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New Horizons in Home Decor: 2024 Furniture Trends

Mar 28, 2024

A comforting view of a clean furniture setup in a living room.

So far this year, the furniture industry has seen a wave of new trends, each reflecting broader shifts in consumer values toward sustainability, comfort and personalized living spaces. But with offering more product options comes the need for making sure you’re empowering your customers with ways to shop based on their preferences. Here’s an in-depth look at the furniture trends for 2024 and how you as retailers can prepare your businesses, stock, marketing strategies and payment method options accordingly.  

Considering How Your Customer Shops 

As we explore the latest furniture trends that retailers like yourselves are eager to embrace, let's first highlight the importance of incorporating inclusive payment options such as lease-to-own to enhance your checkout experience. This is as important as your product offerings. While you're choosing products to stock based on your target audience, it's also worth considering what other factors are key during the consumer shopping experience. Nowadays, a significant portion of shoppers seek to shop without using credit* (1). Which is why looking at offering alternatives to traditional financing becomes a strategy to help your customers have choices not just in what they get but also in how they shop for it. Let’s take a look at the these new trends in furniture and then we’ll get back to how the payment methods you offer are as important as your products

Navigating Furniture Trends 

Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Designs 

In the realm of furniture design for 2024, sustainability and eco-friendly practices are not just trends but essential considerations for consumers seeking durable, environmentally conscious options. The demand for furniture that aligns with these values is driving a significant shift in the industry, with an emphasis on using recycled materials, renewable resources, higher-quality fabrics and nontoxic finishes.  

This shift toward materials such as bio-based components and recycled plastics is not only a nod to sustainability, but it also opens up new avenues for innovative design trends that blend aesthetics with environmental responsibility. Furniture companies that embrace this strategy take a positive step toward a more sustainable future in home decor. 

The Trend of Comfort 

Comfort in furniture design is becoming paramount, reflecting a broader desire for living spaces that offer refuge and relaxation. This trend goes beyond the mere physical comfort provided by plush materials and ergonomic designs; it encompasses a psychological aspect, where the furniture and the arrangement of a space contribute to a calming and restorative atmosphere. Furniture pieces that invite relaxation and leisure, such as oversized sofas, chairs with soft, enveloping forms, and beds that promise a sanctuary-like experience, are at the forefront of this trend.  

Nature-Inspired Materials 

Parallel to the comfort trend is the rising popularity of nature-inspired materials in furniture design. Earthy tones, untreated woods, stones and metals that mimic the textures and colors found in nature are increasingly sought after. These materials not only bring a piece of the outdoors inside — enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a space — but also promote a sense of well being and connectivity to the earth. Additionally, the use of plants and floral motifs in furniture, whether in the form of patterns on fabrics or the incorporation of live plants into the design, adds a layer of vibrancy and life to interiors. 

Aesthetic Shifts 

Color Trends 

The importance of color in defining the mood and style of a space continues to evolve, with Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Year leading the charge with warmer, richer colors. This trend indicates a shift away from the stark, minimalist palettes of previous years toward hues that evoke comfort, warmth, and a connection to nature. Colors such as deep blues, earthy greens and rich terra cottas are becoming increasingly popular, offering a bold yet soothing presence that complements a wide range of interior styles. These color trends are not just about aesthetic appeal; they also reflect a desire for spaces that feel personalized and enveloping. 

Material Mix 

The trend of mixing materials in furniture design is creating more dynamic and textured looks that challenge traditional conventions. By combining metal with wood, glass with stone, or incorporating unconventional materials (like cork or recycled plastics), designers are adding depth and interest to furniture pieces. This approach not only enhances the visual appeal of the furniture but also contributes to more sustainable practices by utilizing a broader range of materials. The mix of materials can also add functionality; for example, the durability of metal or stone complements the warmth and natural beauty of wood when combined. 


Metallics continue to play a crucial role in furniture design, adding a touch of glamor and sophistication to pieces.  Metals such as brass, copper, and bronze are being incorporated not just in fixtures and accents but also as fundamental components of furniture pieces, adding warmth and a modern edge to both traditional and contemporary designs. However, the use of metallics is evolving, with a move toward more subdued, brushed finishes that offer a hint of shine without overwhelming the space. 

