Design Trends for 2024

Design Trends for 2024

As the new year approaches, design experts and enthusiasts make their predictions as to what trends will be hot in the coming year. A long-standing, go-to layout is said to be on the way out. A few classic elements will remain as residential-build staples with an updated twist. And a new palette of colors is expected to add warmth and comfort to your home. As far as DeSimone’s take, the client is always right. That said, our design partners stand ready to guide clients through the overwhelming process of making numerous design decisions that come with new builds or renovations. Perhaps the new trends that follow will get you thinking about your next project and what choices best represent you and your family.

Open Concept vs. Closed Concept

For many years now, open-concept has been popular and made hosting large groups easier than ever. Design industry leaders are now saying the reign of this great room” concept may end in 2024. Longing for a cozier environment, designers predict that separated spaces will be the new trend. The pandemic could have played a role in this, as more defined spaces allow for privacy and comfort; spaces that our work-from-home statistics required at higher rates than pre-pandemic times. More rooms mean more chances to infuse your personality and creativity into each individual space. At DeSimone, we still see a great many open-concept kitchens, dining, and family rooms that are beautiful and functional. Large families or those just looking to spread out can still enjoy time together, while each branching into their own area or activity. Only our clients can decide which layout truly fits their family.

Hardwood Floors are still strong

One staple that can still be counted on in the trend prediction is hardwood floors, but that doesn’t mean change is non-existent for this tried-and-true element. The whole point of a trend is that it changes often and even hardwood floors haven’t escaped an update. Flooring makes a big impact on the overall look of a room and natural, light, and warm wood tones can complement a variety of design tastes. In 2024, patterns will be the biggest change in hardwood flooring, with herringbone, basketweave, and chevron wood arrangements becoming more popular.

Sustainability is trending in all areas of construction and design. It carries through to flooring as well. Reclaimed wood is an eco-friendly option for obvious reasons. Bamboo is durable and grows faster than traditional hardwood trees, which makes it a sustainable, environmentally conscientious choice. Cork flooring is growing in popularity because of its low-emission, harvesting process. Consumers looking to follow green practices may make choices based on these factors.

Kitchen customization upgrades

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, kitchen renovators are looking to store or seamlessly integrate appliances. Built-in pantries and customized cabinets that maximize storage space are also trending requests. Stark white kitchens are on their way out or at least warmed up into creamier tones. Stainless steel is still holding its spot as the most sought-after appliance finish.

Backsplash enhancement

Backsplash to match countertops

As large tiles and solid surfaces gain exposure, they are expected to break up the traditional kitchen backsplash design. Adding a large tile or even a slab of your countertop into the wall pattern adds continuity to your kitchen and makes for an easy clean-up behind the stove. Marble slabs add luxury to the kitchen and eliminate all of those pesky grout lines.

Biophilic Design and Seamless Technology

Biophilic Design and Seamless Technology
Floor to ceiling windows to flood the room with natural light

In 2024, we are expecting to see an uptick in biophilic requests, which means bringing nature or natural elements into the home. Large windows and skylights add more natural light and provide a better view of the outdoors. The use of greenery and warm tones to living spaces will complete the effect. As they look to get back to nature, homeowners also desire to seamlessly integrate smart home technology. Smart thermostats, appliances, and home security units are already a standard for many homes and more AI adoption will increase the possibilities.

Another popular high-end residential request, Smart Home lighting technology, also supports the biophilic trend. It’s touted for ease of use and energy control and offers health benefits as well. Smart lighting is designed to mimic the sun and aid our natural circadian rhythm. During the day, smart lighting like Ketra + Lutron’s Natural Light, emits a blue or cool tone that helps keep us alert. In the evening, warm-colored lighting helps our bodies produce melatonin to prepare ourselves for sleep. Although transitioning your home to smart lighting can be costly, we predict it will become more affordable over time, making it less of a trend and more of a way of life.  

Trending design colors of 2024

Earth-tone wall colors, reflecting a biophilic feel, are expected to be big next year. Terra Cotta and some rich, deep greens will be amongst the top color picks, according to Better Homes and Gardens. The publication also predicts that coastal-inspired blues will be a hit as well. Veranda adds that neutrals will forever be popular but will be a bit buttery or blushed in the year ahead. The online publication also says splashes of bold colors, like bright pinks and aquas, will help make our spaces unique and representative of our personalities.


Certainly, design trends give us new perspectives and inspiration, but what really matters is how you feel and function in your home. Do some research to discover your style. Nail down your must-haves and keep function and well-being in mind when making design choices.

“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling” – Writer, Cecelia Ahern