5 Interior Trends Designers are Ditching in 2024 (And What They’re Loving Instead)

Crittall doors are the new barn door

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We’ve seen many design trends come and go since we were holed up during the pandemic (there should be a case study on the rapid demise of modern farmhouse). But of course, when one trend fades, something even buzzier takes its place. So in an effort to spare your wallet from thousands of dollars on a cloud couch that won’t hold up over time—or a gas stovetop that could actually be hazardous for your kid’s health—we’ve rounded up five trends designers are ditching in 2024 (plus what they’re replacing them with). 

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OUT: Mario Bellini Sofas / IN: Classic Leather Sofas

First, we had the cloud couch that went viral for its cushy, feather-like aesthetic—and it wasn’t long before people were bashing it for the constant fluffing required. So then, Mario Bellini-inspired sofas took its place. For those who don’t know, Bellini is a famous furniture designer who pioneered the curvy furniture craze in the 70s—and his Italian design made a comeback all over Instagram this year. “Everyone who was anyone had these sofas and they were all the rage,” says designer Katelyn Fuller in a TikTok. “Not only have replicas over-saturated the market—so it’s no longer unique—but it also [sacrifices comfort for style].” So, what’s actually cool on the sofa front? Designers seem to be in full support of the Grandpa Chic trend, and Poppy’s den wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous leather sofa. These can span from Chesterfield sofas with tufted details to midcentury modern options, like the viral Sven Sofa, so long as it uses high-quality, aniline leather (read more about that here).

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OUT: Barn Doors / IN: Crittall Doors

Many home design staples came out of modern farmhouse (shiplap, subway tile, ‘gather signs… you get the picture). Yet, if there was one feature that survived the mass exodus towards minimalism, it was the barn door. Typically used as a decorative touch in the bathroom or pantry, these rustic sliding doors seemed to linger in the design scene—especially ones that were painted over with tone-on-tone finishes. Now, however, designer Phoenix Grey says crittall doors are taking their place—and he maintains they won’t go out of style in the next 10 years. “The greatest thing about crittall doors is that you can use them on the exterior and interior while almost mimicking a translucent wall.” What’s more, despite the fact that these doors have been dominating Pinterest and Instagram lately, it’s a timeless trend that’s worth investing in: “It’s nothing new—these doors have been around for 150 years—but they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve.”

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OUT: Gas Stovetops / IN: Electric Ranges

Recently, emissions from gas stove tops have been connected to an increased risk for childhood asthma—among other health concerns—per a pediatrician we consulted. Not to mention the impact fossil fuel emissions have on a warming planet. In fact, recent studies have suggested that gas stoves are producing more harmful chemicals than previously believed, and in 2019, Berkeley became the first CA city to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings. Since then, other hotspots, including the *entire state* of New York have followed suit, banning natural gas and fossil fuels in most new buildings. All of that’s to say that electric stovetops are quickly replacing the gas burners from yesteryear—and it’s not just the health or climate benefits. There’s been an uptick of searches for 'hidden induction stovetops' and 'induction ranges' that skew more French farmhouse than contemporary modern. (Plus, they’re way easier to clean.)

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OUT: Can Lights / IN: Track Lights

First, some design101: can lights are recessed lights—aka lights that are flush with the ceiling—and get their name from the can-like, cylindric metal shape they're housed in. Basically, they look like a (much prettier) can of soup that’s inserted into the ceiling with a light bulb in the middle. None of this really matters, however, because they’re already on their way out: “Canned, recessed lights are a thing of the past,” says designer Nina Takesh in a TikTok. “We are no longer doing brand new construction and popping in lights all over the ceiling.” Instead, she says, “We’re illuminating spaces in an artful and considerate way.” More specifically, with track lights that can be recessed into your ceiling: “[Recessed track lighting is everywhere right now] because you can pop lights in and out at any point in time, and they’re utilitarian—you can move them around with your furniture.”

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OUT: Entryway Storage Benches / IN: Buffets and Sideboards

“As functional as it can be, I would avoid storing any kind of bags or shoes in your entryway,” says interior stylist, Anthony Immediato, in a video. “The last thing I want to see when I walk into my house is a bunch of organized clutter.” Meaning, it’s time to swap those storage benches with hooks and shoe slots for something sleeker: buffets and sideboards. Typically, these go in the dining room for serveware storage. But now, retailers across the board are bringing these cabinets into the entryway to elevate the space. They offer a concealed, curated look while allowing you to create a vignette on top with artwork and decor. Plus, if you’re tight on square footage (aka you needed that bench for functionality), Immediato suggests using “some type of clothes storage,” like a dresser or a tall wardrobe that can conceal everything when you first walk into the house. 

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