Our homes influence our lives in a significant way. The colours of our walls, the shape of our furniture, and the texture of our surfaces are each contributing factors to how we feel. They also have the potential to influence our health too. Physical comfort is directly affected by our living spaces, with certain areas of interior design influencing our mental health, improving or impeding sleep hygiene for example. In addition to these core factors, there are also practical considerations that, in the advent of ever-changing technological advancements, are becoming increasingly efficient.
With this in mind, we’re looking at the key interior design trends, those that are changing the way we spend time at home and the organisation of our routines, and will continue to do so in 2024 and beyond.
The traditional bathroom design is one that seems to find a balance between the practical and the indulgent. However, the latest trend in bathroom design focuses almost entirely on the latter. These contemporary spa-throom designs place decadence at the heart of their aesthetic, promoting wellness and relaxation above all else. As a result, time spent on personal health and beauty is becoming a larger part of a daily routine.
As residential homes have a greater deal of pressure placed upon their utility, with a greater number of remote workers seeking home offices for example, gardens are being transformed, with outbuildings and log cabins being a popular design choice.
This is because these outbuildings act as blank canvases for residents, allowing them to create a living space that is immersed in their garden, whether for professional or personal purposes. So, if you’re looking for a yoga studio or home office, it might be worth measuring your lawn.
Perhaps the most significant way in which homes are changing is through technology. Modern homes are seeing their interiors being designed no longer to simply include gadgets but having their layouts built around technology.
From car charging points to virtual assistants, technology is becoming integral to living spaces and changing lives because of it. Wireless charging pads can be discreetly concealed, removing the need for wires, while smart boilers remove the need for thermostats, connecting to personal devices instead. Robot vacuums and lawnmowers are also eliminating the need for bulkier equipment and, therefore, storage space too.
Cottagecore is the aesthetic that took social media by storm and is now influencing living spaces too. The result of this influence is a greater affection for rustic and vintage designs. This means celebrating natural materials and textures while also seeking a more nature-focused lifestyle. Upcycling is becoming a more popular practice, along with other celebrated cottagecore activities too.
Straight edges are out and the rounded softness of natural curves are in. This means doorways are being swapped for arches and l-shaped sofas with round alternatives. This change has come about partly as a throwback to the mid-century designs that occupied homes but also as a rejection to the industrial and modern interiors that have come to represent a lack of individuality. Curves, it seems, are an expression of a unique lifestyle.