During this time of year there are many areas of the design industry predicting their picks for the up coming year. As I review the trends others are reporting, I've been putting together a list of my own. Some ideas match and others don't. The goal is the same - what can we do to make our homes beautiful, functional, and comfortable without looking like we all bought our furnishings and décor from the same store? I have 3 designs that I believe show the trends that will carry forward through 2024. They go from light, airy, and a bit nostalgic for an older elegant era, to natural and organic bringing nature and art together in a more modern style, and finally, to a moody mix of styles that makes you feel grown up and ready to relax and enjoy the home you worked hard to achieve.
Romance and Glamour
Pantone picked their 2024 color of the year to be Apricot Crush. The design I put together above uses the pinks and oranges of a setting sun as inspiration for an elegant boudoir! It is lighter and airier than Apricot Crush, to bring a softer side to a space where you'll want to wind down before you slip into your luxurious bed which envelops you with its padded wing back headboard. There are art deco accents on the dresser and screen along with the lighting and art bringing you to an era where you can dream big dreams well into the night. I picked these elements because we are moving into a time where everyone deserves a little romance to make them feel special and loved. The glamour factor just adds a cherry on top of a great big hug!
Gather with Nature and Art
As we move from a good night's sleep to a place where friends and family gather, the design above moves out of the 1920's and 1930's influence to a much more modern approach that brings nature inside. Biophilic design has been around for some time, but gains momentum in 2024 as we continue to find more reasons and ways to entertain in and out of our homes. When inside, bringing nature together with artful moments helps generate conversation in a relacing atmosphere. Large tables and comfortable seating are a must. Sticking with neutrals for furnishings, wall color, and flooring make the art stand out. Statement lighting is an option to decorate that 5th wall in the room - the ceiling.
Drama and quiet? Why can't we have both! There seems to be many trend reports that show dark color palettes are still trending well in 2024. Sorry Pantone! The design above is a moody mix of mid-century, industrial, and Asian influences. Painting a room dark, whether large or small, does not necessarily close you in. Think of standing in a large field surrounded by a vast dark sky. Imagine the immenseness! As long as you add in great lighting and light colors around the space, you will just feel the drama of a great night ahead.
Watching movies outside is such a relaxing, fun way to spend time with friends and family or a romantic partner! I'm working on setting up my own outdoor theater and in doing so found this brief article with great information for all aspects of the setup.
There are so many ways to set up seating for your theater no matter what movie genres you are interested in. The main goal to keep in mind, of course, is comfort.
This set will get you chillaxing in no time! The gray and blue scheme brings on images of sitting by a body of water on a warm summer day. Your checkout link: Click here.
Next is a set that is very close to what I purchased for the deck at our cottage. I can't wait to get my theater set up so I can curl up and enjoy the outdoors and movies with my favorite guy - my hubby, of course! Your checkout link: Click here.
Finally, this set made from teak wood has some pillow options that would go well with any of these items in the links above. Teak is great for outdoor furnishings because it is one of the strongest and most durable hardwoods. It performs well when exposed to weather conditions such as rain and sun. Your checkout link: Click here.
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Sure, you can paint your walls with some great color, add an Ombre affect or tape off a cool geometric design. But how do you get a really great impactful design on your walls or your ceiling? Try wallpaper or a wallpaper mural!
Offering options with an attitude! Black Crow Studios located in Long Beach, CA, has a gorgeous selection of custom murals and wall paper printed on smooth matte wall covering material that is PVC-free. It is definitely not your grandmother's (or even your mother's) wallpaper. Each design has movement and color that will transform your space and set the mood for the rest of your home or give a single space the voice it needs to make it special and appreciated. Here is an article by Ginna Christensen highlighting their Rebel with a Cause campaign.
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What a challenge! It can be done. Many times I take inspiration from things around me in order to design a space in someone's home. This next picture are favorite items from a home owner gathered together for the purpose of getting to know her before designing a kitchen and dining area.
History and stories from the past
Sharing time together with friends
Unique conversation pieces
Functional, Elegant, Friendly
Clean lines with pops of silly
The view rules - Nature, trees
This was the jumping off point for creating a color and texture scheme.
Next came a shopping trip for accessories to further the inspiration and set a direction for the new design. These new items tie back to the homeowner's favorite things and her story by bringing out her whimsical and dramatic nature in an updated and classy style.
Here's my recommendation for a classy place to dine after whipping up a meal or having a cocktail in the new kitchen. I'd skip the mauve chairs in this inspiration picture. What a beautiful table adding history and character while comfy chairs allow diners to sit for lasting conversation after an enjoyable meal!
More work will need to be done to bring the more mid-century modern kitchen design in line with the traditional dining area (or vice versa) as this design gets refined. Getting to know a client is key. Designing around their favorite things is fun for me as well as the clients as the details come to the surface and they see my interpretations are as unique as they are.
1) Pick a chair and table that match in style and compliment the style of the rest of your room.
2) Add a lamp that picks up the main color of the chair. Or pick one that is neutral and has a metallic or wood accent or gives you a color to use in picking the rest of your accessories.
3) Add a pillow and/or a throw for color variation with at least one color you have already included in your vignette. If your palette is only neutrals at this point, make it a colorful choice.
4) Add art and accessories that complete the picture. Make sure they give you joy and follow these tips to ensure they fit the space.
- If you have angles, pick wall art with organic materials and/or shapes.
- If your pillow reveals a theme, go with it - nature always offers options to enhance a space.
- Think about holidays or seasons coming up and pick accessories that give a nod to that theme.
Remember that art and accessories are typically meant to be changed up over the course of time. If you love it, use it. If you grow tired of it change it out. Most of all have fun. That is the key ingredient to bringing in your personality so that not only will you love it, but all those who love you will be able to appreciate it as well.
Meet Your Designer
I, Brenda Szarek, am the founder of Autumn Light Interiors. I have immersed myself in home design and problem solving for years and have creative solutions for all kinds of interior design dilemmas. I hope you enjoy my tips, tricks, trends, and inspiration to help you find your way to a well-designed, comfortable, and functional home you can be excited to live in and welcome others within.