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Interior Design & Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out

Interior design and home decor trends are constantly evolving, and what has been been popular and trending over the last few years very likely might now be considered tired and outdated. All white kitchens, shiplap and barn doors, and matchy-matchy furniture are just a few of the elements that seem to be on their way out.

Are you surprised?? You might be saying, I just renovated my kitchen last year to embrace the bright, all-white white trend, and now you're telling me that's out of style? Well... yes, but it's okay. Trust us, it's better to have an all-white kitchen than an outdated kitchen that was last renovated in the 1980s, so don't fret! Your kitchen is still beautiful and there's no need to worry. We are just pointing out some design trends that you'll be seeing less of - and some you'll be seeing more of in the coming months.


Selling Your Home?

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything. The design and aesthetic of your interior play a crucial role in attracting potential buyers and getting the best return on your investment. Outdated interior design trends can significantly impact the resale value of your property, making it essential to keep your home stylish and up to date. By avoiding outdated design trends and embracing current styles, you can ensure that your home appeals to a wide range of buyers, increasing its desirability and potential resale value. So, make the necessary changes over the years while you are living in your home so. that you have time to enjoy them, and reap the benefits when selling.

1. All-white kitchens are over

One interior design trend that has dominated the past few years is the all-white kitchen. White cabinets, white or gray counters, and stainless appliances have been THE THING for the last decade or so, but designers are seeing more variety as of late. The all-white kitchen can create a cold atmosphere, lacking in warmth and personality, which is likely why homeowners are opting for more variety in their finishes.

Don't get us wrong... White kitchens are BEAUTIFUL, and we do think an all-white kitchen will best stand the test of time, but if you can inject some personality into your white kitchen, that will be your best bet to stay current.

Here area few ideas to spruce up your all-white kitchen:

  • Opt for a bold color or an interesting shape for your backsplash tile

  • Consider adding pops of color on open shelving or glass-front cabinets

  • Swap out your barstools for something fun and unique

  • Mix & match your finishes - think faucet, cabinet pulls and light fixtures

  • If you need to replace your appliances, think beyond stainless steel, like Café Appliances in matte white or matte black, for example

  • Paint your lower cabinets or center island an interesting accent color

2. Barn doors and shiplap are no more

Another interior design trend that has reached its expiration date is the use of barn doors and shiplap. Once considered charming and rustic, these elements are now overused. Originally popularized by the farmhouse style, barn doors and shiplap have become ubiquitous in homes everywhere, but it may be time to retire these tired trends and explore new and innovative ways to enhance your space.

Instead, look for alternative ways to add character and texture to your rooms. Consider incorporating unique and unexpected materials like reclaimed wood, exposed brick, or handmade tiles. Experiment with different patterns, colors, and finishes to create a more dynamic and visually appealing environment.

3. Say goodbye to gray

For the past few years, gray has dominated interior design color schemes. From gray walls and flooring to gray furniture, it seemed like this neutral shade was everywhere. However, it's time to bid farewell to gray and explore new color trends. While gray has been a popular choice due to its versatility and timeless appeal, it's become somewhat predictable and overdone. In the upcoming year, interior designers are encouraging homeowners to embrace bolder, more vibrant hues.

Consider incorporating rich jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, or amethyst purple into your space. These colors can add depth and a touch of luxury to any room. If you prefer a more understated palette, warm neutrals like caramel, terracotta, or olive green can provide a cozy and inviting ambiance.

For inspiration, here are some Colors of the Year for 2024 [so far]:

Behr Color of the Year: Cracked Pepper

Valspar Color of the Year: Renew Blue

Dutch Boy Paints Color of the Year: Ironside

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams color of the Year: Persimmon

Graham & Brown Color of the Year: Viridis

4. Open concept living is on the way out

In recent years, open concept living has been a highly sought-after interior design trend. It's understandable why - the idea of a seamless flow between spaces and the ability to socialize while cooking or entertaining is undeniably appealing. However, in 2024, open concept living is making way for a new [old] trend: defined spaces.

While open concept living has its benefits, it can also present challenges, such as noise and lack of privacy. Interior designers are now leaning towards creating defined spaces that offer functionality and flexibility. This means incorporating elements like room dividers, sliding doors, or even partial walls to delineate different areas within the home.

By having clearly defined spaces, homeowners can enjoy a sense of individuality and privacy while still maintaining a sense of connectedness. So stop worrying about taking walls down in your home. Say goodbye to open concept living and hello to stylishly defined, cozy spaces that cater to your specific needs and preferences.

5. Color coordinated decor and furniture sets are no longer stylish

Gone are the days when matching decor and furniture sets were considered the pinnacle of style in interior design. In 2024, designers are encouraging homeowners to break free from this outdated trend and embrace a more eclectic and individualistic approach to decorating.

While color coordination can create a sense of uniformity and cohesion in a space, it can also make a room look predictable and uninspiring. Instead, mix and match different colors, patterns, and textures to create a unique and visually stimulating environment. Incorporate statement pieces and unexpected pops of color to add interest and personality to your rooms.

Experimenting with contrasting colors and unexpected combinations can inject new life into your interiors and create a more dynamic and visually appealing space. So, farewell to color coordinated decor and furniture sets, and hello to the exciting world of eclectic and individualized design.

What's on the way IN?

As we move into 2024, the world of interior design is evolving and embracing new trends that cater to the changing tastes and preferences of homeowners. Here are some of the predicted trends for this year:

1. Sustainable and eco-friendly materials: With a growing emphasis on environmental consciousness, expect to see an increase in the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials in interior design. From recycled materials to natural fibers, incorporating these elements will not only add a unique touch to your space but also contribute to a greener planet.

2. Biophilic design: Biophilic design focuses on incorporating nature and natural elements into indoor spaces. This trend aims to bring the outdoors inside, creating a harmonious environment that promotes a sense of well-being and connection with nature. Expect to see elements such as living walls, indoor gardens, and natural light being integrated into interior designs.

3. Maximalism: Minimalism has been a popular trend for several years, but in 2024, maximalism is making a comeback. This trend embraces bold colors, patterns, and textures to create a visually stunning and eclectic space. Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles and experiment with unique combinations.

4. Multifunctional spaces: With the increase in remote work and the need for versatile living spaces, multifunctional rooms are becoming more prevalent. Designing spaces that can adapt to various functions, such as a home office that can transform into a guest room, will be highly sought after.

5. Technology integration: As technology continues to advance, incorporating it seamlessly into our interiors will become more important. Smart home systems, integrated charging stations, and innovative lighting solutions are just a few ways that technology can enhance our living spaces.


Be sure to reach out with any home-related questions. If we can't help, we'll certainly direct you to an expert who can help!

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