Interiors Update: Latest Trends

The top trends to know for the year ahead…

Main image: Sofology

Quiet luxury continues

An understated yet high-end look grew in popularity last year and is set to continue through 2024. It is far from clinical minimalism but full of character, with quality and craftmanship centre stage. The look is elegant, sophisticated, uncluttered and sustainable with natural materials a key feature.

Colour schemes are muted and calming, often using a neutral yet warm palette. “Think beige, cream, grey, stone and ecru shades, all of these hues can be used throughout the home and will bring a warming appeal that will not only ground the space but create a sense of calm too,” advises Bailey Oates, colour expert at Earthborn Paints.

“Earthy palettes encompassing ochre and cognac tones as well as silky salmon and hazel hues – whether as a dusting over an overarching scheme or as the dominant colour throughout – will lend themselves to an uncluttered aesthetic,” adds design consultant Eleanor Taylor-Roberts.

Ahead of the curve

Curves can bring a softness to a space and add interest. We’re seeing more organic shapes in everything from furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and even kitchen islands. “Straight lines are out and curves are in – and anywhere we can add the unexpected with softer shapes and curves is a big deal in 2024,” says interior designer Jen Morton.

Pictured: Ohpopsi, Decocer, Houseof

Texture, mixed materials & metals

Interiors are being brought to life through texture, all the better if you can mix things up in unexpected ways. Jen Morton says marble need not only be for bathrooms and kitchens, concrete not just for floors, and fabric can be used creatively as wall coverings. Decorbuddi interior designer Alex Sherman notes that wooden floors and door frames are bringing a softer look after the popularity of Crittall and gun-metal. Layer with natural materials to cover stools and benches and add a seagrass wallcovering. The natural look works with ochre walls, tan leather and chocolate neutrals. These team well with deep greens and black accents. Meanwhile, adding interest through mixed metals is a key trend. Eleanor Taylor-Roberts notes that metal fusion, which harmoniously blends a lustrous material – such as brass against bronze or nickel – will give you a luxury statement look.

Maximalism 2.0

In complete contrast to quiet luxury is loud out-there maximalist interiors. They are bold schemes so how on earth can you make them work? Says Gisela Lancaster, head of buying at Sofology: “This spring, maximalism will be back on the map with a resurgence of intricate patterns, bold colours and abundant textures. But adhering to a more cohesive colour palette is key. Opt for clashing patterns and graphics paired with statement wallpaper, alongside a bright sofa and bold accessories. These elements can all work together as long as your colour palette remains concise, with key shades tying together.”

And following on from that, how about chintz? Helen Shaw at Benjamin Moore notes it is back this spring, thanks to our love of adding some retro design to contemporary schemes. One idea is to use patterned wallpaper to highlight unexpected elements such as alcoves schemes. and ceilings. If maximalism and chintz is not for you, pops of colour will bring a modern vibrant look to your home. Think bursts of citrus or pastels.