There has been much talk of the interior design trends we predict will dominate the industry—and our homes—in 2024. And while we love talking about what’s up-and-coming, we also know that what goes up must also come back down. That means that we’ve got to look to the other end of the spectrum and embrace what we’re leaving behind. From all-beige interiors to overconsumption, we tapped four of the greatest female interior designers of the moment to spill their thoughts on what they’re leaving behind in 2023, and what they’re embracing instead this year. Read on for the ultimate interiors inspiration.
Out: One Aesthetic Only
In: Colorful Personalities
Whether it’s coquette, coastal cowgirl, or tomato girl summer, there’s been a rise in reducing all of our personal style choices into one simplified aesthetic. However, this can limit the multitudes our homes deserve to contain. “While we have never really been designers to design with a sea of neutrals, we are so oversaturated with that tone-on-tone look right now that we can hardly stand it,” says Tami Ramsey of Cloth and Kind. “In some ways it has made us want to dig in our heels about living a full, rich life that is reflected in your home with color, pattern, texture, and a collection of art, objects, and things that you love!”
Out: Fast Furniture
In: Long-Term Picks
With all the talk of trends, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like you have to rethink your space every year the way you do your wardrobe. But trends are just suggestions. You can use them to inform your personal style and help breathe new life into your personal spaces. Designer Kate Chapman of Baxter Design agrees. “We continue to hear how people are tired of ‘fast fashion.’ I think the same goes for leaving behind ‘fast furniture’—short-term, trendy pieces in a color one tires of in a couple of years. There’s more of a pull toward pieces that will stand the test of time and remain with people as their lives evolve.” She continues, “I think it also is a way of people’s desire for ‘stability’ and that feeling in their homes is expressed among the pieces that they live in and with daily.”
Out: Cool Grays
In: Earthy Neutrals
“I think designers are over gray and are looking to add more color, dimension, and layers to their projects,” says designer Kate Marker. “Grays are finally being swapped for earthy beiges, and designers are exploring more depth and dimension in their work, moving toward more realistic and immersive visual experiences.” While we know that minimalism design will never fade, perhaps it’s time to abandon dreary neutrals for warmer tones or hues that make you happy.
Out: Sparse Spaces
In: Curated Interiors
One of Claire Staszak of Centered by Design’s resolutions for 2024 is to be more daring during her project proposals. “I am leaving behind the fear of proposing color to my clients,” she says. “I think so many more Midwestern clients are ready and willing to use color again! And not just a “pop of color,” which I’ve heard for years…but truly more saturated rooms and color stories throughout full home interiors.”