Home decor is brimming with so many fresh ideas and trending styles emanating from social media, influencers and publications every year that it is hard to keep up and decide which one is best for you.
We’ve decided to pull together a few key 2024 home decor trends that will realistically resonate well with the charm, lifestyles and character of your everyday Irish home. From the countryside cottage or homestead to the bustling streets of Georgia, suburban or high-rise Dublin, these trends can be adapted to suit a variety of local settings.
Let’s dive into some trending ideas and the homeware items you’ll need to bring these styles to life in your home.
Sustainability isn’t just a new buzzword or fashion choice. In 2024, we need to build more and more sustainability into our homes.
The recent Energy crisis and ensuing inflation have made it clear that a sustainable and eco-conscious approach must be a way of life, not just a fashion trend.
Let’s consider some eco-friendly options you can bring to decorating your home in the coming decade.
- Look for furniture made from organic biodegradable materials like cotton linens.
- Source wooden furniture crafted from sustainably forested wood, especially if you’re purchasing hardwood furniture. You do not want to be responsible for cutting down more of the Amazon forest!
- Rather than aim for the “fast fashion’ version of furniture, maybe it is time to look to a more circular economy when sourcing. This means sourcing vintage items, donated items, and upcycling found furniture or heirlooms.
- There’s a growing appreciation for history and heritage in home decor. So do not hesitate to source antique pieces. Antique wooden furniture, vintage lamps, and classic pottery can be sourced from local antique shops or online marketplaces.
Inspired by Ireland’s lush landscapes, earthy tones are making a big comeback. But there are deeper reasons for this cluster of colours.
There is a backlash against the cold tones of the workplace, a pause from technology and a yearning for a less technological, digital or even minimalist environment. The GenZ term ‘Low-key’ comes to mind.
In addition, there is a return to some of the warm brown and beige palettes of the 70s. Lighter tones such as taupe and beige are soothing and neutral, whilst warmer woody tones bring us back to nature.
- Incorporate shades of green, brown, and beige through wall paints, cushion covers, and area rugs.
- Textures add depth and warmth to any space. Nostalgic Natural fibres and textures of rattan, bamboo, brown-toned marble, and hessian add to the earthy natural environment this trend calls for.
- Chunky knit throws, woollen rugs, macrame, wall hangings and velvet cushions are perfect for this. Look for rich, lush textures that invite comfort and warmth.
- Consider adding a splash of colour with plant pots or artwork that features Nature.
- Wall art and ornaments that mimic nature work well here, such as Art Nouveau-style motifs.
This trend is about bringing the Outside as we look to Nature for respite. Nature is a De-stressor. We’ve already mentioned the Natural textures and palettes you can use, but here are some more ideas:
- Bring potted plants, and don’t hesitate to hang them in places to add more colour to your room, like bathrooms and home-office spaces. Plants have been proven to enhance your mental and physical well-being while improving air quality.
- Bringing in more daylight into the house with a skylight and clever glazing.
- Water features add texture, sound, and a sense of well-being. An Aquarium is an excellent way to bring Flora and Fauna in, too!
- Source occasional ornaments made from found objects such as seashells, eggs, tortoise shell, mother-of-pearl or ornamental geods. Bare wood countertops and driftwood bring the patterns and textures of the forest inside.
- Why not create an internal zen rock garden with raked sand and succulents?
- Great Feature walls dedicated to Nature or use Iconic wallpaper in the style of William Morris or a large format printed wall print with a nature-inspired motif.
As many continue to work from home post-pandemic, multipurpose spaces are more important than ever. This is heightened because some homes are multi-generational, and it is harder for some of us to move out of our parent’s homes. Some homes also host families from Ukraine.
All three factors indicate the need to maximise our spaces—multipurpose rooms or spaces within the home.
- Key Items: Invest in modular furniture, foldable desks, and decorative room dividers from local Irish stores. This allows for a seamless transition between work and leisure within the home.
- Invest in flexible furniture, such as tables that may be expanded and collapsed into a smaller space. Or aim for furniture that provides dual purposes, such as a daybed that can be turned into a sofa.
- Opt for furniture with simple designs and keep decorations to a minimum in these spaces to afford yourself more flexibility.
- Maximising built-in storage opportunities and storage accessories or solutions from Homevalue can help keep your space tidy, uncluttered and open, giving you more living space.
So far, we’ve talked about some very “Worthy” trends. But you should also have some fun!
Some of this can also be blamed for the slow but surely imminent nostalgia for the 70s. Quirky classic 70s styling in your fabric patterns or pops of quirky colour in the most minor expected locations are just some of the ways you can inject a few accents here and there.
We offer a quick glimpse into how Irish homes can be styled in 2024.
A trend may seem like a purely aesthetic thing or mere surface detail. Nevertheless, if you look deeper, you’ll realise every trend is the culmination of underlying conditions and movements in how we react to the world around us as it poses new challenges.
Despite these trends being popular, there is still room to add your unique take and tastes should you renovate or convert your home decor.