2024 Remodeling Trends

For homeowners looking for remodeling ideas, here are our top 2024 trends to keep in mind as your explore the possibilities during home improvement month!


Published on 02 May 2024

Sure, there are probably a handful of New Yorkers sitting around a table of wine and cheese, lots of wine, picking the “color of the year”, but for the most part how we live our daily lives dictates what we as homeowners want to see and need functionally to make our lives at home work better.  


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2024 Remodeling Trends ListOur top 10 trends to consider


1. Open Concept Layouts: Open floor plans continue to be in demand, as homeowners deal with the need for more space, or a sense spaciousness, within the existing footprint of their home. This is most often done by demoing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, allowing for better traffic flow and sight lines.  

Open-concept kitchen. Click on image to visit this project page with homeowner video interview.


Murphy Bros. Design/Build Consultant Elly Johnson describes why open- concept kitchens are a significant trend in 2024.

2. Smart Home Integration: With the rise of smart technology, homeowners continue to add smart features to their remodels, such as smart thermostats, smart refrigerators, lighting systems, and security cameras. However, concerns over privacy issues have dampened enthusiasm a bit for AI servants like Google Nest.

3. Energy Efficiency: Sustainability is continuing to be of interest for homeowners looking to squeeze every dollar out of running their homes—especially in light of soaring energy costs. Energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and highly durable materials like bamboo and LVT flooring are good examples.

4. Multifunctional Spaces: Since the Covid lock-downs, homes have become more multipurpose by necessity. Homeowners are looking for ways to maximize functionality. Spaces that can serve multiple purposes, such as home offices that double as guest rooms or workout spaces, are increasingly popular.  The number of multi-room remodels Murphy Bros. has worked on has more than doubled in the past few years.

Basement remodel includes workout space, coffee bar and bathroom. Click on image to visit this project page.

5. Natural Materials: There's a growing preference for natural materials like wood, stone, glass and brick, which add warmth and texture to a space. Reclaimed wood and salvaged materials are particularly sought after for their unique character as accent walls or fireplace mantels. This is the outgrowth of the biophilic design movement that has been underway for several decades, which seeks to reflect the natural world in design.

Natural materials mimic the outdoors perfectly in this hybrid porch addition featuring glazed tiles and hand-distressed wood beams.  See homeowner video. Click on image to visit this project page.

6. Statement Lighting: Lighting is increasingly seen as a design feature rather than just a functional necessity. Statement light fixtures, such as oversized pendants or chandeliers, can serve as focal points and add personality to a room. It’s not just for grand entrances either. More and more living rooms are seeing this attention to lighting as a main attraction.

Kichler Armstrong 10 Light 47" Wide Sputnik Chandelier in black & gold #43119BK, kitchen island pendants: Bellevue Single light 1811 wide pendant. Click on image to visit this project page.

7. Spa-Like Bathrooms: As more and more homeowners decide to stay put and remodel existing spaces, they are looking to their bathrooms as a source of rejuvenation and relaxation. And they are investing more in creating luxurious bathrooms reminiscent of spa retreats or hotels. Features like oversized showers with rainfall showerheads, freestanding soaking tubs, and heated floors are increasingly popular.

Vanity— Countertops—Calacatta Laza quartz ; Aberdeen (Willow Bath) free-standing vanity in Dark Forest Green. We added trim to the sides and bottom to make it look built-in and painted it to match the linen cabinet. Shower— Back Wall — Annie Selke Artisanal Cream; Side Walls— Sterlina White.  Wallpaper—Eucalyptus (Sherwin Williams). Click on image to visit this project page.

8. Wallpaper: In the ever-evolving landscape of interior design, trends often circle back, and wallpaper is no exception. Once relegated to the realm of outdated decor, wallpaper is experiencing a resurgence as a favored choice in remodeling projects. Its revival can be attributed to a convergence of factors, including advancements in printing technology, a renewed appreciation for maximalist aesthetics, and a desire for personalized spaces that evoke warmth and character.


9. Neutral Color Palettes: While pops of color are always in style, neutral color schemes remain timeless and versatile. Whites, grays, and earth tones are popular choices for walls, cabinetry, and flooring.


10. Multi-toned Kitchens: While neutral tones are still very trendy, the all white or grey kitchen is being challenged by use of multiple tones, some subtle, some bold when it comes to giving a kitchen a distinct aesthetic.

Kitchen island paint SW6244 Naval, Walls - SW Agreeable gray - Eggshell finish. Click on image to visit this project page.

Our designers would always advise homeowners to consider timelessness in their selections for maximum longevity. However, sometimes you just love something that is uniquely yours—a color, a texture—whatever floats your boat. And we get that too.