Hint: You’re going to want to hit up an antique store ASAP.
Take a quick glimpse into any room in your home and consider what’s one of the first things that you notice. Probably your furniture, right? Pieces like couches, chairs, beds, and tables often take up the most visual real estate in any room, so it’s important to get those picks right. That also means that they’re a great place to experiment with trends, allowing you to transform the vibe of your space with just the swap of a chair or the addition of a side table.
As we close out the year and look to 2024, trends become a natural topic of conversation, especially in the design world. After all, everyone wants to know what to shop for and what pieces we’ll be seeing everywhere in the coming year. To get the lowdown on all the best furniture trends for 2024, we went straight to the source, tapping a slew of design experts to get their take on the pieces you’ll be adding to your wishlist very soon (if you haven’t already!).
Pattern has been in for a while, but homeowners generally tend to stick to safe prints (think: a classic ticking stripe) instead of committing to a bolder pattern. However, that’s all due to change in 2024. Designers predict the furniture industry will be embracing pattern in a big—err, small—way, with bold but bitsy prints covering everything from occasional chairs and ottomans to couches.
“We are seeing more patterns being introduced in design, and a nice way to try this is by adding small-scale prints to your furniture pieces,” suggests designer Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors. “It adds so much character and style but doesn’t feel like a big risk.” Adds New York architect Jaime Donate: “I think we’re seeing more attention paid to the texture, color, and pattern of forms. I think it is a reaction to the white-washed Scandinavian aesthetic that was in the mainstream pre-pandemic. I anticipate a return of small pattern textiles (especially florals) on furniture, as well as accessories like lamp shades.”
The pandemic—and all the supply chain issues that came along with it—certainly made shopping for vintage and antique furniture more enticing, and the habit is here to stay as we move into another year. For many designers, the mindful consumerism that comes with shopping secondhand or creating custom pieces is a welcome way to leave a lasting impression on the homes that they create.
“People respond positively when there is a story behind how materials are sourced, where they came from, and the history leading up to their reinvention,” says Melanie Grant, Interiors Studio Director at CCY Architects. “We often collaborate with local artisans to create unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. The same is true with pieces that are passed down through generations. The concept of enduring design, lasting quality that is rooted in place, creates an environment where people feel comfortable helps us elevate above trends towards memorable experiences.”
“Decorating with meaningful pieces is not about chasing an aesthetic but curating spaces that resonate with authenticity and personal stories,” adds Gideon Mendelson, Founder and Creative Director of Mendelson Group. “The true essence of this ‘trend’ lies in the subtleties, the cherished heirlooms, and the intimate connection between a space and its inhabitants. Furthermore, decorating this way doesn’t always have to be expensive and can be a great way to curate a space.”
Rich, Saturated Colors
While your instinct may be to choose larger furniture pieces in flexible neutrals like oatmeal, cream, and navy, 2024 is about to challenge you to think outside the box—or at least on the other side of the color wheel. “In the coming year, we’re going to see a big return to jewel tone accents on furniture,” says designer Susan Hayward of Susan Hayward Interiors. These hues are a beautiful way to experiment with sophisticated shades, and the colors work so well with natural woods, another trend I think is here to stay.” If you’re reluctant to go too bold with your color palette, consider having a slipcover made in a rich emerald or sophisticated aubergine that you can change at will.
This coming year, trade hard edges and rectangular shapes for something with a bit more curve. Softer silhouettes will be everywhere in the furniture industry come 2024, offering homeowners the opportunity to add a sophisticated (and slightly glamorous) appeal to any room. “We are still seeing a lot of big, bold curves in larger furniture pieces,” says Bryan Johnson, CEO of Shades of Light. “In fact, some sofas and chairs don’t have a straight edge anywhere on them. This is driven by a shift toward more fluid, organic shapes.” Adds Mendelson, “I love working with rounded edges, so I’m excited about curvy furniture becoming more popular in 2024. It allows you to play off the rigidity of the surrounding architecture, contrasting it and softening it.”
In addition to gentle curves, softness is making its way into your home’s furniture in other ways, too—mainly, through bespoke upholstery. “Upholstery detailing will be a big focus in 2024,” says Hammel. “Flange welts are staging a comeback in furniture design, adding a touch of timeless elegance and sophistication to modern interiors. These classic detailing techniques are reimagined to bring a sense of heritage and craftsmanship to contemporary furniture, which has led interiors to take on a more traditional styling.”
If you’re someone who wants your decor to double as art, you’ll be thrilled to hear that a focus on form will be front and center when it comes to furniture this coming year. “I think this year we’ll see chairs taking on a more artistic approach,” says Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Deisgn. “They’re no longer just four-legged functional pieces; designers are infusing creativity into their designs with three-legged bases and more structural looks.”
“Cool, chunky, sculptural pieces will be big next year,” confirms Molly Torres Portnof of DATE Interiors. “The pandemic made us all reevaluate our spaces and our furniture, and the effect of that has been a sense that furniture should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Sculptural furniture pieces are an example of how furniture can be art. Go for a shapely, statement piece of furniture to bring a bit of whimsy to your space.”
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