8 Interior Design Trend Forecast for 2024/2025
Welcome, trendsetters and decor enthusiasts! As we charge headfirst into another year, I've risen to the annual challenge, to predict what's going to shake up the world of interior design in the next 18 months. My crystal ball was pretty spot on for the last few years, so let's see if lightning can strike again.
But before we do that, let's talk about the three big influences shaping these upcoming trends:
First off, let's give a round of applause to the global pandemic for turning our lives upside down and inside out. From Zoom meetings to homeschooling marathons, we've all had to adapt to a new way of living.Our homes need to be more ubiquitous. They need to be versatile spaces where we can work, play, and rest so we need sectional areas, even in modest spaces.
Next up, as the next generation spear head the future, it's all about being kinder to the planet while still getting our retail fix. We are talking upcycling, and sustainable solutions and not supporting mass imports and sweat shops. This goes for furniture as well as retails stores - and thus I believe we are returning to more minimalism and rustic charm.
Last but not least, thanks to platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels, not to mention stores like Etsy that offer print on demand, we've all become experts in double-speed makeovers by DIY Queens with power tools. From room renovations to furniture flips, there's no limit to what we can achieve with a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease. We have a more decor-educated, empowered audience that is getting far more involved and confident in being their own design superstar.
So to all you wonder women (and men) - here's whats hot, in my humble opinion, for 2024/2025 so you can smash it in your own space.
1. Trend Alert - Japandi! What is that?
It's like the perfect marriage of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian simplicity. Imagine walking into your living room and seeing clean lines, natural materials, and a serene colour palette. It's like stepping into a tranquil oasis where simplicity reigns supreme. Here are some images for some serious Japandi vibes!
2. Unplastered Light Finish Masonry Stone Walls
Picture this: unplastered light finish masonry stone walls that add a cozy, old-world vibe to your living spaces. It's like inviting a piece of history to the party, blending seamlessly with white simplicity. This looks particularly great when paired with sleek windows, such as matt black metal framed windows. Build in accent stone walls.
3. Raw Wood Beams and Rustic Exposed Lintels
This is my favourite way to add depth and character into new spaces.? Cue raw wood beams and exposed lintels, adding warmth and personality to your living spaces. Typically, these can be found at reclamation yards, or they can be railway sleepers, that are sanded back to raw state and then washed for bleached effect. The more rustic, the better if you ask me.
4. Stone Walls in Showers
When looking at décor trends in Europe, we are seeing the re-introduction of stone into bathrooms. And I don’t mean into country homes, I mean in city homes and apartments too. These stone accents are a great tactile touch to walls, especially in bathrooms which can often be sterile spaces.
5. Reclaimed Wood Pieces in New Spaces
If you want to add real soul to your (new) space, consider bringing in reclaimed pieces that have a story to tell. Think old doors, weathered door frames, cupboard doors, and salvaged architectural elements that add a touch of history and charm to your living spaces. When I have decorated client’s spaces and my own homes, I have found that it is these very touches, that set it apart from other homes, and it is often the reason I have always sold any home at full asking price. I believe these are worthy investments.
6. Hande-Aged Pots Bursting with biodiverse plants
Aged pot plants are all the rage at the moment, and you can find tons of online tutorials on youtube on how to make “faux” old pots using baking powder and paint on regular pots that you can find at thrift stores, or just regular terracotta pots from the garden centre. My main point is infuse the new sterile spaces, with textured and pots that tell stories, and fill them with healthy, oversized and loved indoor plants.
Team these with reclaimed wood lintels, or live edge tables, or custom rustic Oak Tables, Custom Order Side Tables and Entry Hallway Consoles , and you will be right on trend.
7. Blending Old and New: Creating Timeless Spaces
There's something magical about blending vintage finds with contemporary pieces, where old meets new. This is a favourite art of mine, when decorating new builds. It's like telling your story through your home decor, where every room has at least one story to tell. Here are some ideas.
8. Wildcard accent colour prediction
I predict that deep red with brown undertones will emerge as a prominent accent colour in 2024. Imagine the allure of rust red accent chairs, adding warmth and depths. This unexpected choice promises to be the wildcard accent colour of the year.
9. An evolution in Open-Plan Living
As the trend of open plan design remains prevalent, I foresee a subtle transition. Expect to see the integration of semi-permeable timber screens (such as slatted room dividers) , sliding glass doors between rooms, and multifunctional bookshelves acting as room dividers. This shift aligns with the growing demand for versatile spaces, catering to improved work-from-home arrangements.
10. Max out on oppullant touches
You know what's making a serious comeback? Maximilism!
And if you're scratching your head wondering what that is exactly, don't worry, you're not alone. It's all about that understated opulence here and there, you know? Think oversize hanging wall tapestries in rich, dining chairs decked out in cozy bouclé fabric (see example below) , and bright sofa's paired with Picasso style collection of mismatched art collages on the wall, and a pop of a crazy bright rug. Oh, and let's not forget about fringe design—those playful, dangly bits that add a touch of whimsy on lampshades or fancy fringed throw blankets draped over sofas. I think the key word here is "playful spaces"
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