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Each year, color and design experts immerse themselves in emerging movements across fashion, technology, art, and popular culture to pinpoint key color stories and design themes reflecting the coming year. For 2024, paint manufacturer Dunn-Edwards Corp. predicts “the promise of a new era reflected in interior design.”

“People have a newfound appreciation for life and the promises it holds,” says Sara McLean, color expert and stylist at Dunn-Edwards. “As a result, we predict 2024 will be the year to break free from the traditional do's and don’ts of interior design.”

In its 2024 Color + Design Trends report, the experts identified a collection of 48 hues across four inspired color palettes: New Dawn, Time of Comfort, View to Wonder, and Cinematic Heritage. The palettes project confidence and optimism for the future with misty, ethereal mid-tones, quirky brights, and strong earth-drawn colors. Read more about each below:

  • New Dawn: This nature-inspired palette is made up of ethereal pastels, misted mid-tones with a touch of grittiness, grounded earth shades, and colors that feel like glimmering sunlight.
  • Time of Comfort: Warmth is central to this palette with tried-and-true colors spanning bread-like neutrals to garden greens, floral brights, and blues reminiscent of a day at the beach.
  • View to Wonder: Autumn and spring collide in this escapist palette filled with warm, saturated hues and the hypnotic power of brights and sugary pastels.
  • Cinematic Heritage: In a fast-paced world, this palette encourages the slow romanticism of everyday rituals by combining mauves, browns, and greens with bright reds, blues, and fuchsias for a playful balance of vintage and modern.

“These color palettes invite coziness, romance, escapism, and youthfulness, inspiring us to break the mold and transform our spaces in a meaningful way,” adds McLean.

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