With 2024 around the corner, home renovation and design platform Houzz has shared a list of 10 residential design trends that it predicts will consume idea boards and social media feeds next year.
The picks are based on the activity of over 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts and more than 3 million residential construction and design professionals. Learn more about each of the trends and insights below.
1. Blended backsplashes: Some designers on Houzz are installing a slab of stone or quartz behind the range or cooktop while keeping the surrounding backsplash areas tiled. The slab is often the same material as the countertops, giving the kitchen a striking focal point that’s easy to clean.
2. Fluted cabinets and details: Fluted details have been on display at design shows throughout the year. The aesthetic creates a statement-making element beneath island countertops, bathroom vanities, and dining room tables, adding visual texture and interest.
3. Warm neutrals: One of the most popular trends is the move away from cool grays and stark whites to warmer neutrals like beiges, creamy off-whites, and rich browns. Designers on Houzz recommend incorporating different tones, textures, and patterns to create a more layered look that gives a room seasonal versatility.
4. Blues in focus: Whether it’s a sky-inspired hue or a deep watery color, look for an array of blues to be featured more prominently in decorative materials and housewares in the coming year.
5. Timeless style: Many homeowners on Houzz are requesting more traditional details and materials that create a timeless style. Even modern homes are incorporating “old” elements such as brick, handmade clay tiles, rustic wood elements, and arches.
6. Handmade features: Accompanying the trend toward timeless style is an embrace of handmade features and details. Pros on Houzz say this includes handmade tiles, custom bathroom vanities, and other bespoke elements, which create a feeling that the homeowner has something truly unique.
7. Appliance garages: Appliance garages conceal countertop appliances such as blenders, coffee makers, and toasters but keep them easily accessible and organized. While they’ve been around for decades, they’re enjoying a resurgence in popularity as homeowners seek to declutter their homes and incorporate more gadgets into their kitchens.
8. Herringbone everything: Herringbone is another classic design element that is experiencing a renaissance. "The typical horizontal zigs are beginning to zag in new directions—diagonally or vertically—to create an updated look with visual interest, movement, and texture," reports Houzz.
9. Mud-laundry rooms: Combining a laundry room with a mudroom is a great idea for homes that see a lot of mess at an entry. This popular setup lets homeowners place grimy sports uniforms, sandy beach towels, or muddy winter coats directly into the wash before they track dirt farther into a home.
10. Plantings between pavers: Garden paths and patios made of pavers separated by ground cover have gained popularity on Houzz due to their natural look, permeability, and design versatility. This approach softens pathways, breaks up large expanses of hardscape, and generally makes a walkway or patio feel more like a living part of a garden.