In most homes, the living room is home base for all things cozy, comfy, and welcoming. Whether you’re curled up with a good book, enjoying a movie with family, or gathering with friends for a glass of wine, the living room is the perfect place to express your personal interior design style. But sometimes it’s time to mix things up, and when the time comes we’re often searching for inspiration and guidance. Which is why, with the turning of the new year, we tapped designers to share some of the most popular living room decor ideas for 2024.
Whether you’re looking to make a few little tweaks here and there or want to revamp the whole thing, our experts Lauren Sullivan of Well x Design, Laura Williams of ATX Interior Design, and Lauren Williamson of Cedar & Oak shared the living room decor ideas they’re excited to see come to fruition in 2024. If you’re ready to transform your living room and refresh your space in the new year—read on.
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The Best Living Room Decor Ideas for 2024
2024’s biggest trends are a stark contrast from the minimalist designs we saw in 2023. Our designers’ observations and my own trend research make it clear that this year is all about establishing a mood when incorporating accent colors and signature pieces. While some of the previous year’s trends, such as curved edges, are here to stay, newer aesthetics like dark colors and cool metal tones have recently entered the design sphere in a subtle yet show-stopping way.
Why make a change? Think of your living room as a sanctuary for comfort and inspiration. It’s a place where the best ideas make their appearance in a less-intimate environment than the bedroom. Living room decor speaks to stylistic choices made from a place of comfort that simultaneously reflects the energy you’re drawn to wake up to each morning. With this in mind, we love incorporating new trends into your lived-in space without completely overhauling the vibes.
The idea of re-vamping a frequented space is always appealing, yet our designers note that incorporating the living room decor ideas for 2024 can be done with a few subtle shifts. However you’re looking to switch up your space in the year to come, there’s bound to be a trend for you.
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Deep, Moody, and Dramatic
Williamson says we can anticipate the “resurgence of moody, modern styles in 2024.” This, she notes, includes deeper, more dramatic colors in our spaces. If it’s time to tone down the brightness in your living room decor, but don’t feel inspired for a complete demo, try incorporating some standing light fixtures or dark wooden accent furniture that complement lighter walls.
Williamson is incorporating dramatic marbles and heavy textures to be “mixed with vintage pieces and natural materials to effortlessly blend timeless selections with what is making a comeback.”
Layered and Curved Seating
“Curved seating doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon—whether a curved sofa, a chair with a rounded back, or an ottoman with softly-shaped bun feet,” says Sullivan. Williamson notes that layered seating has also emerged as a living room buzzword, the goal being added comfort and appeal to the space.
“We’re looking specifically for a range of high-back chairs, medium-back couches, and low ottomans, adding interest to your eye, as well as offering plenty of places to sit.”
The moodiness of 2024 decor doesn’t always come from color alone. Sullivan notes that cool metals may emerge as a frontrunner to complement the Art Deco aesthetic. She adds, “Art Deco interiors are having a moment as well as cooler metals. I think we’ll continue to see these elements making their way into living spaces by way of paneled walls, stainless steel materials, and moody lighting.”
Vintage Pieces with Modern Lines
“Out with the old and in with the new” isn’t exactly this year’s vibe when it comes to living room decor. Williams says that we can anticipate a pairing of old and new in this year’s most popular design trends. “Combining the use of vintage pieces with modern lines has become more and more prevalent recently and I foresee 2024 being full of living rooms mixing the old with the new.”
Anticipate accent pieces, such as mirrors, chairs, and lamp fixtures, complemented by more modern furniture and styles.
Mix & Match Textiles
Colors and patterns are two of the most prominent living room design elements we may see shift in 2024. “Mixing and matching patterns and colors within different textiles is a huge trend right now. For instance, a blanket with checkered print, a rug with stripes & woven Roman shades. It adds visual interest to the space and gives an at-home feeling,” says Sullivan.
Williamson supports this, adding that layering also flows into textiles within the room, like curtains, throw pillows, and rugs. Try incorporating this variety by switching up your colors from monochromatic to complementary.
All the Wood Tones
Sullivan says that wood-inspired details may be the change your living room needs in 2024. “I think we’re going to see a lot of mid-to-darker wood tones this year. Think accent chairs and coffee tables in darker tones—and mixing wood tones in general.” Williamson also notes that deep wood stains are highly sought-after in pursuit of a more moody and cool-toned space.
A Variety of Texture
“In general, color/pattern are also standing out not only in decor but on the construction side of things as well! We’re looking at incorporating wallpapers, reassessing our cabinet finishes—think glossy vs. matte we’ve seen the last handful of years—and colored or patterned tile, as well as textured wall finishes like Venetian Plaster,” says Williamson.
While these big textural changes are bound to alter your living room space, smaller changes like incorporating woven rugs or throw pillows may be a simpler addition.