A chintz revival, unconventional colour combinations and dramatic lighting are among the hottest design trends for spring 2024.
Moving away from neutrals and minimalism, 2024 is the year of individuality, and all the interior trends for the coming months lean into this – excellent news for those of us who love all things eclectic.
Keep reading to discover six new looks for spring 2024...
Move over minimalism, it's time for a much more eclectic look. Updated chintz combines vintage floral patterns with contemporary design – the result is a truly personalised space.
'Chintz is back this spring,' says Helen Shaw, director of marketing (international), Benjamin Moore. 'This is due to the resurgence of maximalist decor and the comfort and familiarity gained by adding retro design to contemporary schemes.
'Create a restful retreat with Kensington Green – a subtle sage. It's the perfect background colour for gentle sky blues, pretty coral pinks and peachy hues.
'Use artist-drawn wallpaper to highlight unexpected elements such as alcoves and ceilings. Then, add freshness with crisp white painted woodwork and reflective surfaces, and then use undressed windows to flood the space with natural light. Contemporary furnishings and accessories with sleek silhouettes lend a modern twist to a classic look.'
Tip: 'Lampshades swathed with fancy florals and ditzy botanicals can be used to easily update the look and feel of interiors,' advises Jo Plant, head of design at Pooky.
In yet another move away from minimalism, even pastels are having an eye-catching upgrade this spring.
'Pastels have always been a mainstay of decorating trends, delivering soothing, gentle washes of colour,' says Helen. 'This season, we’ll see more saturated, zingy tones to re-energise the home.
'Applying paint is one of the quickest and easiest ways to integrate these eye-catching shades into your space. The kitchen is a room that gets the most wear, yet we tend to only think about making updates as part of a wider remodel, which can be infrequent.
'Add visual spice to a kitchen filled with neutral countertops and cabinets by painting elements such as the cooker hood or light fittings with contrasting and energising pastels. Defining these decorative features with zingy hues is quick, easy and will instantly lift the space.'
At surface level, maximalism can feel overwhelming. However, spring 2024 will see maximalism get a much more cohesive spin as bold elements are tied together through carefully chosen colour palettes.
'For those wanting to adopt the ever-popular style, 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.'
London-based, luxury interior designer, Naomi Astley Clarke predicts that we’ll see a shift towards 'maximalism meets nature'.
'People want to express themselves, have fun with it and not take life too seriously, but also keep materials and finishes sleek and natural,' says Naomi. 'Think of oak floors paired with a wild Pierre Frey patterned curtain and Marmorino walls. Large indoor plants, such as olive and fig trees, will rule 2024, alongside healing crystals. These natural elements will be used in an impactful way, creating stylish design statements.'
When it comes to texture, a mix-and-match approach is growing in popularity. Combining contrasting textures not only adds depth and tactility, but a sense of personality.
'It's no longer just about the materials chosen, but about how these are used,' says Helen Pett, design ambassador on Arteriors’ London team.
'We’re increasingly seeing designers searching for pieces which are as unique as their clients – it could be elaborate intricate detail or material that you perhaps wouldn’t first consider. The beauty of these materials is the combination of tactility, that connection to nature, while finished in exquisite detail that elevates each piece.'
One material on the rise is cork. Bo Hellberg, CMO at String Furniture, explains: 'Cork is a clever and versatile material that’s coming back in style in 2024. Cork is a material part of the biophilic interiors trend, where we seek to connect with nature and organic materials and plant life, in our homes. It is inherently sustainable and brings warmth and texture to any surface or space, but it’s also ideal for insulating, which makes it great for kitchens.'
'I think unusual colour combinations will become more commonplace as people strive to create unique homes,' says interior designer Matthew Williamson.
'Colour-drenched walls can be the single most effective and affordable way to transform and elevate a space. If finding colours that work well together from scratch feels like a struggle, take pictures on your phone of colour combinations you see and think work well together while out and about. I snap palettes and patterns that catch my eye almost every day!'
He also thinks that spring 2024 will see the end of neutrals as we currently know them: 'Making way for more characterful tones, I imagine we will see fewer neutrals such as white, beige and grey being used (which can sometimes feel flat and perhaps a little bland). Pink, tan, clay, terracotta, peach and stone are just some of the shades which we’ll see more of. They instantly warm up and modernise a space, whether used individually or combined in one scheme.'
Lighting isn't just lighting – it's also becoming increasingly decorative. The right lighting choices can transform the feel as well as the look of a space. From bold shapes and silhouettes to textures that invite you to reach out and touch, lamps and lights on never looked so good.
'Lighting design has become increasingly sculptural, representing an art form in the home,' says Niki Wright and Scarlett Hampton, co-founders of lights&lamps.
'In 2024, we predict designs with exaggerated scale and form to be favoured in lighting design. Whilst cones, scallops and domes create a striking focal point, they also cast captivating patterns of light and shadow, enhancing the ambience of a room. A statement lamp can have such gravitas in a living room whilst a similarly shaped lamp on a smaller scale can be a lot more practical in a nook or placed on a small shelf whilst still coordinating.
'Whilst raw, natural materials have grown in popularity thanks to their soothing organic aesthetic and qualities, we have noticed the depth of material finish is influencing lighting design. A shift towards aged brasses and patina bronze is evident, perhaps due to an increasing desire to add a touch of theatrical glamour to the home. Timeless in appearance, these rich and rustic details lend dimension to any interior scheme.'
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