Happy New Year! This is my kind of year based on interior trends I see coming in.
We have been through many years of what I consider cold, technical minimalism. Of course a lot of this clean aesthetic was inspired by Scandinavian design. I live in Scandinavia, but I like the traditional arts and cozy side of the Scandinavian design elements. I crave decorative arts and the look that a human hand has made the items, or painted the details.
Connection to history is becoming important again. I see the Craftsman style with wainscoating, vintage wood furniture pieces, organic patterns in wall paper or accent pieces. The image above is the decoration on our barn at our farm. It made the barn have a lovely energy and we spent so much time out there with the animals just because it felt so nice to be around them and the artwork.
According to designer Kerri Pilchik, 2024 will be a year of putting decor with character and stories first. "I think in 2024 we are going to see more highly personalized spaces and rich color palettes," Pilchik shares. "Interiors will be more eclectic as people use antiques and pieces that have been passed down from family alongside new pieces that range from bespoke to CB2."
In line with the uptick we've seen in antique and vintage shopping, homeowners have the desire to create a connection to their past. Patterns and colorful create a layered personality, from rugs to imperfect hand-carved tables, the human touch is back.
In Norway, when I first moved here 15 years ago, I could buy a hand-painted (called rosemaling or rose painting) wood chest that could be 200-300 years old for $100. The most expensive one I bought was $90 and is from 1780. But in 2023, I saw they were beginning to go for thousands of dollars. People desire the warmth of family and history, and I think this is a great trend.
"What I think will be a big turnabout in design for 2024, is that more and more of my clients are actually wanting to return to 'dumb homes' at least that's what I'm calling the opposite of a smart home! Harsh blue lights and bright touchscreens that illuminate when you walk by at night are starting to give way to a love of mechanical controls: old-school buttons, switches that toggle up and down, and simpler toilet washlets!" says Nozawa.
Take the minimalist vibe you have lived with and warm it up with vintage patterns, traditional designs, block prints, and anything with the hand-made feel. This is the inspiration for my 2024 pieces. Join my email list to keep updated with all the happenings!