The 6 Best Interior Design Trends for 2024

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21st-century interior design 

While the hottest interior design trends change year-on-year, the foundations of 21st-century design are firmly grounded in a couple of key aspects: 

The design process 

As with all other industries, design was transformed by the introduction of the internet in the 1980s. Centuries of pen-and-paper processes were digitalized, and designers today almost exclusively use computers to map their plans. 

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The latest technology in CAD software allows for 3D imaging and printing for fully realized pictures and models of potential designs. A step beyond this is augmented reality software that will enable you to place simulated objects into natural spaces with just a camera and a connection to a virtual database. 

Both technologies enable homeowners and designers to visualize plans better and see how changes will affect the spaces. 


Over the last few decades, many countries have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint to tackle global warming. With buildings and construction accounting for 37% of process-related CO2 emissions in 2021, changing how we create and use our homes and businesses is critical to achieving this goal. 

Property designs in the 21st century are increasingly sustainability-led. Most prioritize insulation, renewable heating systems, and eco-friendly materials and have additional green touches like LED lightbulbs, dual-flush toilets, and non-toxic paint. 

Six design trends for 2024 

1. Biophilia 

The theme of bringing the outdoors indoors has been all the rage since the beginning of the decade when we were isolated inside for weeks on end. Biophilic design involves using real plants, natural colors, and patterns to create spaces that foster a stronger connection with nature. 

Embrace this theme by introducing air-purifying house plants into critical areas such as the living room and bedroom. NASA’s ‘Clean Air Study’ found that some plants can detoxify your home from dust and germs and oxygenate your space, giving you fresh air inside. You can incorporate this theme into your other décor, such as with flower- and leaf-patterned fabrics. 

You can also welcome nature into your interior design by focusing on natural colors like blue, green, and earth tones. These have the added benefit of inviting feelings of relaxation. 

2. Smart Technology 

Thanks to the success of the smartphone, internet-connected (IoT) devices have become part of our daily lives. The last decade has seen incredible advancements in smart home technology, from the now humble smart television to doorbell cameras. 

Security has been a significant driver behind the development of smart devices for the home. Doorbell cameras connected to an app offer homeowners a real-time visual of any visitors, while smart locks and remote-access lighting all help to deter burglars when properties are unattended. 

Especially given the recent rise in energy prices, smart thermostats have soared in popularity. These give homeowners and business owners more control over their property’s temperature, optimizing energy use to minimize bills. 

Equally intuitive devices are making everyday living effortless in other home areas, too, such as remote-controlled washing machines for perfectly timed laundry and robotic vacuums that clean your floors unaided. 

3. Beautiful Blue 

The Pantone 2023 Color of the Year was not easily forgotten, as the Barbie movie inspired pink in everything from interiors to clothes and cars. Beautiful blues dominate trending shades this year, contrasting perfectly with Pantone’s 2024 choice, ‘Peach Fuzz.’ 

Blue is one of the most vibrant colors for interior design. At once, calming and invigorating, it works in all rooms to achieve almost any mood. Stick to the lighter end of the spectrum to evoke the dreamy lightness of the coastline or summer skies, and opt for darker tones for dramatic impact. 

When using blues, you shouldn’t feel limited to the walls. Featuring blue fabrics, flooring, and even furniture in complementary shades is a great way to make a statement and expand the space in the mind’s eye. 

4. Mixed Metals 

Stemming from the reintroduction of two-tone watches and a trend for juxtaposing jewelry, mixed metals are all the rage for interiors this year. This can add depth, interest, and an element of sophistication to your design, but certain rules must be followed when mixing metals to achieve the best results. 

Make your choices in direct contrast so the combination looks deliberate rather than thoughtless. This applies to the color of the metal as well as the finish. For example, aim to blend bright gold with matte silver or mix satin brass with polished bronze, united by their warm undertones. 

5. Layered Lighting 

Nothing makes a space look large and luxurious like layered lighting. One of the best-kept secrets of professional designers is that complex lighting can take interiors to the next level. 

Begin by considering your lighting options for each room. For example, your living space could combine overhead lights, lamps, and a fireplace for a soft and soothing atmosphere. At the same time, the kitchen would benefit from a blend of hanging ceiling lights and under-cabinet spotlights for improved visibility. 

Consider the type of light and its color. Warm bulbs are best for rooms where you want to wind down, while cool lighting will help to lift your energy. 

6. Contrasting Textures 

As in 2023, texture will remain at the forefront of decorating decisions this year. Increasingly, homeowners want their property to be a sanctuary, and there’s no better way to make a space welcoming than with a complex contrast of textures. 

Although the room is united by a similar color palette or style, different fabrics work to add dimension and decadence while increasing the visual appeal. Pair old-fashioned leather, stripes, and checks with contemporary favorites like velvet, linen, and abstract prints with confidence. 

Play around with textures outside of your fabrics, too. For example, experiment with the industrial style with exposed brick walls and pipes or contrast wicker or wooden décor with furniture crafted from metal and glass. 

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