Meryl Streep doesn't use her bookshelves for books – and experts say her uber-minimalist aesthetic is ahead of 2024 trends

Designers forecast this simple aesthetic will be a prominent design theme in 2024 – but of course, Streep is ahead of the curve

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2024 may have introduced us to bookshelf wealth, the storage trend that prioritizes personality and maximalism. However, as with most design styles, a rival aesthetic emerges before too long – and in this case, it comes in the shape of Meryl Streep's (bookless) bookshelves.

The Devil Wears Prada actress exhibited her ultra-bare shelving, featuring only the most curated objects (none of which appear to be books). While bookshelf wealth is about filling almost every inch of our space with the titles and objects we love, Streep has opted for the opposite, leaving some shelves completely empty.

While the interest in bookshelf wealth is not expected to waver (and nor do we want it to, if this style works for you), Streep's shelves remind us that minimalism will prevail in 2024 however, the actress is way ahead of the trend. Fans may remember this footage first surfacing in 2020, but four years later, it's never been more relevant.

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'Minimalist and Bright Interiors: Minimalism will be a prominent theme in 2024. Homes will embrace a clutter-free, minimalist aesthetic with a focus on functionality and simplicity,' comments the team at Villeroy & Boch who recently shared their 2024 design trend report.

Experimenting with a minimalist style doesn't mean we need to sacrifice all our favorite possessions, as Streep reminds us. There is still room for some carefully selected pieces, and since they stand alone, they're sure to make even more of a statement.

'Decorative objects will feature in modest designs, carefully selected to discreetly blend into wider décor decisions,' they say. To take this look further, we should complement our shelves with a neutral-painted color scheme (again, much like Streep, who exhibits white-painted walls and contrastable black accents.

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Minimalist shelves similar to those seen in Meryl Streep's home.

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'To create a light and airy atmosphere, interior color palettes will consist of the same colors in various shades. This monochromatic approach will infuse rooms with a sense of serenity, while the clever use of shades will add depth and visual interest,' the Villeroy & Boch team add.

'In the coming year, these trends showcase a desire for homes that balance personality with order and tranquillity. The merging of playful boho and Scandi elements, along with the return to minimalist, bright spaces, underpins the importance of creating living spaces that are both personal and calm, as an answer to the changing needs and preferences of homeowners.'

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.