4 Bedroom Styles on the Way Out in 2024, According to Designers

published Mar 26, 2024
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As a sanctuary for resting and recharging every day, the bedroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in any home. That’s why it’s crucial to create a space that’s not only comfortable, but also feels personalized to your design preferences and aesthetic. 

While bedroom trends can be fun to keep up with, picking out furniture for your home is ultimately a deeply personal decision. It all comes down to decorating with the pieces you love. That being said, if you’re looking for a little inspiration this year, I spoke to several interior designers on the bedroom furniture and decor styles they’re ready to part ways with in 2024. Check out their takes below, plus what they suggest swapping these with instead.

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Matching Bedroom Sets

Designers agree that matching bedroom sets can give your space a sterile, showroom-like feel that does a huge disservice to your taste. Instead, ditch the cookie-cutter look with various pieces collected over time.

“What we’ll see a lot of in bedroom furniture design in 2024 is mismatched furniture pieces,” says Katelyn De Spain, owner and principal designer of Makehouse Design Studio in San Diego. “You can add character and interest to your bedroom by using two different nightstands that complement each other. Bonus points if you bring in a vintage piece.”

Consider this good news for your wallet, too, as there’s no need to buy all your bedroom furniture at once. Start with staples like a bed frame and dresser, then add on as you find styles that speak to you. Don’t be afraid to shop secondhand, as well. Thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, buy-nothing groups, and antique shops are all great resources for unique, one-of-a-kind bedroom furniture — often at a total steal!

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Uncomfortable Mattresses

Are you still using the same mattress you’ve had since your first apartment? This year, it’s time to prioritize your sleep with a comfortable new style. 

“In 2024, poor sleep is on its way out,” says Los Angeles-based designer Emily LaMarque. “Now more than ever, people can track and invest in their sleep hygiene. One key component to sleeping better is to invest in a quality mattress that will support your body for years to come.”

LaMarque specifically suggests Avocado, which offers a variety of sustainable, certified organic mattresses. “Their mattress options include styles with or without inner springs so you can get the right fit and feel for your body,” she adds.

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White Oak Furniture

According to Ayten Nadeau, founder and principal designer of I-TEN DESIGNS in North Carolina, white oak furniture is slowly getting phased out by warmer, darker alternatives. 

“White oak bedroom furniture, once a safe choice for contemporary and transitional design, is now being replaced by the sumptuous allure of burl wood,” she says. “Burl is a great choice for those seeking a warm yet timeless aesthetic in their living spaces.”

This burl wood resurgence comes alongside similar trends towards medium- to dark-toned wood furniture (previously reported in Apartment Therapy’s designer trend predictions for 2024), particularly as more people continue to embrace vintage and antique pieces in their homes. 

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Excessive Decorative Pillows

This year, designers agree that bedroom styling is all about simplicity, rather than digging to find your mattress under a heap of decorative pillows every night. 

“The days of covering half the bed with four different-sized sets of pillows are over,” says Dallas, Texas-based designer Gaia Guidi Filippi of Gaia G Interiors. “We are leaving that look to fussy department store displays.” 

Instead, focus on creating a pared-back, functional bedspread. Opt for pillowcases that match your sheets, duvets, and comforters in coordinating colors and/or patterns, and add a sham or coverlet if you want to dress things up a bit. Then, Filippi says to finish off the look with a single long lumbar pillow. Simple and elegant!