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Revamping Your Home:
Embracing Modern Design Trends in 2024

by Susan Gast

Eco-friendly materials used indoorsEco-friendly materials used indoors

Sustainable Materials in Home Design

Home design trends are always changing. Keeping up can be fun and challenging. Modern design trends in 2024 make our homes stylish, useful, and eco-friendly. Whether you love DIY projects or just want to update your space, knowing these trends can help you make smart choices that fit your style and needs.

Did you know that "the average female" changes up her home decor every seven years? Yep, out with the old sofa, and in with the new. I'm getting ready to scratch my seven-year-redo-itch. Are you?

Eco-friendly Building Materials

More people are choosing eco-friendly materials for their homes that are good for the environment and have many benefits. Bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal are popular choices. Bamboo grows quickly and doesn't harm forests. It's strong, flexible, and looks great. In our backyard along the fence, we had bamboo stalks grow as tall as thirty feet!

Reclaimed wood adds a rustic feel and reduces the need for new wood. Recycled metal is used for fixtures and fittings, cutting down on waste and giving a modern look. These materials help create unique and personal spaces.

Recycled and Upcycled Decor: What's the Difference?

Upcycling and recycling are key to sustainable home decor. Upcycling means turning old items into something new and useful. I honestly do this more out of necessity than to keep up with a trend. Upcycling encourages creativity and lets you make unique pieces that show your style.

For example, an old ladder can become a bath towel holder when propped against a bathroom wall. I've seen people hang magazines on ladder rungs, (handy reading-material for when you're sat there minding your own business). And vintage suitcases stacked for additional stylish storage fills an empty corner. But to me, stacked suitcases are a little overdone nowadays.

A Fortune in Scrap

Recycling involves reusing materials to make new products. This can be recycled glass for countertops or recycled plastic in furniture.

Choosing recycled and upcycled decor reduces waste and adds character to your home.

My dad was a huge recycler before it was hip, and his recycling was on a big scale. He demolished old factories (in England) and took up railway lines and the sleepers (wooden ties) they sat on. He wrote a book about it which still sells well to this day: A Fortune in Scrap: Secrets of the Scrap Metal Industry.

Bold Colors and Patterns

Trending Color Palettes

Neutral colors are out. Enough with the fifty-shades of grey... really. For five years, light greys gave our eyes a rest, sure... but walls of white tend to get a bit boring after a while, right? (Yep, talking to myself there...)

Bold, vibrant colors are in. Rich jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, and ruby red are popular. Check out this lovely "Skinny Jeans" denim blue color... I've got a huge crush on it!

These colors can be used on all four walls (even the fifth wall: the ceiling - if you're feeling brave) or just as an accent wall.

Earthy tones like terracotta, mustard yellow, and olive green are also trendy. These colors bring warmth and coziness, perfect for living rooms and bedrooms. When picking colors, think about the mood you want to create.

Incorporating Patterns

Living room, blue huesLiving room, blue hues

Patterns add visual interest and texture to a space. From geometric shapes to floral prints, there are many options. In 2024, bold, oversized patterns are popular. Use them in wallpaper, rugs, or upholstery to make a statement.

Mixing different patterns such as a striped rug with a floral sofa creates a dynamic look. When combining patterns, choose a cohesive color scheme to keep the design balanced.

Stencils, spray adhesive, and paint rollers and trayStencils, spray adhesive, and paint rollers and tray - all ready to use!

A cost-saving way to mimic wallpapering is to stencil. There are amazing big patterns available and I've got two waiting to be used (where does the time go?). The stencils are designed for easy repeatable patterns.

Use special stencil adhesive to keep the stencil flat against the wall to avoid bleeding brush accidents or stipple whoops-a-daisy's.

Minimalist Aesthetics

The Essence of Minimalism

Minimalism is about simplicity and functionality. It means decluttering and focusing on essentials to create a clean, calm space. Choose high-quality, timeless pieces that serve a purpose. This includes furniture with clean lines, neutral colors, and simple decor.

Minimalism creates a sense of calm and order. By removing unnecessary items and focusing on what matters, you can create a functional and beautiful space.