Pattern Play 

Patterns are experiencing a resurgence in furniture design, with floral patterns, toile and chinoiserie making bold statements in both overt and subtle applications. The use of patterns is becoming more adventurous, with designers mixing and matching different scales and styles to create unique, eye-catching pieces. This trend toward pattern play allows for greater personal expression and can infuse spaces with a sense of playfulness and creativity. 

Innovative Storage Solutions: Storage as Decor 

The furniture market is embracing innovative storage solutions that cleverly combine style with utility, particularly in compact and versatile pieces like ottomans and benches that offer hidden compartments. This trend caters to the growing demand for furniture that not only enhances the aesthetic of a living space but also provides practical storage solutions without occupying additional room. Such multifunctional furniture is especially appealing in smaller living spaces where efficiency and style are paramount.   

As retailers, you have a prime opportunity to attract consumers by promoting these space-saving solutions, highlighting how these pieces can declutter a room while serving as stylish decor. Showcasing ottomans that double as coffee tables or extra seating, and benches that provide both a seating option and storage space, can appeal to consumers looking to maximize their living areas with functional yet fashionable furniture. 

Tech Integration in Furniture Retail 

The integration of advanced technologies in furniture retail offers unprecedented levels of interaction and personalization for online shoppers. Here’s a closer look at each technological advancement: 

3D Visualization 

3D visualization technology allows customers to see highly detailed and accurate representations of furniture items in three dimensions. This technology provides a much richer understanding of the product’s aesthetics (including texture, color and scale) than traditional two-dimensional images. It enables shoppers to rotate and examine products virtually, offering a comprehensive view that helps in making informed decisions. 

Virtual Showrooms 

Virtual showrooms replicate the experience of walking through a physical store but from the comfort of the customer’s home. Through these digital spaces, customers can navigate different rooms outfitted with furniture pieces, getting a sense of how items look in a fully designed space. This immersive experience can help customers visualize products in context, aiding in spatial planning and design choices. 

Augmented Reality (AR) 

AR technology takes personalization a step further by overlaying digital images of furniture items into the customer’s actual living space through a smartphone or tablet camera. This means shoppers can see how a new couch would fit in their living room or how a dining table would look in their dining area in real-time, adjusting placement and size as needed. AR helps in reducing uncertainty around purchases, as customers can see exactly how items will look and fit in their intended space. 

Customization Tools 

Online customization tools leverage these technologies to allow customers to tailor products to their specific tastes before purchasing. Shoppers can change aspects such as fabric, color and finishes and immediately see these changes reflected through 3D visualization or AR. This level of customization ensures the final product is exactly what the customer wants, increasing satisfaction and reducing the likelihood of returns. 

Stay Ahead of Trends: Lease-to-Own 

As the furniture trends of 2024 evolve toward sustainability, multifunctionality and innovative designs, it’s crucial for you as a retailer to consider aligning your offerings with consumer desires. By implementing a lease-to-own solution, you can make your furniture product more accessible to your customers, allowing them to get and enjoy the newest styles in home furnishing while making payments that are conveniently scheduled with their payday. This approach not only meets the immediate needs of consumers but also positions your business as adaptive and customer-focused. Here at Acima Leasing, we want to help your businesses do just that. Visit our website today and see how offering lease-to-own solutions to your customers provides the flexibility they seek in keeping their homes stylish and comfortable. 

Common Questions 

How are furniture designs adapting to smaller living spaces in 2024? 

Designers are focusing on multifunctional and modular furniture that maximizes space without sacrificing style. Items like foldable desks, extendable dining tables and bed frames with built-in storage are becoming increasingly popular, offering practical solutions for compact living environments. 

What role does technology play in furniture trends for 2024? 

Technology is becoming more integrated into furniture design, with smart furniture featuring built-in charging stations, speakers and even health-monitoring capabilities. This convergence of technology and furniture design caters to the modern consumer’s desire for convenience and connectivity within their living spaces. 

Are traditional design elements making a comeback in 2024 furniture trends? 

Yes, there’s a resurgence of traditional and vintage design elements, such as intricate woodwork, classic silhouettes and heritage fabrics. This trend reflects a growing appreciation for craftsmanship and timeless design, offering a sense of nostalgia and durability that contrasts with the fast-paced nature of modern life. 

1. “The Consumer Credit Card Market.” Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, September 2021