demand, and suede can be visually stunning on walls.

Kim said we’ll observe a lot less white in the heart of the home, and “moody, saturated tones will show up in the kitchen.” We should expect “richer finishes and intricate patterns like rattan and wicker—their detailed weaves and textures offer a distinct, one-of-a-kind look that can’t be replicated with other materials,” she added. Additionally, she thinks we should be ready for embossed motifs and patterns with raised textures. “These patterns bring depth and visual intrigue to surfaces such as walls, fabrics, and accessories,” Kim said.

We’ll also see the richness and texture trend in custom cabinets.

“Caning, wire mesh, shirred fabric inserts, and antique mirror are some of the many elements we are adding to the cabinetry we specify for our clients,” said designer Kate Figler in Nashville. “While there is a time and a place for a plain Shaker-style door, there are so many ways to embellish cabinetry to take them to the next level.”

Likewise, design aficionados should expect textures to surface in art.

“Textured art is making a significant impact, adding depth and dimension to traditional paintings and mixed media artworks,” Hogsett said. “Artists are experimenting with various techniques such as impasto, collage and sculptural elements to create visually intriguing and tactile pieces.”

Tradition and Timelessness

While contemporary homes aren’t going anywhere, we’ll notice a revival of traditional details and eclectic rooms. “Homeowners are leaning into the ‘“House Beautiful’ aesthetic and are starting to mix more antiques in their modern spaces,” Mazzarini said.

Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic Design in Houston anticipates a wave of U.K.-influenced interiors. 

“British design is heating up, and Americans are on a roll bringing it across the pond,” she noted. “Think rich, luxurious homes with a bit of patina, mixing old and new, and deeply layered designs.”

To capture the look, Tartt Elias turns to heritage brands such as Sanderson, a U.K.-based source recognized for its English Arts and Crafts-inspired textiles. 

Designers will likely curate window treatments with a more traditional approach, specifically café curtains, shirred door panels, and window-length draperies, minus the grandma style, Figler said. “They are a delightful way to add a little pattern and whimsy to a space without sacrificing a room’s natural light or adding too much of a heavy fabric.”

Similarly, traditionalism will inspire flooring materials and patterns. “Herringbone is another classic design element that is experiencing a renaissance, becoming the go-to pattern for kitchens, bathrooms, and more,” Parker said. “But the typically horizontal zigs are beginning to zag in new directions—diagonally or vertically—to create an updated look with visual interest, movement, and texture.”

Philip Consalvo, principal at PJC Architecture in New York, said these classic patterns have a storied past. “Throughout various points in history, they have made a resurgence and appeared not only in flooring patterns but on textiles, pottery, and artwork,” he said. “They are yet again making a comeback, but this time, they are being incorporated into more modern spaces.” 

Though open floor plans have been all the rage, plastered across the pages of shelter magazines for some time, Mazzarini predicted the return of dedicated rooms.

“While big open spaces may seem luxurious, in a post-pandemic world we are sensing people need smaller spaces to be alone for work and personal time,” he said. “A sense of place and a sense of privacy are important—I am pro making rooms again.”

Read more of our lookahead for 2024:


(via Mansion Global)

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