Your home is the ultimate expression of your creativity. No matter the size, whether it’s a starter or your forever home, there’s blank walls and floors crying out for you to put your own stamp on things. It’s much more than decoration though, you can change the doors and windows, add an extension or knock a wall through to expand a room, landscape the garden, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Taste and trends change more gradually in home design so if you like to keep up with the latest styles you don’t have to change your home as often as you change your wardrobe don’t worry! Let’s go through some of the current popular trends that you might like to try out in your home.

The Tiny Home Influence?

The Tiny Home Influence?

Whether it’s because of the rise in popularity of tiny homes or just because we want to maximise efficiency, but one of the biggest home trends of 2024 is multi-use spaces. Think filling odd spaces with large cupboards that are half bookcase and half storage. Many people are seeking out remote work but don’t necessarily want to devote a room to be a home office full-time.

In this instance, office furniture that folds away and/or is attached to the walls is the best choice. This leaves the floor mostly free so once work is done and the desk is folded away the room can have a completely different purpose and vibe.

Another trend is a focus on designs that boost wellness. This applies to residential homes and shared public spaces. Gone are the days where we’ll put up with dark spaces and fluorescent lighting everywhere. Now there’s a push for natural lighting, ventilation instead of re-circulated air, and including indoor plants wherever possible.

In our new focus on the health of ourselves and the planet, more people want to know that the materials used in renovations and buildings aren’t toxic and are as sustainable as possible. The popularity of materials such as reclaimed wood and bamboo have surged as they’re more eco-friendly and can be used to make a space unique.

This trend for wellness has also manifested as a new focus on outdoor areas. Where the garden was sometimes an afterthought, most people now want a deck, a patio, and/or a manicured lawn and bushes. We want to enjoy being in our gardens and help feed the bees and birds too.

Speaking of unique, it seems we no longer want muted colours. Maybe in a push away from the typical cream walls and plain carpet of rented properties, or just to better express ourselves in our homes, the new trend is for bold colour choices.

Whether that’s a dark green statement wall or fire engine red cabinets in the kitchen, cream is now nowhere to be seen. In a similar interior décor move, many people now prefer seeking out one-of-a-kind handmade decorative pieces to support small businesses instead of mass-produced items.

Don’t Take on too Much

Renovation projects are an exciting prospect but it’s important to know your limits. Decorating is fine for most people but when you start talking plumbing, electrics, or knocking down walls they are skills most don’t have. It’s tempting to do it yourself to save money but if you do it wrong you could injure yourself or cause more expensive problems.

Seeking out a company you trust for the big jobs means it will be done right first time and exactly how you pictured it. You could use the time you’ll save on YouTube trying to figure out renovations to search handmade markets for that perfect décor item to finish off a room.

Dr. Alexander Reed

Dr. Alexander Reed, with a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from MIT, brings over two decades of experience in the construction industry. Before joining our team as a freelancer in 2019, he led several high-profile construction projects and taught at Washington University. His expertise, gained from managing large-scale urban development projects, enriches our content since 2019. He is an advocate for green building practices and has consulted on various eco-friendly initiatives. In his free time, Dr. Reed is an avid sailor and enjoys writing about the intersection of architecture and environmental sustainability.

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