Also, you've no choice, really, when living in a tiny home to think "minimalistically" is there such a word? Well, there is now. I love Manon's tiny home situated in the French countryside.

Creating a Minimalist Space

Open floor plan - minimalistOpen floor plan - minimalist

Start by decluttering and getting rid of items you don't need. Yes, I know it's hard to part with stuff. Let's start in the closet: a good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn something in five years, donate it. See here how I made a single-door closet to a two-door closet (no more sideways-shuffle folks!) When your closet is cleaned out it's time to tackle the rest of the rooms. Do one room at a time then it's not overwhelming.

Minimalist spaces tend to have a neutral color palette with shades of white, gray, and beige for a clean look (so I'm halfway there right now!). Pick furniture with simple designs and clean lines.

For decor, less is more. Choose a few statement pieces that add interest without overwhelming the space. This can be artwork, a stylish lamp, or a unique piece of furniture. Keep decor minimal to create an open, airy, and inviting space, not to mention making it easier to keep the space clean...

Smart Home Technology

Integrating Smart Devices

Smart home technology is changing how we live. From smart thermostats to voice-activated assistants, these devices offer convenience, efficiency, and security. Adding smart devices to your home can make daily tasks easier.

For example, a smart thermostat can learn your schedule and adjust the temperature, saving energy and money. Smart lighting systems can be controlled from your phone. Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home can control devices, play music, and answer questions.

Exterior home security cameraExterior home security camera on a front porch

I have two Litokam (on Amazon) security cameras set up by and they transmit excellent color images to my phone.

These simply plug into an outlet for their power source (USB with adapter) and as I said, they transmit their image data to my phone. I also purchased a wifi booster to make sure the signal was strong enough to reach my phone at night as their transmittal "max range" is around 33 feet.

But if you're building a new home from the ground up, make sure to incorporate security cameras with their wiring hidden inside the walls.

Benefits of a Smart Home

Smart homes offer more than convenience. They enhance security with real-time monitoring and alerts. For example, smart security cameras send notifications if they detect unusual activity such as a water leak in the bathroom or laundry room. Smart locks can be controlled remotely, letting you lock or unlock doors from anywhere.

Smart home technology also improves energy efficiency. Smart thermostats, lighting systems, and appliances can be programmed to use less energy, lowering utility bills. By adding smart devices, you can create a more convenient, secure, and energy-efficient home.

All you need is patience to learn how to program them.

Biophilic Design

Bringing Nature Indoors

Biophilic design connects us with nature by bringing the outdoors indoors. This trend uses natural elements to create a calming environment. This includes indoor plants and natural materials like wood and stone. I love the vertical spaced slats on a dark background, as shown above.

Indoor plants add greenery, improve air quality, and create a sense of peace. Popular plants include succulents, ferns, and snake plants which are most commonly known as Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, and viper's bowstring hemp, among other names.

Natural materials like wood, stone, and bamboo are used for furniture, flooring, and decor to create a warm, inviting space.

Benefits of Biophilic Design

Biophilic design offers more than just looks. Studies show that natural elements reduce stress, improve mood, and boost well-being. Natural light can increase productivity and improve sleep. Indoor plants improve air quality by removing toxins and increasing oxygen.

Biophilic design also promotes sustainability. Using natural materials and plants reduces your environmental footprint.

Multi-functional Spaces

Designing for Flexibility

Guest bedroom office with Murphy bedGuest bedroom office with Murphy bed

Flexibility is important in today's fast-paced world. Multi-functional spaces serve multiple purposes, making them ideal for modern living. This trend is popular in small homes and apartments where space is limited, and honestly - sometimes you don't have a choice.  The guest bedroom becomes a work-at-home-office with a daybed or a Murphy bed.

A large living room can house a home office or crafting area in a corner. A dining area doubles as a workspace or play area for kids. Choose furniture that withstands wear and tear, and decor that can be easily adapted for different uses. This includes foldable furniture, modular pieces, and storage solutions.

Furniture for Multi-functional Spaces

Versatile furniture is key for multi-functional spaces. Look for pieces that serve multiple purposes and can be easily reconfigured. For example, a sofa bed can be a seating area during the day and a bed at night. A dining table with extendable leaves can fit different numbers of guests.

