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I'M AN INTERIOR DESIGNER - HERE ARE THE OUTDATED HOME TRENDS I DON'T WANT TO SEE IN 2024

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As we move into the new year, a fresh slate for innovative and exciting interior decor styles is revealed - but is the nation guilty of dragging old news into the present? 

With recent Google searches highlighting the demand amongst UK households - ‘interior trends 2024’ up by a staggering 3,100% - to stay on trend, it’s clear Brits are desperate to know what is going to be hot and which trends are past their best-before date.

 

It's time to bid adieu to the 2023 trends that have overstayed their welcome. Luckily, Swoon, the UK’s leading online design-led furniture brand, has consulted its expert interior designer, Sam Greig, to unveil the trends that he doesn’t want to see in 2024 – so you can ensure your abode is ready to take on the new year in style.

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  1. Single-Purpose Furnishings

“Just like the purge of single use plastic, in 2024, single use furnishings are on their way out. With the cost of living leaving consumers wearier of value for money – multi-functional, utilitarian furnishings that offer more than just their initial use are in.

“In 2024, I am looking to see multi-functional furniture take on a more stylish appearance. Think chic ottoman bedswith hidden storage, decorative sideboards with additional cupboard space, and glamorous bar carts that double up as side tables. Functional doesn’t have to mean frumpy!”

   2.‘Trendy’ TikTok Fads

“In 2024, I think it’s time to start avoiding the trap of fleeting TikTok trends that are destined to lose their charm quickly. Remember the viral bubble couch trend? What about the framed TV fad? Remember how quickly they dropped of the face of the earth? 

“There is no denying that some viral designs trend for a reason – but if you are looking to purchase sustainably and responsibly to curate a timeless interior collection, oftentimes TikTok trends don’t possess the longevity you are looking for.

“Rather than impulse purchasing viral trends, I recommend curating your own cherished collection of furniture and accessories gradually, creating a unique and timeless home aesthetic that will stand the test of time.”

   3.The All-White Wall Obsession

“Heads up - the ultra clean white wall is going to phase out. Commonplace in doctor’s surgeries and corporate offices, the plain white wall is clinical and cold – and has no place in homes in 2024. Move away from monotone all-white walls and embrace warmer tones or bold accents that infuse personality and warmth into your living spaces, creating a welcoming and vibrant ambiance.

 

“Colour is the flavour of the home, and utilising it without fear is one of my biggest recommendations for those who are looking to elevate their interiors. Don’t be afraid of adding colour to your walls, furnishings, and accessories. A pop of sunset orange in a somewhat monochrome room can take a space from ordinary to excellent.”

   4.Ultra-Modern Aesthetics

“Yes, 2024 is technically the future - but that doesn’t mean our homes need to look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The ultra-modern design movement is interesting, I’ll admit, but it can come across as stark and impersonal, and looks fairly out of place in the average British home.

 

“Instead of going all out spaceship, I like to create an eclectic mix of classic elements and modern influences. Neon lights look great with dark woods, and tech can be easily integrated or disguised with suave storage.”

   5.Symmetry 

“Gone are the days when a feature wall had to be uber symmetrical, or bedside tables need to match. In 2024, it’s time to embrace natural variation and more relaxed layouts to create a sense of spontaneity in every space. 

“Introduce variety into your interior by mixing shapes, sizes, heights, and textures. For example, in place of a plain piece, fluted finishes and reeding are set to be hot in 2024.”

So, with a wealth of expert insights surrounding what to steer clear from in the new year, it’s time say goodbye to outdated interior trends and designs, and revitalise your home with a fuse of popular designs, personality, and classic design principles. Happy decorating!

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