The connection with nature and the need to surround oneself with fluid spaces, capable of accommodating different needs at various times of the day, continue to be the center of gravity of the decorative choices for 2024.
The innovations concern the answers to these needs, which are now expanding towards a fusion of styles capable of giving life to solutions with a strong visual impact.
1. A nuance? From vanilla yellow to gold to give light
It's called Limitless and it's a pale yellow, with a thousand possibilities, the color of the year 2024 announced by PPG Architectural Coatings Italy< /strong>.
Limitless is, first of all, a versatile and bright colour, with a vintage flavour, but also capable of acting as a backdrop to contemporary environments if combined with the range of greys, as suggested by the color designer Francesca Valan. To even become an eccentric protagonist when paired with accessories in gold and brass finishes.
“The colors of your home are to be chosen emotionally - explains Valan - because, then, it is with emotions that you have to experience them. The advantage of this color is truly its ability to illuminate and fill empty rooms. It is perfect for warming up the cold light of a north-lit room, it becomes very warm in the evening light."
2. A main color? Terracotta, warm and vibrant
The color designer Francesca Valan defines terracotta as a global colour, perhaps the only one capable of uniting countries and cultures with a universal language: that of the shades of the earth.
“It is the king of iconic Italian colors - continues Valan - a timeless color that is so necessary at this moment to avoid being trapped in the fluctuating fashions. Terracotta offers security, solidity and warmth and changes, just like earth, from yellow to red.
It works wherever you want, on walls and floors, on objects, on dishes... and even on household appliances."
3. An accessory? The screen that separates and decorates with lightness
An object that inhabits the border between art and design, between decorative and necessary, with dignity, the screen has been rediscovered by various companies for its versatility, an indispensable quality in contemporary fluid interiors. In recent months an exhibition has even been dedicated to the screen, "Screens: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries”, on display at the Fondazione Prada in Milan until 22 February 2024.
The extensive exhibition, curated by Nicholas Cullinan, investigates the history and interprets the meanings of the screens, retracing the trajectories of mutual contamination between East and West, the processes of hybridization between different art forms and functions, collaborations between designers and artists and, finally, the creation of new works.
4. An inspiration? The cabins, micro cabins, in the forest or on a Scandinavian island
The need for contact with nature, to escape from the city, to seek a measurable and not just apparent distance between work and free time, are pushing in the direction of isolation.
Perhaps not so easy to translate into a real choice, but very easy to imagine, so much so that the 'cabins' topic on Instagram is one of the most clicked on.
The gaze is thus lost between small houses in the middle of the woods or overlooking fascinating Nordic cliffs. We can try to reach them thanks to increasingly organized and widespread hospitality structures such as the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland, or at least try to bring home some of the right pieces to recreate that enchanted atmosphere.
5. A hope? The connection between nature and technology
A topic of profound debate in recent years which, from more academic circles, is reaching concrete needs and solutions. How can the meeting between nature and technology give life to innovative design works? This is one of the questions that guided, for example, the third edition of Next Design Perspectives, the annual event organized by Altagamma at the Triennale di Milano strong> and who tried to respond by giving voice to artists and designers from all over the world.
Lonneke Gordijn, founder together with Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift, showed how movement can become a metaphor for human adaptation: “We adapt to the environment also thanks to movement.
Once I was on a boat with friends and I realized that I felt happy because I was in constant connection with the movement of the sea. Our bodies have become one with the waves.” And it is precisely the sea waves that are the protagonists of some design works created by Studio Drift, such as the Flylight installation.
6. An investment? The milestones of evergreen design.
Design is a young sector that still has a long way to go before reaching the much more stable art market, but almost all auction houses now dedicate a department to it.
From modern antiques to contemporary collectible design, authorial design is arousing more and more interest, promising itself as one of the next attractive investment areas in which amateurs will capitalize to integrate their collections.
In the private sector, deciding to purchase a piece of furniture designed by an important name in the sector can be a starting point for a future collection or even just the satisfaction of adding a long-lasting and high-quality element to your spaces.
7. About patterns and textures? The bohemian style of the 70s
There are various stimuli that have been reaching our desire for décor since the Seventies.
If, as far as fixed structures and the colors of walls and floors are concerned, the desire is directed towards safe, sometimes rigorous choices, when examining the accessories and fabrics one can feel a desire for maximalism, for color combinations and exaggerated patterns. /strong>.
The sense of rebellion that can be felt in city squares suggests breaking the mold with ironic furnishings, optical motifs and macro patterns, perhaps used as wallpaper to emphasize a corner of the home.
8. Your favorite environment? The kitchen.
During the months of the pandemic on the one hand and on the other the appreciation, shared by many, for television shows that see chefs as protagonists, the kitchen has loudly regained the title of domestic hearth.
The interior designer Mariella Asaro, of the Salefino studio in Agrigento, explains that not only in the home do customers ask for large and perfectly equipped kitchens for work and conviviality, but also from public places and restaurants the demand is for kitchen environments designed to be enjoyed by guests too.
9. Craving for convenience? Multifunctional furniture and intelligent storage solutions.
Multipurpose furniture, movable or foldable, have appeared in our homes in recent years, to present themselves as true protagonists in 2024.
Thus, in the living room a desktop that disappears into a console or an extra bed hidden in the pouf are no longer solutions for young people's homes, but belong to the common imagination.
Domestic scenarios change quickly, throughout the hours of the day and days of the week, and for each of them there is a need for a concrete, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing response.
10. Avoid regrets? Knowing how to choose furniture made from recycled materials..
Choosing eco-sustainable furnishings for your home is an increasingly common option, but not yet so simple. In fact, it is a sector that is constantly updated and in which it is easy to get lost in unclear company communications. There are furnishings made with recycled material (wood or regenerated plastic), but recycling does not always originate from real sources of waste.
Then there is the sector of biocompatible design which concerns the use of natural materials aimed at improving air quality, but even in this case, it is worth understanding which sources of supply it comes from.
In short, if the intention is good, to bring it to fruition it is necessary to engage in in-depth research. And we will help you with expert advice