As we move through 2024, we can already see how this year’s shaping up, specifically in terms of the interior design trends we can expect to see shape both our spaces and lives at home.
At Zip Water, we’re proud to work alongside and support interior designers, with over 75 years of industry knowledge and expertise. Throughout our history, we’ve won numerous awards for design excellence and technological innovation, but we’re also delighted to have released a range of accredited Continuing Professional Development Schemes (CPDs).
Our CPDs help interior designers demonstrate their ongoing commitment to learning and professional practice, while our flagship showroom in Clerkenwell enables designers to visit with clients so they can both experience water at its best first-hand.
But enough about us. What's happening out there?
Often considered to be products of our environment, it’s worth taking some time to consider how forecasted trends are changing the spaces we know and love in the next 12 or so months. So, read on to discover our top picks.
Key interior design trends for the home
Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. Since the pandemic, we’ve (hopefully) learned to fall back in love with homes, with many now giving more attention to design, function, and layout – three key pillars to turn a standard house or apartment into a truly exceptional place to live.
One positive we’ve noticed is people seem to have (re)discovered that they can do more with the spaces they already have.
And that’s not just with existing rooms, like the kitchen, which we’ll come to shortly, but also the creation of new spaces like home gyms and offices in the garden, for instance.
The big home office upgrade
The first trend we’re seeing, then, is a further exploration of alternative spaces within – and just outside of – the home. According to Forbes, 65 percent of workers report they want to work remotely all of the time, underscoring the continued popularity of the working model since the pandemic and as we head through 2024. While 32 percent said they preferred a hybrid split between work and home. Both statistics seem to affirm one thing: working from home (WFH) is here to stay.
Your home office is the perfect place for HydroTap
By turning a spare room, annex, or outbuilding into a beautifully designed, inspiring place to work, WFH professionals can enhance the days they don’t have to commute to the office. Add an air-purifying houseplant, some mood lighting, and a standout piece of art, and you can build a fulfilling and productive space to foster big ideas and unlock new levels of creativity.
An active home is a happy home
We’re also expecting to see more home gyms being kitted out. Not only can a home exercise studio save time (commuting to the gym, getting changed, working out, commuting home), money (one-off cost instead of a never-ending direct debit), and help conquer your fitness goals, they can also provide a significant boost to your overall sense of wellness and wellbeing.
We all know about the physical benefits of exercise – allowing us to live longer and healthier lives – but do you know the true extent working out has on our mental wellbeing?
For example, studies have shown that, as a behavioural intervention, exercise has the ability to alleviate symptoms of depression, and results suggest physical activities such as running are just as effective as psychotherapy.
No matter the activity, when you’re working up a sweat, it’s important to stay hydrated. With flexible installation, we offer hydration solutions throughout the home, so you can enjoy our products in any room.
Our team of experts can install an eau-so-cool hydration station in your home gym – or office – with HydroTap, our flagship 5-in-1 drinking water system.
Thanks to it’s All-In-One capabilities, HydroTap keeps you cool after a HIIT workout with a glass of filtered chilled water, helps you unwind with a hot cup of chamomile after pilates or yoga, and adds sparkle to your post-spin class endorphin rush with its pure-tasting sparkling water.
With HydroTap for the home, you’ll always feel your best in a space that’s all yours.
Multi-generational homes – the more the merrier?
Due to the economic and cultural shifts we’ve seen in recent years, another trend that we’re seeing is an increase in multi-generational homes.
This trend will inevitably change how interior designers approach the home. With multiple generations living together under one roof, there’s going to be a greater demand for diverse and varied multi-use communal areas.
As such, the way we interact with our interiors – both as individuals and as families – will change, and designers will need to reconsider how our environments can serve Generation Alpha and Baby Boomers alike, with each having their own needs and preferences.
Communal kitchens: a little more conversation, a little more cooking, please
One space that will inevitably change as we move forward will be the kitchen – the beating heart of any home.
With more generations under one roof, we’re expecting to see more communal kitchens in homes across the country, which will better suit more populated, cross-generation living.
Next year, then, you can expect conservational islands and breakfast bars that cleverly mix style, storage, and function, to become a place that does more while also encouraging more interaction with every meal, no matter whether it’s being eaten or prepared.
The perfect tap colour - have we struck gold?
The National Kitchen & Bath Association also predicts gold will be the colour for kitchen taps and finishes in 2024. Matt black came in as a close second.
Some 630 industry professionals agreed that gold creates a warmer atmosphere, which we’ve certainly noticed with our Brushed Gold HydroTap All-In-One Arc. Warm tones support the more family-focused spaces we’re expecting to see next year, creating a more holistic sense of interior styling.
As with all trends, the best way to design your home and kitchen is to make it feel authentically you. With seven finishes, and many styles to choose from, HydroTap will beautifully complement your space. Get in touch to discuss a bespoke solution; we'd love to hear from you.