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Say Goodbye to These 5 Colour Trends in 2024

Hey! It’s that time of year when everyone is declaring their naughty and nice list when it comes to trends.

And a lot of them really are as fluffy as Santa lists, honestly.

Well this is what’s on my naughty list this year.

Santa's list

So full disclaimer – if you’ve just completed a project in your home and you want to enjoy it critique free–as you should–you, uh, might wanna skip this one. I love you, so instead, go check out some inspiration for next steps, styling and decorating! Here, here and here.

On my list are several trends that frankly, I’ve never been on board with. And I think finally, we’ll get to see them take a bow!

Because wow! Hot trends get overdone QUICKLY these days!

5 Colour Trends to Ditch in 2024

If you’re tackling a home project in the new year, or just curious what I think is coming off the menu soon, you really should watch this video so you’re not investing in trends that are most certainly already on their way out!

2024 Colour Training

I have big news! I’m launching a new version of my live colour training this spring that’s specially devoted to home projects! It’s everything you need to know to put your new build or renovation vision into words (so you end up with the look you want AND avoid costly mistakes along they way)!

We’ve been doing this virtually for a few years now, and I think it could be even more helpful if you attended with your spouse or partner! That way you are both on the same page when you’re faced with all those choices you’ll need to make.

But don’t worry, you can still attend solo and use your new “charming but bossy” knowledge to tell your contractor or your spouse/partner what needs to happen. 

Anyway, that just means you don’t have to go it alone from your computer anymore – spouses and partners welcome!

Colour harmony = relationship harmony = dream home you’ll love forever! 

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And if you’re a designer or someone who wants to start a design business, my Chicago May live workshop is for you! Register Here. The first 15 who register will get a free VIP ticket with ALL THE EXTRAS.

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  • Cate says:

    Yes x 5. Thank you for your practical, tasteful, economical, timeless, and creative advice, Maria!

  • Julie S says:

    Tricia’s explanation of why this trend is so huge was amazing!!! I for one don’t get the popularity but that finally made sense. I do like a tiny bit of black in a room, but in big doses it feels like a void. (And never on a faucet for goodness sake)

  • Alplily says:

    Excellent advice, as usual. I am not one of your wealthy fans. I am a DIYer trying to make a 20 year old builder grade all beige condo (walls with darker beige trim, ugh, countertops, wall-to-wall, with golden oak cabinets) into something timeless, fresh, and warm. A daunting challenge — I am still trying to decide if I have selected the right white for trim/cabinets. Thank you for your tips.

  • Bette says:

    Spot on! You didn’t mention it among your litany of reasons not to use black, but the #1 thing I learned from you this year was to not have black windows — because they ONLY look good when there’s no window coverings involved. Add blinds or shades or drapes, and the black frames are nothing but a disjointed series of lines.

  • Gigi says:

    Love your blog! Every new home …and some multi million dollar….in my neighborhood is black. Every “update” is black exterior…
    I cringe on their behalf…..luckily no one has asked for my opinion!

    I appreciate your advice and opinion!

  • Melissa Blose says:

    Hi Maria! Your crazy question of the day:

    What is the name of the shop (in Canada) where you said you buy a lot of your clothing. I ask because my daughter is now reading your blog & watching your videos and LOVES your clothing and design. I know I watched a video where you talked about where you like to shop, but can’t find it. Can you help?

    • Maria Killam says:

      Zara! Most of their good stuff is online though and the thing you have to remember is it’s European sizing so size up when you order. Maria

  • Karine, the Kitchen Lady (and Baths, too!) says:

    That post you mentioned from 2016, I remember saying back then that black plumbing and tile in the bathroom was a horrible idea because of water spots!

  • Lorri says:

    I was looking at the most popular baths on Houzz yesterday.

    The majority had black plumbing fixtures that related to NOTHING. As you said, it looks so disruptive to the eye.

    A lot of people copy what they see without questioning it.

  • JoDi says:

    Love your outfit in this video. Those colours really suit you!

  • Sandy Hart says:

    Thank you for this most recent video! Always SO helpful. You mentioned to stay away from using black hardware on cabinets.

    My bathroom door has black hinges and a black door knob. My bathroom fixtures are chrome. What metal should I use for hardware on my vanity?

    I appreciate your help!

    • Maria Killam says:

      Chrome, the end.

      • JB says:

        Thank you….we just had this issue with *almost* black hinged and knobs and polished nickel plumbing fixtures. We chose PN lights and hardware because even though I love mixed metals, I didn’t think YOU would think black would look awesome in an all Carrara marble bathroom!

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  • Cindy says:

    Omg, Yes! Near me, I’m guessing, a developer bought a darling little tudor style house to redo, and painted it in stark white with very black trim and roof, front door and windows and I don’t know what else, but I can’t even stand looking at it. I want to put a note on the door and say you need to fix this. I bet it has that horrible multicolor backsplash tile in the kitchen too. It literally pains me to look at the house and see what they did. It shouldn’t bother me this much but it really does I’m actually pissed off about it every time I see the house.


  • Limo says:

    I am the only one who doesnt like marble or other stones. When its white with grey veins, it belongs to the grey era. Same with black veins. Or the bossy granite from the tuscan era. Even travertine is kind of difficult. I prefer the artficial stones or cheaper plastic countertops. In Germany we use them for decades. You get the exact colour you need and you dont have to fear acid, wine, coffee, ketchup, water or oil. They can restist a lot of heat, they are warmer and softer than stone. Wood is beautiful, but you have to take care of it. I like stainless steel, but it looks like a restaurant kitchen. I never understood, why people spent so much money and now always have to worry. The kitchen is not a place to worry, it should support me.

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