2024 Interior Design Forecast | Architectural Digest


“There are always going to be people who want Calacatta Gold for their kitchen counters, but there are a lot of other interesting types of stone out there. It’s not just all white or beige,” says Greene, who praises AD100 Hall of Fame designer Kelly Wearstler for long using “really wild and interesting stone to make spaces feel unique.” He encourages a visit to the stone yards in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, or Long Island City, Queens, where he often takes clients to see what speaks to them firsthand. For Kiki Dennis, a principal at TenBerke, using the material comes with a sense of responsibility. “We’re trying to be more conscious about specifying natural stone, focusing on things that don’t have as much of a carbon footprint extraction price, and trying to be more local when we can,” Dennis says.

Felt walls and wallpaper doors

According to Zoe Feldman softer finishes like wools will rule in the new year—even on walls. Here the designer uses a...

According to Zoe Feldman, softer finishes like wools will rule in the new year—even on walls. Here, the designer uses a wool Phillip Jeffries wall covering for a serene vibe.

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“We’re still in comfy fabric land, spending a lot of time at home adjusting from our COVID habitat,” says AD PRO Directory designer Zoe Feldman, who is using a lot of mohairs and corduroys in her projects right now. But it doesn’t stop with the sofa these days: “I think we’ll see softer finishes on walls, including wools.” And lest that be the most surprising prediction, Joa Studholme, color curator for Farrow & Ball, forecasts that the “transformative power of wallpaper will be embraced in graphic stripes used in a myriad of ways: horizontally, vertically, over ceilings and doors.” (Yes, doors!)

As these trend lines exuberantly declare, clients are making use of every bit of square footage in their homes. “People are getting more and more comfortable with maximalist and deeply personalized spaces,” says AD PRO Directory designer Victoria Sass, founder of Prospect Refuge Studio. And they are also open to pushing the design envelope with materials employed in adventurous ways. “If you can dream it,” Sass concludes, “2024 is the year to do it!” —Bridget Moriarity

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What AD Editors Say Will Take Off in 2024

Updated Art Deco

“I think a contemporary twist on Art Deco is going to have a resurgence. Think: Lacquered surfaces, rich woods like mahogany or walnut, and industrial metals like mirror-polished stainless steel.” —Hannah Martin, senior design editor

Maximalist upholstery

“I think we are about to enter the golden age of unexpected upholstery. I’m thinking about tapes, tassels, and trims being used to create pattern and dimension. Patchworks of multiple fabrics working together on one piece. Color combinations that feel wacky… like a deep purple mohair velvet sofa with mustard grosgrain tape. I’m excited to see how designers dive deeper into the world of maximalism through upholstery.” —Madeline O’Malley, market director

Vintage case goods

“People have been manifesting the return of brown furniture for some time, but now more than ever classic case goods seem poised for a comeback—both on account of necessity and want. With climate change top of mind and global economic fates hanging in the balance, vintage wood pieces both make the most or what we already have (reducing our collective embodied carbon footprint) while satisfying our lust for the thrifty and hand hewn.” —Sam Cochran, global features director


“Earlier this year, my colleague Hannah Martin proposed that industrial minimalism is making a quiet comeback. Ever since then, I’ve had this growing suspicion that metallics will be back in full swing for 2024 which I think is very chic. From stainless-steel tablewares and USM Haller systems to silver modular sofas and chrome lighting, expect to see more spaces that shimmer!” —Sydney Gore, senior design editor, digital

British invasion

“Nearly every month, I get word of another British brand expanding stateside. OKA launched in Houston, Little Greene Paint in Greenwich, And Objects in New York—and even more are still under wraps. They share, in essence, an alluring charm and a know-how for using color (nay, colour!) without abandon. American interiors, take note!” —Mel Studach, editor, AD PRO


“This is the second year I’ve been rooting for corduroy to finally make its comeback—especially if it has a superwide wale. Given the current yen for feel-good spaces, as well as the revival of the prep aesthetic, I’m optimistic that its moment has finally arrived.” —Lila Allen, senior editor, AD PRO

Minimalist canopy beds

“Far from stuffy, clean-lined canopy beds the likes of which Rose Uniacke sells are on the rise for 2024. Uniacke’s variety, with its chain-clad frame, has a hint of medievalism that recalls the ongoing vogue for monastic bed making. Perhaps this is the next stage in the ongoing evolution of bed trends? We think the answer might just be yes.” —Madeleine Luckel, senior design editor, digital

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What Comes After Our ’70s Design Obsession?

Design experts predict we may not retire our love for the era any time soon. That’s not necessarily a bad thing

The 70s remain alive and well. For proof look no further than the living room of this sundrenched palazzino in Romes...

The ’70s remain alive and well. For proof, look no further than the living room of this sun-drenched palazzino in Rome’s Parioli district. There, Milanese designer Cristina Celestino opted for a white Camaleonda sectional, a mirrored wall, and bespoke travertine tables.



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