2024 Home Trends Report: 6 Must-Haves for Today’s Homebuyers

Mandy Welgos Aspen Real Estate
Photography by Legendary Productions/Leif Smith. Listing represented by Mandy Welgos.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new abode or considering selling soon, we checked in with three Scouted real estate experts in the luxury market to discover 2024’s most important home trends. To find a Scouted realtor in your area, search The Scout Guide Directory.

1.

Wallpaper everywhere

Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Maverick Residential, listing representative: Marc Ching. Photography by Costa Christ. Listing courtesy of Ashley Beane Hooper.

The resurgence of wallpaper as an integral part of interior decor is a trend not likely to fade anytime soon. Whether you opt to go bold and bright in a powder room, or take it to the next level and wallpaper a main thoroughfare in your home, Ashley Beane Hooper, senior vice president of Allie Beth Allman & Associates in Dallas, Texas, confirms that buyers are loving how wallpaper brings a space to life.


2.

Outdoor space

Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Maverick Residential, listing representative: Marc Ching. Photography by Costa Christ. Listing courtesy of Ashley Beane Hooper.

“There’s a growing interest in homes with private outdoor space,” Mandy Welgos, realtor at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty in Aspen, Colorado, says. Perhaps a relic of a pandemic-era necessity, the desire to relax in nature or indulge in recreational pursuits such as gardening, is an important 2024 home trend. Hooper agrees, noting luxe backyards with pools, outdoor kitchens, putting greens, and pickleball courts always move the needle.


3.

A lived-in aesthetic

Liz Simpson Main Line and Greater Philadelphia Realtor
Photography by Shawn May. Listing represented by Liz Simpson, Compass RE.

Nothing draws a buyer in more than a house that already feels like a home. “Excessively open floor plans, sparse decor, or spaces that look overly staged can be hard to connect with,” Liz Simpson, a realtor for Compass Real Estate in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, explains. Buyers today are seeking homes that have the Nancy Meyer aesthetic. (Think It’s Complicated, The Holiday, and Something’s Got to Give.) This more traditional, lived-in look immediately imparts that ‘at home’ feeling.


4.

Luxe cabinetry

Allie Beth Allman & Associates
Maverick Residential, listing representative: Marc Ching. Photography by Costa Christ. Listing courtesy of Ashley Beane Hooper.

Standard big-box store white cabinetry isn’t going to cut it here. Whether in kitchens or bathrooms, Hooper explains that one of the biggest 2024 home trends is cabinetry with personality that turns heads. Added points for luxe lacquered cabinetry with bold color. The real showstopper: striking, high-gloss finishes that give rooms a smart, crisp look.


5.

Smart home technology

Mandy Welgos Aspen Real Estate
Photography by Legendary Productions/Leif Smith. Listing represented by Mandy Welgos.

The future is here, and tech-forward, energy-efficient homes are becoming more prevalent. Welgos confirms that clients are increasingly interested in smart home technology that enhances daily convenience, lowers cost of living, and reduces your carbon footprint. Smart thermostats, automated lighting, integrated security systems, and solar paneling are just a few of the many upgrades that are highly sought after right now.


6.

Interiors with warmth

Liz Simpson Main Line and Greater Philadelphia Realtor
Photography by Alcove Media. Listing represented by Liz Simpson, Compass RE.

Once lauded as the ultimate neutral, homeowners and interior experts are moving away from the gray hues that reigned supreme in the early aughts. According to Simpson, the all-gray trend lacks the warmth most buyers desire. Instead, house hunters are gravitating toward warmer palettes, and complementary natural elements like wood, stone. The presence of potted plants and florals throughout a space continues to be a big 2024 home trend.

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Ashley Beane Hooper of Allie Beth Allman & Associates appears in The Scout Guide Dallas. Mandy Welgos of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty appears in The Scout Guide Aspen. Liz Simpson of Compass Real Estate appears in The Scout Guide Main Line & Philadelphia.