The Pearl interior design trend is going to be big in 2024

Neutrals, iridescent finishes and a hint of blush combine in the 'pearl' interior design trend.
Interior design trend 2024 pearlPhotography: Alana Landsberry & Nic Gossage / Styling: Lucy Gough & Corina Koch

As Home Beautiful looks ahead to the interior design trends for 2024, there are four major ones we can see taking over our hearts and homes. One of them is the romantically-named Pearl. The trend embraces calming tones and delicate details with a touch of iridescent luxe.

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Interior design trend 2024: Pearl

There’s a certain comfort to be found in coming home to a serene interior after a long day. Collapsing into luxuriously soft furnishings provides instant relaxation while light and breezy colours give a gentle resting place for the eyes. This is what pearl feels like… a deep, soothing breath, the tide washing over your feet.

Interior Design Trend 2024 Pearl
‘Oceania’ damask non-woven wallpaper in Sand, Milton & King. ‘Painterly Stripes’ wallpaper in Beige and Cream, Olive et Oriel. Sheer curtains in Chloe Mist, Luxaflex. ‘Gyprock Symphony’ cornice painted in Dulux Hog Bristle Quarter, CSR Gyprock. ‘Pesce’ resin napkin ring in White, Freedom. Mini coral, Sourceress. Mother of pearl caviar spoons, Sourceress. Noble grey 5211 mineral surface, Caesarstone. White Attica 5143 mineral surface, Caesarstone. ‘Flowers’ embroidered and beaded placemat, Alfresco Emporium. For similar terrazzo, try ‘Gelati Marshmellow’ terrazzo-look porcelain tiles, Perini. Nickel shell bowl, Alfresco Emporium. Metal coral napkin ring in Silver (in bowl), Alfresco Emporium. ‘Oyster’ salt and pepper cellars, Grit and Grace. ‘Flora’ wallpaper in Blush, Milton & King. ‘Coastal Calm’ oyster necklace, Grit and Grace. (Photography: Alana Landsberry & Nic Gossage / Styling: Lucy Gough)

Pearl is demure, filled with neutrals, iridescent finishes and just a hint of blush. This light and airy palette is then anchored with pared-back vintage pieces and tactile surfaces such as wicker, sea grass and stone, introducing interest, personality and depth. And don’t forget the opalescent accents and smooth shapes, reminiscent of the watery jewels the style is named after.

Interior Design Trend 2024 Pearl
‘Mermaid Shells’ wallpaper, Olive et Oriel. ‘Étienne’ bedhead in Eastbourne Sage fabric from Warwick, Merci Maison. ‘Florence Stripe Wheat’ bolster, and ‘Mini Surf’ cushion in Tan, both Bonnie and Neil. French flax linen sheet in Clay and Creme, both I Love Linen. Natural undyed ruffled linen bed skirt, House of Baltic Linen. ‘Mass’ marble terrazzo side table in Yellow, Freedom. ‘The Home Style Handbook’ book by Lucy Gough, Dymocks. ‘Patience’ lamp, Motivo. ‘Louise’ distressed floral rug in Grey Ivory and Beige, Miss Amara. Sheer curtains in Chloe Mist, Luxaflex. (Photography: Alana Landsberry & Nic Gossage / Styling: Lucy Gough)

Textiles and soft furnishings, like bedlinen, cushions, upholstery and window dressings are an excellent way to incorporate this style in your home.

“Embracing delicate and traditionally feminine colours or patterns is a good way to introduce colour, texture and an element of interest to a room,” says Vera Meharg, group marketing executive at Luxaflex Window Fashions.

“People often shy away from printed curtains but selecting one that has a neutral base with hints or accents is a good starting point to venture into that space. Otherwise, a soft, solid colour such as a delicate pink can work.”

For other fabrics, think about a combination of materials such as linen, silk, cotton and wool, which all reflect light differently.

Interior design trend pearl
‘Painting Concerning the Past and the Future’ artwork by Morgan Stokes, Curatorial + Co. Vintage teak Indian Damchiya cabinet, Watertiger. ‘Basket’ armchairs, Cult. Mid-Century Murano glass leaf sconces, East Wing Studio. Murano glass vase with wavy applications, Found. Aerin ‘Hampton’ small chandelier in Plaster White, Bloomingdales Lighting. (Photography: Alana Landsberry & Nic Gossage / Styling: Lucy Gough & Corina Koch)

“Sea grass squares warm the light space.”

Corina Koch, stylist
Interior Design Trend 2024 Pearl
Seagrass squares (270cm x 30cm), Natural Floorcovering Centres. Vintage 20th Century French wrought iron table, Dusty Luxe. ‘Orb’ tray, Black Blaze. Glass curved vase, Maison et Jardin. ‘Basix’ linen napkin in Petra, Hale Mercantile Co. Juliska ‘Le Panier’ side plate, Peter’s of Kensington. ‘Ivory Naples’ fork, Maison et Jardin. For a similar glass, try 1940s harlequin gold-gilded cocktail glass, Glass et Cetera. ‘Resort’ wicker dining chair (seat pad not included), Naturally Cane. (Photography: Alana Landsberry & Nic Gossage / Styling: Lucy Gough & Corina Koch)

When working with neutrals and softer shades, you need to consider creating more of a lived-in appeal. “You don’t want it to feel too contrived or stark white,” warns Corina Koch, stylist. “It has to be natural, inviting and warm.”

A good way to achieve this is to start small. You could collect a vintage Murano glass vase or mother of pearl cutlery for those opalescent colours then pair these items with a textured piece, such as a rug or soft furnishing. Another alternative could be an antique. “Pearl is light and breezy but it needs to be paired with texture for warmth,” adds Corina.

Interior Design Trend 2024 Pearl
Vintage French kitchen window frame, Dusty Luxe. Arte ‘Botanic’ wallpaper in Linen, The Fabric Editors. Aerin ‘Benit’ sculpted chandelier, Bloomingdales Lighting. La Murrina ‘Tulip’ wall light in Pink, Found. Flowers (throughout), Bess Paddington. All other items, as before. (Photography: Alana Landsberry & Nic Gossage / Styling: Lucy Gough & Corina Koch)

Styling tips

Include texture: When working with light and neutral tones, it’s important to anchor the space with textured details, such as woven rugs and furniture.

Add feminine touches: Small accents of glossy, shiny or iridescent materials can really enhance the feminine feel.

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Shop the Pearl interior design trend

Eboni Chunky Braided Jute and Cotton Rug Miss Amara


Eboni Chunky Braided Jute and Cotton Rug, Miss Amara


For feel-good texture underfoot.

Freedom Mass Side Table


Mass Side Table, Freedom


The kind of side table we’d revolve a room around.


Oriel Lighting Andorra Table Lamp, Myer


Exactly the lamp we need to nail this hyper-feminine look.


Terracotta 100% French Flax Linen Bedding Set, Bed Threads


A bed linen update we’re peachy keen on.


Caviar Collection Mother of Pearl Plate, David Jones


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