May 23, 2024
Teal and Blue Living Room Featuring Renew Blue Paint by Valspar-- Photo courtesy of Valspar

Top 15 Color Trends 2024

Are you wondering about the trendiest colors for interior decorating in 2024? If so, I invite you to check out this report covering 2024 color trends. Here you’ll find a number of significant observations regarding the latest trendy interior color palettes in 2024.

Pictured Above: Teal and Blue Living Room Featuring “Renew Blue” Paint by Valspar. “Renew Blue” is Valspar’s 2024 Color of the Year.

1. Black and White Combinations Are Important Color Trends 2024

This predominantly black and white kitchen has just the right amount of black. Photo Courtesy of John Coley, AKA LakeMartinVoice on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/people/lakemartinvoice/
This predominantly black and white kitchen has just the right amount of black — enough to make an impact but not too much. Photo Courtesy of John Coley, AKA LakeMartinVoice on Flickr.

Black and white interiors have been trending up since at least 2016. By all appearances, this color duo is still going strong so far in 2024. Variations of this combination are also trendy; think black + cream; black + white + gray; black + white + teal; black + white + red; or simply use a formula of black + white + your favorite bright color.

One important caveat: I’d urge caution with overdoing the black. Please use restraint when you incorporate black surfaces into your decor. A too-black interior will demand more lighting than you were probably anticipating, and that can get ridiculously expensive.

2. White + Colors

Apricot and Off-White Living Room -- This Color Palette Is On-Trend for 2024
Apricot and Off-White Living Room — This Color Palette Is On-Trend for 2024. Photo Courtesy of Baibhav Kumar at Unsplash.

Rich, vibrant colors are plentiful on 2024’s color trend forecast, but with most of them, you won’t really want to overdo it. Colors like chartreuse, coral pink, apricot and yellow are a few of the top colors right now — but you probably don’t want to buy a couch in any of those colors, or paint your kitchen cabinets in them. White gives you a viable option for a color you can use as a backdrop if you want to decorate with brighter colors like aqua, teal, coral, terra cotta, and salmon.

3. Rich, Warm Browns and Wood Tones

Contemporary Living Room With Fireplace and Leather Sectional Sofa -- Photo Courtesy of Bill Wilson, OKCHomeseller on Flickr
Contemporary Living Room With Fireplace and Leather Sectional Sofa — Photo Courtesy of Bill Wilson, OKCHomeseller on Flickr

In the recent past, red oak and white oak have been the top-selling hardwoods for flooring in the United States, and they will continue to be on-trend for 2024. These woods can be stained and finished in ways that affect their color nuances, but after finishing, your typical oak floor ends up looking rich, warm, and brown. Other warm-toned woods like hickory have also been popular in the recent past, and are likely to remain so as 2024 progresses.

Since your flooring color dominates the room and affects the entire mood of the space, it makes sense to think that the other colors present in the room should harmonize with it. Think rich, brown velvet, cognac brown leather, cowhide, and suede surfaces in couches and chairs and warm brown accent colors in patterned area rugs or decorative pillows.

4. Warm Golden Beige

The folks at Glidden Paint have announced that “Limitless,” a warm golden beige, is their 2024 color of the year.

5. Aqua

Kitchen Painted Using Renew Blue (8003-37D), Which Is Valspar's Selection for 2024 Color of the Year. The folks at Valspar describe this color as being a balanced blue with a touch of grayed sea-green.
Kitchen Painted Using Renew Blue (8003-37D), Which Is Valspar’s Selection for 2024 Color of the Year. The folks at Valspar describe this color as being “a balanced blue with a touch of grayed sea-green.”

6. Teal

Minwax chose “Bay Blue,” a deep, rich teal color, as their 2024 Color of the Year.

