The top home trends for summer 2024

by Emily Marek

With warm weather heating up much of the United States, many homeowners are craving new summer styles for their living spaces. Design website Houzz analyzed the latest search trends to determine which home styles, decor crazes and color fads are rising in popularity this summer — here are the top results.

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Organic modern

The “organic modern” design style is among the most popular trends this summer, with searches for organic modern bedrooms up 245% in the past year and organic modern dining rooms up 146%. This simplistic style features clean lines, white or neutral-colored surfaces and light wood finishes.

Wellness features

This trend isn’t new for the summer. Houzz first noticed homeowners incorporating wellness features like cold plunges, indoor saunas and home spas into the home in the early post-pandemic era. However, searches for these features have continued to increase, with searches for cold plunges up 74%, indoor saunas up 69%, large windows up 41%, home spas up 34% and backyard saunas up 27%.

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Dark and moody

In stark contrast to organic modern styles, dark and moody design is also on the rise. Searches for moody living rooms — think dark, rich paint colors and wood stains — jumped 130% in the past year, while searches for dark ceilings increased by 60%. These bold design choices are thought to make spaces cozier and more intimate than the whites and grays that dominated interior design trends in past years.

Leisure spaces

Homeowners are looking for ways to take part in leisurely activities at home this summer — and, apparently, that includes listening to music indoors. The most popular design concept in the leisure category is now listening rooms, or spaces well-suited for an optimal music experience, with internet searches rising 107% in the past year. Searches for living room pianos also increased 39%. Music isn’t the only recreation activity homeowners are thinking about, though. Searches for bowling alleys and game rooms also rose 18% and 16%, respectively. Meanwhile, outside, homeowners are interested in adding bocce courts, with searches up 23%.

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Reading rooms

This trend goes hand in hand with the “dark and moody” trend. Influenced by the viral style of “dark academia,” many homeowners are interested in adding reading rooms or book nooks into their living spaces. Internet searches for dark academia rose 219%, while searches for book nooks, library walls and reading corners increased by 69%, 61% and 45%, respectively.

Kid zones

Don’t forget about the kiddos! Homeowners with children are focused on adding interior design elements that cater to their kids’ needs and wants. Sometimes, that’s at the expense of a traditional design aesthetic: the most popular kid-related home design search was for race car beds, which increased by 106%. Homeowners are also searching for teen lounges (up 51%), tween bedrooms (up 48%), gaming bedrooms (up 43%) and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms (up 19%.)

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