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2024 Interior Trends: Decorating for Happiness This New Year

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2024 is set to be the year we embrace the joy of living in a way that is authentically “you”. With the average Brit spending an average of 18 hours per day at home, this will be translated into interior trends by ensuring that your home reflects your passions and identity while also being functional to meet your individual needs, above all else.

Designing your home is becoming an avenue for wellness, self-care, and self-expression. Molly Woodward-More, creative director at Stone Superstore, talks through the tile trends that are set to be everywhere in the New Year. Whether your style is eclectic-vintage or modern-minimal, interior trends are evolving to be broader than ever.

Pattern revival 

The resurgence of retro aesthetics will continue to evolve and gain popularity throughout 2024. The trend will build upon the popular warm browns, rich colours, and dark woods with vintage character and graphic patterns for a new take on the trend.

The versatility of this trend is endless, whether you have a more modern or traditional interior style, meaning it isn’t restricted to a certain era. We’ll be seeing balanced amounts of pattern with half-walls and zonal tiling. We may also see a rise in maximalism when it comes to this trend, with those opting for pattern-drenching, which builds elements of clashing colours for a playful, eclectic style.

Tiling is a fantastic way of channelling creativity through pattern. Graphic motifs or geometric shapes leave room for ultimate customisation. Consider using alternating-coloured tiles to create a striped or chequerboard effect for a nostalgic 60’s-inspired style, or look at floral patterns for a vintage revival.

For colour accents, stick to warm, embracing colours such as burnt oranges, deep reds, creamy yellows, or even rich greens for ultimate relevance to retro aesthetics. If your preference leans towards neutral décor, consider adding these colours to your space through original artwork or soft furnishings to add a pop of energy.

Unfiltered optimism                                     

With the term “dopamine décor” trending on TikTok, we’re seeing the celebration of happiness and self-expression being taken even further. Colour is the hero here, centred around mood-enhancing, invigorating shades used in large zonal blocking formats to create a real impact.

The application of this trend is up for personal interpretation, whether that’s through combining a clash of colours or opting for a monochromatic scheme of one tonal shade. When used with confidence, this trend comes into a world of its own. From cobalt blue and tomato red to ochre yellow and olive green, it’s all about favouring colours that trigger a spark of joy for you.

One of the most popular uses of colour, set to be big in 2024, is the return of soft pastels. These cheery, soothing colours are making their way back into interiors due to their powerful mood-enhancing qualities. Lavendar, apricot, butter yellow, and plaster pinks offer a hopeful yet fun feel to a space and are particularly enchanting when used in a dusty, matte finish to really let the colour sing.

Healing spaces 

Having spent more time indoors over the last few years, we’ve looked to our direct surroundings as a means of tranquillity and restoration. Our next trend for 2024 encourages us to make deeper connections to our spaces by paring back the visual clutter and prioritising harmonious, therapeutic design through intentional décor choices.

Natural materials like marble, travertine, and terrazzo are ideal surface choices here for their inherent textures and calming aesthetics. These surfaces are not only visually enchanting but also invite touch, creating a sensory and tactile experience that reconnects and grounds us. To take this idea further, consider installing underfloor heating to enhance your tiled space for a soothing, comforting experience.

Stacked tiles and linear shapes offer a clean, sleek effect here, minimising the visual clutter. Low lighting, hidden LED strips, or even back-lit mirrors are a great way of softening the overall aesthetic to create your own at-home spa bathroom. In living or kitchen spaces, rounded shapes, such as arched doorways and curved furniture, can also be used to balance the harder-edge style of this trend, adding a sense of fluidity and balance to your space.

Of course, any effective sensory space should go beyond the visual. Incorporate elements like aromatherapy diffusers and soundscape playlists to complement the visual and tactile experience of the space. By engaging multiple senses, you can create a truly immersive and therapeutic environment within your home.

Natural connection 

The desire to connect with nature in a genuine and effective way proceeds to grow for 2024, with individuals longing to make the most of their gardens, balconies, and courtyards, considering these areas an “added room” of the home.

We’re continuing to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor, creating seamless transitions with large sliding doors, continuous flooring, and flowing colour palettes. Outdoor kitchens and back garden ice baths are rising in popularity, with people wanting to utilise their spaces and connect with nature in new, authentic ways.

Wellness is also a key factor that can be promoted by using natural materials in your décor and accessories, such as stones, wood, and clay. Bringing natural materials into the home instantly creates a grounding and reassuring environment that can positively lift your mental state.

Another great way of introducing a visual connection to nature in your spaces is by opting for green as a colour choice in walls or kitchen cabinetry, or even using foliage motifs in tiled bathrooms.

Luxe escapism 

Escapism is a theme that is frequently referred to within the interior trends for 2024. While some long for a more down-to-earth, stripped-back form of escapism, others are re-defining what the word means to them, using design as an opportunity to lean into a world of opulence, luxury, and exotic aesthetics.

It’s all about creating mesmerising, immersive spaces that transport you to “somewhere else”, offering comfort with an underlying sense of elegance.

Beautiful stones, specifically ornate onyx and statement marbles, feature intricate veining that mimics the fluidity and movement of seawater. This comes into a world of its own in a bathroom or wet room on large, enveloping surfaces. Joyful, maximalist styles work well here; play with rich colour, seductive dark tones, and polished, gloss tiles for a vibrant, expressive look, with gold or brass fixings to add a luxury finishing touch.

An appreciation for heritage and cultural design is celebrated through decorative period features, ornate coving, and traditional panelling: details that create a striking sense of elevated opulence. Heritage architects specialise in maintaining and recreating these elements, ensuring that each design reflects historical accuracy and timeless beauty. Tinted glass and high-shine surfaces offer further visual interest with finesse, provoking fantasy, escapism, and imagination.

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