Modular furniture is also great for multi-functional spaces. These pieces can be rearranged and customized to fit different needs. For example, a modular sofa can be configured into different shapes and sizes. Storage solutions like shelves, cabinets, and storage ottomans keep the space organized and clutter-free.

Vintage and Retro Styles

Art Deco - Mid-Century Modern - Bohemian stylesThree styles: Art Deco - Mid-Century Modern - Bohemian

Popular Vintage Trends

Vintage and retro styles bring charm of past decades into our homes. Popular vintage trends include mid-century modern, art deco, and bohemian styles.

Art Deco (1920s-1940s)
Art Deco is a bold, glamorous, and streamlined style that originated in the 1920s. It features geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, and stylized designs. Key elements include:

  • Sleek, smooth lines and curves
  • Geometric patterns and shapes (e.g., sunbursts, chevrons)
  • Glossy, mirrored, and metallic finishes (e.g., chrome, gold, silver)
  • Rich colors like deep blues, greens, reds, and yellows
  • Luxurious materials such as velvet, leather, and marble

Mid-Century (1940s-1970s)
Mid-Century Modern is a clean, simple, and functional style that emerged in the mid-20th century. It emphasizes organic shapes, minimalism, and integration with nature. Key elements include:

  • Clean lines and simple, uncluttered forms
  • Organic and geometric shapes
  • Functionality and practicality
  • Natural materials like wood, leather, and metal
  • Bold, contrasting colors and patterns
  • Iconic furniture designs (e.g., Eames lounge chair, Noguchi coffee table)

Bohemian (Timeless)
Bohemian, or boho, is an eclectic, free-spirited, and unconventional style that draws inspiration from various cultures and eras. It celebrates individuality, creativity, and a laid-back lifestyle. Key elements include:

  • Mix of patterns, textures, and colors
  • Layered and mismatched decor
  • Vintage and handmade items
  • Natural materials like wood, rattan, and jute
  • Plants and greenery
  • Floor cushions, throw pillows, and tapestries
  • Global-inspired elements (e.g., Moroccan lanterns, Turkish rugs)

These styles can be mixed and matched to create unique, personalized spaces that reflect individual tastes and preferences in furniture, decor, and color schemes..

Mixing Vintage with Modern

Mixing vintage with modern is still a key trend. This creates a unique look that combines the best of both worlds. For example, pair a mid-century modern sofa with a contemporary coffee table. Hang an art deco mirror above a modern console table.

When mixing vintage with modern, choose a consistent color palette and style to create a cohesive look. This ensures the overall design is balanced. Combining vintage and modern elements creates a stylish and timeless space.

Open Floor Plans

An open floor plan showing lower floorAn open floor plan showing lower floor

Benefits of Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans have been popular for years and remain a strong favorite in 2024. This design removes walls and barriers to create a more open and spacious living area. Benefits include more natural light, better flow, and a sense of connection.

Removing walls lets natural light flow freely, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. Open floor plans improve movement, making it easier to navigate and interact with different areas. This design is popular in modern homes and apartments where space is limited.

But, and there's always a but! it also means keeping the whole space clean and tidy. After all, there's something to be said about having a kitchen in its own room. Shut the door on the dirty dishes. Enough said.

Designing an Open Space

Designing an open space requires careful planning. Create distinct zones for different activities while keeping a cohesive look. Use furniture, rugs, and lighting to define different areas.

For example, use a sofa to separate the living area from the dining area. A rug can define the seating area, while pendant lights highlight the dining area. Choose a consistent color palette and style to create a harmonious look. Careful planning creates a functional and stylish open space.

Many times people end up with a rug that is far too small; I'm guilty of that. It's a case of whatever will fit in the car... but having a custom-size rug made for you is not overly expensive, plus they'll deliver it!

Home Office Design

Home office with L-shaped desk and 3 computersHome office with L-shaped desk and 3 computers

Creating a Productive Workspace

With more people working from home, creating a productive home office is important. A well-designed workspace improves productivity, focus, and well-being. Choose a quiet, comfortable space free from distractions.

