As we look towards 2024, take inspiration from nature and discover black’s longstanding popularity in the chic world of interiors.
Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture And Choice (FurnitureChoice.co.uk), shares 6 stylish interior trends and how to get the look at home.
1. Find comfort in curves
A style that incorporates the outdoors into our homes, biophilic design can make us healthier and more productive. And it’s expected to continue trending into 2024 as people gravitate towards curved shapes and curved furniture. Sculptural yet graceful, introducing a curved sofa or armchair adds an architectural aesthetic to the home while bringing in nature’s soft curves.
Aside from choosing a curved sofa as the focal point, style a relaxation corner with a curved armchair for a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. Go for a light neutral hue with velvet upholstery for a designer look. Complement this with other curved accents such as a round coffee table and a chic lamp.
2. Discover soft minimalism
With more people influenced by wellbeing-led design, soft minimalism and a warm monochrome palette has risen in popularity thanks to social media. Defined by calming neutral hues, curved lines and natural materials, this new take on minimalism is a far cry from the stark and sterile look from a few years ago.
Incorporate this aesthetic into areas that are associated with comfort in the home such as the bedroom. Instead of the usual white palette, choose cream or off-white to give your room a warmer, gentler feel. Layer with relaxing textures such as velvet, cotton, boucle for a contemporary look while still making the space feel neat and uncluttered. This colour palette also gives you the chance to add modern Art Deco touches with bold black accents and warm lighting.
3. Bring calm with wood and earthy hues
Continuing on nature-inspired trends, decorating with wood brings a calming, grounding presence to any space. A design staple commonly found in Japandi and mid-century modern interiors, incorporating slatted wood walls into your home will not only add a versatile touch but a timeless one too.
Opt for dark wood slats to set the mood and as the base for layering rich earthy hues. Introduce accessories in burnt orange or rust tones especially in luxe textures and match these cosy comforts with sleek amber lighting and smoked glass or brass accents.
4. Stand out with black accents
Thanks to the popularity of modern industrial interiors, decorating with black accents just got even cooler. The key to decorating with black accents is to do so with intention. Use black to highlight the architectural features of the home such as with Crittall doors or black windows. Balance the look with lighter touches such as white walls and wooden flooring.
For a bigger impact, go all out with a matt black kitchen and decorate around it with wooden accents. Match the black cabinets with an industrial dining set with black legs. To avoid the look from appearing too dark, mix it up with different textures. Contrast with leather to soften the look or marble to lighten up the room.
5. Discover the joys of slow living
The stress of modern life can get to anyone so it’s no surprise that a lot of people have found joy in slow living. A lifestyle trend that’s all about appreciating the little things in life, slow living encourages us to be more mindful and enjoy our surroundings.
To create a home dedicated to slow living, relaxation must be the top priority. Take inspiration from Hygge with an earthy palette, warm lighting, cosy textures and lots of candles. Prioritise natural lighting by keeping the curtains drawn during the day or placing mirrors directly opposite the windows to reflect the light. Another key part of slow living is to limit the use of technology. Create technology-free zones in your home such as a reading nook in your study or a musical corner where you can play an instrument of your choice.
6. Use green as a neutral
As more people let nature into their homes through indoor greenery, it’s no surprise that green is now seen as a calming neutral. As the primary colour, green not only gives the home a fresh and uplifting touch, it also brings balance and tranquillity with its versatility.
Choose a specific shade of green depending on the vibe you’re going for. Pick sage green if you want to add a soothing touch to the room or to keep it light-hearted. If you prefer classic interiors, choose a green hue with a grey undertone which pairs beautifully with brown leather or velvet textures. Green and blue combination shades like teal give you the chance to experiment with natural light. On the other hand, darker shades of green are incredibly adaptable and go with tropical, Scandi and minimalist decor.