Hello softness; goodbye hard minimalism

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Browns, greens and other earthy colors will take centerstage in 2024.
Browns, greens and other earthy colors will take centerstage in 2024.
2024 encourages the use of our spaces for artistic expressionand create familiar, lived-in and layered interiors. —PHOTOS
2024 encourages the use of our spaces for artistic expression and create familiar, lived-in and layered interiors. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF PEXELS

2024 is poised to shift design rather dramatically in ways far unlike recent years.

This is even hinted by Pantone’s release of Peach Fuzz as the Color of the Year 2024, which the company has described as a reflection of an earnest desire to connect to something softer.

When you really think about it, it makes sense given the current situation we find ourselves in—from the state of global politics to the economy, environmental pressures. We can also note the kind of anxieties that we experience with regards to the fast turnaround and advancements in the modern world.

If at all, 2024 is moving us towards something that is not only gentler, but calming and assuring and even nurturing. We are looking at an expression of the sentiment to go back to simpler times, evocative of our memories and everything that’s familiar.

That being said, we can expect 2024 to emphasize hues, materials and textures that are more classic—elements that are able to really convey emotions and tell a story.

Design is anticipated to actually veer away from hard minimalism, and throwing out the window the much loved and overly used industrial-looking layouts, which have dominated the scene for a good stretch of time.

Interior designer Kristine Muñoz
Interior designer Kristine Muñoz

Instead, interior arrangements will be moving toward a more maximalist approach that creates a more lived-in and layered look, especially through the incorporation of traditional and vintage pieces.

Smart homes

Pantone’s Peach Fuzz will be accompanied by more somber and muted palettes of browns and other earth tones, those that will stress the idea of keeping us more grounded. This is going to be in stark contrast to the whites, grays and the overall cool shades that were popular in 2023, and which are expected to fall out of popularity this 2024.

Yet, not everything we will say goodbye to. 2023 saw us fall in love with bouclé, herringbone or stacked fabrics and components that exude quiet luxury and reflect an attention to subtle details. We can still expect for these patterns to continue to be enjoyed for years to come, same with continued interest and exploration of biophilic interiors.

This only shows the increased awareness for the need to achieve a sense of mindfulness, well-being and connection to ourselves and nature, but also to develop a style that is respectful and protective of the ecosystem.

Natural materials and nature-inspired designs —unsplash

Natural materials and nature-inspired designs —unsplash

But on the other end of the spectrum, interior design as a profession in 2024 will be more emboldened to explore the possibilities that technology can offer.

Just like in other allied occupations such as architecture, the gradual adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) as well as digital and virtual environments are seen to carry massive implications not only in the way that artists perform and conduct the actual creative process, or even interact with clients.

Similarly, the form of smart home device is anticipated to continue to become more mainstream in many spaces, optimizing the efficiencies and performance of interiors. This also potentially helps create more sustainable decorations in the process.

Though apprehensions surround its use and application in works, AI and other innovative tools are definitely here to stay, and have the power to change the landscape in new and exciting ways.

But while various trends are forecasted and predicted to be shape things to come in the new year, this of course does not necessarily mean that we are completely bound to follow them. As design of spaces remain to be personal and context-driven, we are still reminded to follow the style that is truly expressive of our own. —Contributed INQ

The author is a full-time faculty member of the Interior Design Program at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Environment and Design.

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