Select a dedicated area for your home office. This can be a spare room, a corner of the living room, or even a closet. Choose a comfortable, ergonomic chair and desk. Good lighting is essential, so use a mix of natural and artificial light. My desk light has a weighted base and sits behind my computer monitor... and the top of the light is adjustable so I can flip it up to have the light shine on my face which is great for Zooms!

Keep the space organized and clutter-free to create a calm, focused environment.

Ergonomic Furniture Choices

Ergonomic furniture supports the body and reduces strain, making it essential for a productive home office. Choose an ergonomic chair with adjustable height, lumbar support, and a comfortable seat cushion. I spent "a fortune" ($850!) on my chair and I've been using it for years. An ergonomic desk should be the right height to prevent neck and shoulder strain.

Consider other ergonomic accessories like a keyboard tray and a monitor stand. I have a footrest, too, because I'm a shortie. These accessories improve posture and reduce strain. Ergonomic furniture creates a comfortable, healthy workspace that promotes productivity and well-being.

DIY Home Improvement Projects

Easy DIY Projects

DIY home improvement projects personalize your space and add value to your home. Many easy DIY projects can be completed in a weekend or less like these mudroom examples. Easy DIY projects range from painting a room to building furniture. (OK, pushing it a bit with building furniture...).

One of the easiest DIY projects is painting. A fresh coat of paint can transform a room and give it a new look. My brother kids me by saying my home loses interior square footage every time I paint the walls with so many layers of paint! Look, we women change our minds, OK?... plus it's one of the cheapest and most dramatic home improvements you can make.

Cabinet hardware for kitchens and bathroomsCabinet hardware for kitchens and bathrooms

Another simple project is updating hardware and fixtures. This includes replacing cabinet handles, light fixtures, and faucets. These small changes make a big impact and give your home a fresh, updated look.

Budget-friendly Renovations

Renovating your home doesn't have to be expensive. Many budget-friendly renovations improve the look and function of your space without breaking the bank. One cost-effective renovation is updating the kitchen. This includes painting cabinets, replacing countertops, and adding a backsplash. Of those three, two have been done by little old me. Yep, you guessed it, the countertops have yet to be replaced. I will call in the pros for that job!

Another budget-friendly renovation is updating the bathroom. This includes replacing the vanity, adding new tiles, and updating fixtures. With every "new" home I move to, I always change out the toilets! These updates give your bathroom a fresh, modern look.

Budget-friendly renovations improve your home without spending a fortune.

Personalized Decor

Customizing Your Space

Personalized decor is a reflection of your style and taste. This includes custom furniture and unique artwork. One easy way to personalize your space is through DIY projects. This includes painting, crafting, and upcycling.

Colorful Fruit throw pillow
Orange Slices throw pillow
Fruit on Dark Background throw pillow

Available at Dry Bites Boutique

Another way to customize your space is through personalized accessories. For the living room, jazz up the sofa with unique throw pillows, like mine shown above.

For the bathroom, how about monogrammed towels, custom-made pillows, and personalized wall art? Adding these unique touches creates a space that is truly your own.

DIY Decor Ideas

There are many DIY decor ideas that add personality and charm to your home. One popular idea is creating a gallery wall. This includes a mix of photos, artwork, and decorative items. Another idea is making your own candles or soap. These can be customized with different scents and colors to match your decor.

Remember, you can repurpose old furniture into something new and stylish. For example, an old dresser can be painted and updated with new hardware and made into a bathroom vanity. Getting creative and resourceful lets you create one-of-a-kind decor that reflects your style.

How can I incorporate sustainable materials into my home design?

Incorporate sustainable materials by choosing eco-friendly building materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal. Opt for recycled and upcycled decor items to reduce waste and add character to your space.

What are the trending color palettes for 2024?

Trending color palettes include rich jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, and ruby red. Earthy tones such as terracotta, mustard yellow, and olive green are also popular. These colors can be incorporated through wall paint, furniture, and accessories.

How can I create a minimalist space?

To create a minimalist space, start by decluttering and getting rid of unnecessary items. Choose a neutral color palette with shades of white, gray, and beige for a clean look. Pick furniture with simple designs and clean lines. For decor, less is more. Choose a few statement pieces that add interest without overwhelming the space.

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