Design trends for 2024 see inside-out styling as outdoor spaces become natural extensions of the home; where décor blends in, allowing you to chill out
As the days grow longer and the promise of spring beckons with February just around the corner, our thoughts turn to transforming our outdoor spaces into havens of relaxation and style. With major international interior décor fairs on the horizon – Maison & Objet in Paris (18th -22nd January), Salone del Mobile in Milan (16th – 18th April) and Casa Decor in Madrid (April with dates tbc) – we’re poised to witness the latest trends that will shape our outdoor living areas in 2024. Here’s a sneak peek into the design concepts that are set to inspire us.
Versatility: Modular designs take centre stage this year, offering a multitude of possibilities for creating dynamic spaces that are both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The Loop & Link collection by Raw Color Studio exemplifies this trend with its sinuous chain-like seating that can be arranged in various ways creating an interplay of light, shadow, and volume in a range of vibrant colours and patterns.
Identity: In a world saturated with mass-produced products, there’s a growing appreciation for the individuality and character that handcrafted items bring to a space. While incorporating a few thoughtfully chosen pieces can enhance your terrace-patio, it’s best to maintain a sense of balance and avoid over-cluttering.
Winter wonderland: ditch the dull winter palettes and surprise with bursts of bright colours, like turquoise, fuchsia pink, lemon yellow or coral in textiles and trimmings. Summery, tropical and floral prints and an outdoor rug go a long way to banishing the winter blues.
Bold eclecticism: Don’t be afraid to inject a touch of boldness into your outdoor living area. Placing an item that is dramatically different style-wise, such as an industrial piece in a Boho or Mediterranean setting, can create a striking visual contrast.
Statement lighting: the right lighting can transform any room. You can add warmth and ambience to your space if you opt for elegant designer chandeliers hanging over the dining area or sleek wall sconces designed specifically for outdoor use.
Avoid cluttering with a mishmash of various materials. Less is more. Replace complex combos of stone, wood and metal and embrace a more cohesive design with a lighter touch. Equally, say goodbye to brightly painted garden fences and welcome muted, neutral, natural tones. Replace artificial turf with artistically arranged shapes in natural grass or earth, creating a more organic and inviting atmosphere.