Interior Designers Share Things They Won’t Waste Money on This Year

Open shelving often requires a lot of upkeep.

Open shelving with kitchen supplies.

Open shelving can attract a lot of dust.

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Open shelves were a popular minimalist trend this year.

But they don’t have a place in 2024 home design, says Melissa Engelke, the principal designer of ME Design.

“Open shelving anywhere in your house isn’t ideal, as it will attract a lot of dust and dirt, making the space look unappealing,” the designer told BI.

She recommended opting for high-quality closed shelves to create a more luxurious finish.

Oversize furniture can make a room feel smaller.

Big bed in a small room.

Furniture that doesn’t fit in a room correctly can be overwhelming.

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Oversize furniture can be overwhelming in small spaces, says Dara Huang, an interior designer, architect, and founder who’s the creative director of Dara Maison.

“Choose furniture that is proportionate to your room size to maintain a balanced and inviting atmosphere,” she told BI.

It’s time to move on from neon colors.

Neon pink chairs in living room.

Neon furniture is falling out of the spotlight.

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Excessive neon colors are no longer desired, says Mina Lisanin, the founder and interior designer of ML Interiors.

“Neon colors can be visually fatiguing and make a space feel unbalanced,” she told BI.

The designer recommended opting for a subdued color palette with smaller pops of color.

Peel-and-stick wall decals don’t add much visual appeal.

Wall with floral sticker decals,

Peel-and-stick wall decals can seem low-quality.

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Though wall decals were once trendy, Engelke says to think twice before adding them to your home in 2024.

“They have been overused and don’t make much of a difference to the visual appeal,” the designer told BI.

Instead, she suggested hand-painted murals to create personalized decor.

Expensive throw blankets can require more maintenance than they’re worth.

Chunky knit blanket on a bed.

Throw blankets can sometimes be high-maintenence.

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Though high-end throw blankets are beautiful and warm, they can require tons of upkeep, Engelke says.

“Usually, they need to be dry-cleaned, making them a not-so-great option for daily use,” she told BI.

The designer recommended buying machine-washable throw blankets for your living spaces.

Seasonal decor usually isn’t worth the money.

Halloween decor on a front porch.

Temporary seasonal decor sometimes isn’t worth it.

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It’s time to stop wasting money on temporary, seasonal items, Engelke said.

“Seasonal decor items are short-lived and often need to be changed every year to give your space a fresh holiday look,” the designer told BI.

Consider investing in timeless pieces that can be accentuated seasonally, such as throw pillows and table runners.

Overdoing rattan furniture isn’t the look for 2024.

Rattan furniture.

Rattan furniture is OK in moderation, but too much can be unappealing.

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Rattan furniture has seen a rise in popularity over the past few years. But this year, it should only be done in moderation, Engelke says.

“Rattan has become so ubiquitous that it dampens the charm of the furniture,” the designer told BI.

She added that the best way to use rattan was by combining it with other elements rather than making it a focal point.

Generic, overhead lighting is out for 2024.

Living room with overhead lighting.

Standard overhead lighting is functional but can be boring.

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Generic lighting can be uninspiring, Huang says.

Opt for statement lighting that serves as functional art instead.

“Also adding standing lamps and table lamps often softens direct overhead light,” the designer told BI.

Expensive rugs are heavy on the pocket if they need replacing.

Fancy rug in a living room.

Fancy rugs need a lot of upkeep and maintenance to keep them looking clean.

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People can stop buying expensive rugs this year, Engelke says — especially when you have kids and pets in your home.

The designer suggested opting for an easy-to-clean, synthetic rug.

“Not only are synthetic rugs affordable, but they are also easy to maintain and won’t be heavy on your pocket if you need to replace them due to major damage,” she added.

This story was originally published on November 14, 2023, and most recently updated on January 10, 2024. 

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