With trends like “soft start” morning routines and cozy cardio becoming increasingly popular, I think it’s safe to say we’re all feeling the desire to slow down a little more and hustle a little less. Especially as the year comes to a close and we start spending more time inside, it’s only natural to want to settle into a calmer headspace, and that often starts with our homes. Enter: the blue home decor trend that’s poised to be huge in 2024.
Paint companies including Dunn-Edwards and Sherwin-Williams have selected soft, steely blues as their picks for the 2024 color of the year. According to the experts at Dunn-Edwards, these cool tones represent a collective desire to “achieve balance and tranquility in the year to come.” Similarly, Sherwin-Williams’ color of choice was intended to reflect that sense of peace found when you “slow down, take a breath, and allow the mind to clear.” All in all, it sounds like the perfect trend to try as we gear up for our annual New Year’s resolution-setting.
Interested in hopping on this tranquil trend? Read on for five ways you can incorporate blue into your home for a more calming, energizing space.
How to Try the Blue Home Decor Trend in Your Home
1. Mix and match patterns and textures
Some say there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. When it comes to color, though, I have to disagree. Repeating the same color throughout your home without any variation will quickly make your home feel too matchy-matchy. The secret to bringing in color without going too monochromatic? Incorporate a variety of textures and patterns in your decor. Instead of adding multiples of the same solid blue pillow to your couch, for example, mix in a patterned pillow that’s accented with blue, or layer on one with a shaggy texture. This will create visual interest and prevent the room from looking too one-note while still maintaining a cohesive look.
2. Use different shades of blue
While Dunn-Edwards and Sherwin-Williams both selected muted shades of blue for their 2024 colors of the year, that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with other blue tones. Mix and match bold hues like deep navy and bright cerulean, or keep it muted with shades of slate blue and denim. Blue comes in so many different shades that you can easily create a whole palette using just this section of the color wheel. Whatever variations bring you the feeling of tranquility, lean into these shades as you refresh your home for 2024.
3. Start with small accessories
If you’re not ready to paint all your walls blue, start by dipping your toes in with subtle changes. You can’t go wrong with small accessories like candles, vases, and throw pillows to quickly and inexpensively try out a new color trend. Especially if your existing decor scheme is fairly neutral, these new pieces will fit in seamlessly.
4. Swap out artwork
One of the easiest ways to keep your home feeling fresh is to swap out your artwork. If you aren’t sure where to start, there are plenty of retailers on Etsy that sell digital prints you can download and print inexpensively yourself. Pro tip: Invest in high-quality frames that’ll make any kind of artwork look good, then find creative ways to save on the art itself.
5. Try out wallpaper
This may sound extreme when it comes to trying out a new home decor trend, but with so many peel-and-stick options on the market, it’s easier than ever to swap out your wallpaper or try it out for the first time. Wallpaper is a fun way to add texture, color, and pattern to an otherwise blank space. If you’re a renter, it’s also a great alternative to painting your walls since the paper will easily peel off when it’s time to move out.