Over the past few years, the way we use our homes—including our bedrooms—has changed drastically. But what about how we decorate—have our tastes for bedroom decor trends shifted too? The pandemic-fueled fervor to adapt these (and countless other) spaces to new ways of living led to an explosion of both DIY and designer-led makeovers and home-improvement projects, yielding results that were as unexpected as they were diverse: Maximalism stood up to modernity, a newfound value of craft had consumers rethinking their big-box purchases, and so much more.
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The first half of the 2020s has been a dizzying inflection point for the design industry, leaving many to wonder which of these new modes will stick around. And in the boudoir, where pros face the multifaceted challenge of balancing comfort and respite, utility and practicality, self expression and style, the decisions can seem endless. As we look ahead to a new year of this new normal, AD PRO consulted with some of the industry’s leading tastemakers to uncover the bedroom decor trends they foresee rising above the rest in 2024.
The New Neutral
While neutrals in the bedroom may not seem like news, New York–based designer Alfredo Paredes anticipates a move away from “beigey sand and stone hues” in favor of richer natural colors. These tones can deliver the same soothing warmth, he notes, especially when “paired with the right lighting and grounded furnishings.” In his recent collaboration with Australian bedding manufacturer Cultiver, superstar stylist Colin King proves the theory with chic saturated shades like flax, truffle, and aubergine. “I wanted the collection to carry itself through the different seasons,” he notes of the textural linen bed covers, throws, and pillows.
Simply Styled Linens
In addition to shifting shades, the very act of bed-making itself is undergoing transformation. According to AD100 designer Adam Charlap Hyman, monastic two- and four-pillow arrangements are increasingly popular among clients. “I think this is a reaction to the department-store beds of our childhood that were laden with 10,000 pillows,” he says. Instead, Charlap Hyman’s Los Angeles– and New York–based firm has been leaning into the minimal styles of the 1920s, ’30s, ’50s, and ’60s.
A Vintage Touch
As the interest in 20th-century design continues to soar, so too will the incorporation of vintage pieces. Paredes believes that carefully curated antiques contribute “soul and depth” in the bedroom, arguing that furnishings from bygone eras “can connect the interior to the architecture of the home and its surrounding environment.”
AD100 and AD PRO Directory designer Corey Damen Jenkins agrees, asserting that antiques feed an increasing desire from clients for “individuality” or “uniqueness” within private, personal spaces. In a recent bedroom trend report for mattress manufacturer Foster & Stearns, Jenkins uncovered that requests for one-of-a-kind design elements are soaring among clients within his own firm and those of his contemporaries. Of his own approach, he comments, “There’s ways that we have tried to capture more individuality as it pertains to the bedroom, and as it pertains to decoration in particular—whether it be estate finds, online sources, going to flea markets, going to estate sales, going to online auctions.” That doesn’t always necessitate a big investment: “Sometimes it’s just a trinket a moment,” he adds, “you know, your child’s cup, or something that in itself has value and provenance because no one else has it.”
Take the Color and Run
Jenkins also reported that the call for color is ringing louder than ever. After completing a number of oatmeal and white-soaked interiors during the pandemic, he revealed that several clients had actually returned to him requesting that the firm reimagine their designs with more chromatic variety. “It is a myth that serene, neutral, pale colors are the best and most well-suited for sleep. There really isn’t a lot of science or research on this as far as which colors are more soothing, because everyone’s tastes are different,” he says. “We’ve done bedrooms that have been in bright sunshine yellow, and buttery, clean, and white because that client wants to jump out of bed and [be surrounded by] sunshine, positivity, and optimism.”
Elizabeth Graziolo, founder of AD100 firm Yellow House Architects seconds the notion, praising the act of “color drenching” as “far from a fleeting trend.” Often championing the firm’s signature golden shade within her work, Graziolo is a proponent of a “full-on, single-hue explosion across all room surfaces.”
Playing with Pattern
For AD100 architect Charles de Lisle, the realm of prints and patterns will be a playground in 2024. The Sausalito-based practice “has always been a fan of how pattern can make a room,” he says. “We love to play with scale and volume and make our own custom iterations of vintage styles.” (The firm particularly embraces traditional and botanical prints.) Classic chintzes and toiles, it appears, aren’t going anywhere.
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