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Top Trends in Home Design: What’s In and What’s Out

December 22, 2023

New home design trends fluctuate every year, creating an ever-changing list of “ins” and “outs”. Never fear! McKee Builders has the details on a few of the trends for 2024. Without further ado, let’s look at some of the trends expert designers expect to see in the year ahead.

WHAT’S IN:

  1. Color, Color & More Color | Color trends for 2024 celebrate creativity and individuality, ranging from versatile off-white neutrals to vivacious turquoise and bubblegum pink, warm earth tones to moody greens, blues and blacks. Whether on walls or upholstery, pillows or artwork, vibrant colors will be everywhere. 
  2. Wallpaper | Unsurprising after so many years of minimalism and gray everything, wallpaper is having a resurgence. Wallpaper on the walls, on the ceiling, behind bookshelves… In an array of patterns and styles. Florals, botanicals, and Chinoiserie or  textured options such as grass cloth, raffia, or jute. 
  3. Nature/Green Living | Bringing nature inside has been a trend for a couple of years now, and it shows no sign of abating. Nature-inspired design incorporates lush greenery and living walls, earthy colors, eco-friendly materials (bamboo!), and sustainability. Honestly, it’s less of a design trend than it is a lifestyle.
  4. Shapes & Textures | Continuing the trend away from monochromatic minimalism, home design is definitely moving toward playful, distinctive elements. Curvy sofas, interesting rugs, quirky accent pieces, whimsical patterns, unique tiles… home decor will be celebrating individuality, comfort, and warmth. 
  5. Character & Authenticity | Making choices based on what speaks to you, what draws you in, rather than what’s “trending” is a trend. (Very meta.) Since character, originality and personality tell a different story for each person, vintage finds, artisanal craftsmanship, and personalized decor will become more popular as people strive to stand out.

WHAT’S OUT: 

  1. All White/All Grey | The all-white or gray trend is losing its appeal, coming across as sterile and boring. People want more personality and durability, so design experts are opting for warmer color schemes and textured finishes to infuse character into living spaces. While neutrals still have a place, the monopoly of monochrome is ending in 2024.
  2. Boring Lighting | Another overused design feature, recessed lighting, is having a rethink. While it may be functional, it’s certainly not interesting or even flattering. Homeowners are opting for more individual fixtures – beautiful pendants, oversized shades, and unique designs. In line with the trend of bringing the outdoors “in”, natural light – large windows, skylights, and mirrors – is also trending.
  3. Shiplap | It’s everywhere, so it’s not surprising that this design trend is on its way out. Those who love it are coming up with new ways to use it (wider planks, different directions, paint treatments). Those who are over it completely are returning to classic treatments such as chair rails, wainscoting, beadboard, board-and-batten, and picture frame molding. 
  4. Dark Metals & Shiny Gold | Another victim of overuse, once-popular black iron and steel windows and doors have had their day. (Homeowners are painting them white!) Shiny gold fixtures are also out, as matte, satin, and brushed gold/brass finishes take their place. 
  5. Matching Anything | Any kind of matched furniture sets (dining rooms, bedrooms) are being switched up for more varied furniture pairings. The trend is toward a look that is less rigid, more organic and eclectic. People are using antiques and vintage pieces that have been passed down from family alongside new pieces. 

Like exciting new home design trends, there are plenty of wonderful things to look forward to at McKee this coming year. One thing you can count on is the dedication of our team to provide you with homes with quality features and stylish finishes.

Are you ready to explore a few of these new home design trends? McKee Builders is here to help inspire your personal space and style. Take a look through our Model Galleries and our Design Studio Gallery to get some ideas on how we design. If you see something you like, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We can’t wait to help you into your new home in 2024!

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