Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2024

Say goodbye to stark lines and chilly minimalism. This year’s home design trends are all about connection, softness and personalised spaces. Think sprawling open-air terraces blurring into living rooms, textured layers that invite touch and serene corners dedicated to self-care. In 2024, we’re swapping sharp lines for gentle curves and celebrating investment furniture pieces and upcycled treasures. 

Continue reading to learn more about the top five design trends of 2024.

1. Indoor-outdoor living

The trend of seamlessly integrated indoor-outdoor living spaces shows no signs of slowing down. In 2024, we expect to see more homeowners blurring the lines between inside and out, creating hybrid living spaces that promote relaxation, social interaction and connection with nature. 

Look out for all kinds of indoor-outdoor living spaces, from open-air patios and expansive terraces to complete entertaining areas with fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and pools. This is essentially a new iteration of a trend that emerged during Covid-19, when Melburnians were seeking a connection with the outdoors. 

This year, we may also see the outdoors start to make their way inside with elements like living feature walls, green roofs and indoor courtyards becoming more popular across Australia. This means homeowners will also be paying more attention to landscaping when planning new home builds or restoration projects.  

2. Texture

In late 2023, we started to see a texture trend emerge in the form of fluted detailing and rendered walls. This year, we expect this to expand to all interior surfaces including ceilings, walls, tapware, hardware and furniture. Texture adds depth and sophistication to a home, allowing you to create a uniquely personal space.

In furniture, look out for textured materials like velvet, corduroy and linen. Architecturally, this trend will take the form of Venetian plaster, fluted wall and joinery panelling and bespoke concrete surfaces. Combining a selection of organic textures will create a more layered and sensory experience that adds interest to your home.

3. Wellness spaces

In recent years, the home has become more of a refuge than ever before. Complete the transition from house to sanctuary with the creation of a dedicated wellness space. We’re seeing more clients request indoor spaces that promote rest and encourage rejuvenation. This could take the form of a cosy reading nook or spa-like ensuite or something more major like a dedicated infrared sauna, bespoke library or home gym. 

These spaces are designed to foster physical, mental and emotional health and draw on natural light, biophilic design, soft colours and calming textures to create a peaceful environment that promotes wellness. Having a dedicated wellness space in the home serves as an everyday reminder to take time for self-care.

4. Curves

Sharp lines are out in 2024 as we make way for soft curves. While curved furniture has been popular for a few years now, we expect this trend to expand to include architectural elements like archways, rounded joinery and curved hallways. These elements add a touch of softness to the home, creating a welcoming and inviting feel.

If you’re not ready to fully commit, you can incorporate this trend into the home through more temporary features like circular rugs, arched mirrors and furniture pieces with soft or rounded edges. These will help to add softness to the home without seeing you invest in a complete renovation or new home build. 

5. Investment or upcycled furniture pieces 

As we learn more about sustainability and our impact on the earth as a society, we’re seeing an increased interest in recycled or circular furniture that has been crafted from recycled materials. We’re also seeing more clients invest in high-quality, made-to-order pieces that will last a lifetime. 

Also known as the ‘slow furniture movement’, this trend embraces conscious selections, reduces waste and champions quality over price and speed. It’s a direct move away from impulse buying mass-produced furniture from low-quality stores. At SECON, we love this trend as it particularly complements heritage homes.

If you’re looking to build a custom new home or undertake a heritage restoration that draws on one or more of the above trends, get in touch with the expert team at SECON Constructions today.

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