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What does 2024 have in store? In Design Psychic, our community of editors, experts, and tastemakers predicts the trends coming soon to a home near you.
Real talk—we’ve all decorated our homes with things that felt fresh to death in the moment, but then, looking back a few years later, seem a bit dated. And we’re not here to judge! Some trends turn out to be eternal, but as editors, we know that after seeing hundreds of blob-shaped sofas, our eyes start to crave something new.
Designers understand, too. And after all, sometimes they’re the ones who start certain trends, for better or worse. But they’re also the ones who are always looking for new ways to push the design needle. We asked our favorite interiors experts to name the objects and styles they’re leaving behind in 2023 so you can start the new year off fresh.
Mad Men Style Is Officially Over
Mid-century modern style: A bit like spotting a ghost orchid growing in the Fakahatchee swamp, a successful mid-century modern interior is unbelievably rare. For a wave of design that’s all about an optimistic outlook, why does it remind me of a stuffy institution? —Kit Kemp, interior designer, Kit Kemp Design Studio
Materials That Are Moving On
I’m ready to leave behind limewashed walls and terrazzo countertops. We are [also] pushing our clients to embrace bold hues instead of the beige and neutral tones prevalent in recent years. —Madelynn Ringo, interior designer, Ringo Studio
Stranded No More
Please no more gigantic kitchen islands. Who has time to walk around a 20-foot island every time they need something from the other side of the room? —Rachel Bullock, architect, Laun
The Bubble Has Burst
As far as design trends go, I’d like to see the cartoonish-slash-bulbous one go. Like designers almost slapping BBLs on things. There’s a difference between something being fun and just corny and wacky. —Robby Simon, designer, Play.Room
Out of the Woods
There will always be some projects that call for white oak, but we are ready to move on and embrace some other light wood tones like cherry and ash. [No more] neutral, nude color stories—bring on the color! And despite what others might say, I’m still loving greeeen! —Heather Spaulding, interior designer, Sunday Supper Club