7. Moss Green

Home Office Painted in Sherwin Williams' Oakmoss Green Color (HGSW6180) – The Folks at Sherwin Williams Describe This as Being a Deep moss green with cool undertones
Home Office Painted in Sherwin Williams’ Oakmoss Green Color (HGSW6180) – The Folks at Sherwin Williams Describe This as Being “a deep moss green with cool undertones.”

8. Olive Green

Dutch Boy® Paints' 2024 One-Coat Color of the Year: Ironside, a deep olive green color that has mysterious, dark undertones.
Dutch Boy® Paints’ 2024 One-Coat Color of the Year: Ironside, a deep olive green color that has mysterious, dark undertones.

9. Blue

Room With Walls Painted in Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year, Upward SW 6239
Cozy Bedroom With Walls Painted in Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year, Upward SW 6239

Multiple paint manufacturers have chosen blues as their “2024 Color of the Year.” Sherwin Williams has selected “Upward,” a pale, restful blue; Krylon is promoting a brighter, vivid turquoise blue shade known as “Bluebird”; and Benjamin Moore has selected a classic medium blue shade called “Blue Nova.”

10. Terra Cotta, Coral and Salmon

Colors from Sherwin Williams' Renewed Comfort Color Collection; their HGTV Home 2024 Color of the Year, Persimmon, Is Pictured at Right in the Foreground. Photo Courtesy of Sherwin Williams.
Colors from Sherwin Williams’ Renewed Comfort Color Collection; their 2024 HGTV Home Color of the Year, Persimmon, Is Pictured at Right in the Foreground. Photo Courtesy of Sherwin Williams.

11. Peach

Pantone's 2024 Color of the Year Peach Fuzz
Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz

Pantone is a company that provides standardized color swatches for manufacturing purposes. I worked in the textile industry for about a decade, and most of my employers and clients used Pantone’s system for creating each season’s color palettes. They also used Pantone’s color swatches and / or chips for specifying their color standards so that everyone involved in every step of the manufacturing process had the same set of exactly-matching color standards to work with.


Because a lot of the world’s major companies use Pantone products in this way, the folks at Pantone have become known as color experts. They have their fingers right on the pulse of the color standards that all the world’s trendsetting manufacturers are ordering and working with, which means that they are better positioned than many others to observe and report on what the current color trends are. So, their selection for color of the year is a big deal. Their choice is typically influenced by a convergence of ALL the world’s color trends — cosmetics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, home accessories, furniture, rugs, automotive, etc.


In 2024, the folks at Pantone selected “Peach Fuzz” as their color of the year. This is a beautiful color with vast potential in the home and outside of it. Although I see it as being more useful for fashion and cosmetics than for interior decorating, I think it would make a lovely accent color to use for decorating certain areas in homes — perhaps craft rooms, bedrooms and / or babies’ nurseries.

12. Gray? Yes, if You Make It a Dark Gray That’s Nearly Black

Gray Is Now a Mature Color Trend, and It Comes With Major Caveats in 2024! If You Decorate With Gray in 2024, Use the New Grays as a Means to Refresh the Older Grays. Think “Cracked Pepper” This Time Around.

Kitchen Trends 2024: Behr's Paint Color of the Year Is Called Cracked Pepper. It's a Dark Gray Color That's Not Quite Black. Photo Courtesy of Behr.com.
Kitchen Trends 2024: Behr’s Paint Color of the Year Is Called Cracked Pepper. It’s a Dark Gray Color That’s Not Quite Black. Photo Courtesy of Behr.com.

Gray has been one of the top trendy neutral colors for more than a decade. This is now a firmly entrenched trend, and if it follows the trajectory of other trends, it is now at the end of its trend cycle. For years now, the trendiest of the trendsetters have been warning us that gray is dying, gray is dead, and gray is on its way out.

However, the buying public didn’t necessarily get this memo. A lot of people are still buying new gray décor. In fact, the folks at Behr just selected a dark, charcoal-gray paint called “Cracked Pepper” as their 2024 color of the year.

If you’re starting with a clean slate, and you do not already have gray installed anywhere, I would advise you to pick a different color to use as the basis for your interior color palette in 2024.

If you do decide to decorate with gray in 2024, I’d advise you to use it in ways that are relatively easy to change. For example, gray accent colors in your paint color scheme would be fine since they could easily be painted over.

And if you just bought an older home that needs updating, and it was already decorated using last decade’s gray color palette, you are exactly the homeowner who might be interested in taking a close look at the “Cracked Pepper”color and others of its ilk. I make this recommendation because “Cracked Pepper” gives you an interesting and viable option for transitioning an existing gray color palette out of 2014 and into 2024.

At this point, many people are heavily invested in gray. If you’re reading this because you recently bought a new-to-you home that’s in need of renovations, and you’re wondering what you should do to it to make it look current for 2024, the chances are better than average that your home already has gray everything – shades of gray in the countertops, gray in the tile, perhaps gray carpet in the bedrooms, and gray paint on the walls.

Maybe you’re wondering: Should I ditch all this gray? Or will gray continue to be trendy?

If you’re inheriting someone else’s gray décor because that’s how your recently-purchased home is decorated, I definitely wouldn’t advise you to rip everything out and start fresh, unless you really and truly hate the gray color.

If you hate it, by all means, get rid of it. But if you love the gray, I say keep it. And if you’re ambivalent about the gray, my suggestion would be to keep all the surfaces that don’t absolutely need redoing, and then decorate around those. If they happen to be gray, so be it.

I do not know what the global economy is going to do next. But, looking at the current situation, I do not think it’s realistic to expect that the economy, and especially that the US economy, will grow and flourish. So my advice to other homeowners would be to use your resources as prudently as possible. Do what you can to make your home liveable and comfortable for the next decade. Stick to improving the things that are essential to improve. Try not to worry so much about the nonessentials.

13. Greige Is a More Future-Proof Choice Than Gray in 2024

Greige is a neutral color that’s somewhere between beige and gray. Since many of the top trendsetters feel that gray is now starting to look dated, greige is the fresher choice for 2024 interiors.

14. Scorched Timber

Scorched Timber Distress Ink Pads and Coordinating Mixed Media Art Supplies by Tim Holtz for Ranger Industries
Scorched Timber Distress Ink Pads and Coordinating Mixed Media Art Supplies by Tim Holtz for Ranger Industries

Mixed media artist and product designer, Tim Holtz, recently released a new color of his popular Distress Ink product line called “Scorched Timber”. This is a grayish-brown color that fits in well with last decade’s gray trend. However, it appears to be catching on with the crafting crowd, perhaps because it is a warm gray that also plays nicely with the warmer beiges and browns that are now trending up. At any rate, legions of Tim Holtz fans are now buying Scorched Timber and making art with it. I predict that Scorched Timber artwork will shortly be adorning walls, scrapbooks, art journals, and handmade greeting cards all across the world. Perhaps all those pundits proclaiming that “gray is dead” (myself included) will have to acknowledge that the gray trend can’t really and truly be 100% over as long as Tim Holtz and his team are selling massive quantities of Scorched Timber ink pads, paints and watercolor pencils.

15. Taupe

Taupe is a trendy neutral that falls somewhere in between gray and brown. Like “Cracked Pepper,” this is a useful color for decorating with if you are stuck with some outdated gray surfaces in your home. Many shades of taupe complement grays, but introducing taupe into your gray-dominated color scheme can help to warm it up and update its look.

These are the most prominent 2024 color trends I’ve observed so far this year. If you’re hoping to find further insights on how to incorporate these colors into your home, I invite you to check out my other 2024 interior design trend reports. These detailed reports include bunches of photos plus additional insights about how homeowners are incorporating the color trends and other prominent design trends into each room of their homes in 2024.

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This page was last updated on 2-19-2024.

Posted By: Amy Solovay