Hottest home trends
Industry experts say it’s all about detail, smart technology and a shift towards colour as homeowners embrace unique designs and luxurious finishes. Courtney Todd has more ....
ZEN rooms and statement windows are in, while granite benchtops and skillion roofs are out when it comes to home trends in 2018.
Industry experts have predicted homeowners will move more towards colour, detail and smart technology while continuing to love current big trends such as luxury bathrooms, butler’s pantries and relaxed coastal style.
Amanda Harris of Oliveaux Interiors said detail would be big in Queensland homes this year. Think statement windows and doors and amazing joinery and panelling.
“It’s all about the detail and more complex designs,” she said.
“Green is making a very strong comeback and lots of handprinted linen fabrics, colour and textures. Florals are still big.”
The Brisbane-based interior designer said 2018 would see the end of granite and all-white colour schemes in kitchens.
“There is a definite move towards more colour – shades of blue, black and green are stunning and big in both contemporary and classic homes,” she said.
“Stainless steel appliances are moving towards use of different coloured and/or vintage-inspired stoves.
“People are still requesting the butler’s pantry in all our projects for the coming year.”
Ms Harris said many of her clients were moving beyond the Hamptons style.
“They are still embracing some of the details but ... trying to make it all unique,” she said.
“Demand is strong for spa/hotel-like bathrooms and accessories – large and luxurious finishes, marble, handmade tiles, terrazzo and mixed metals.
“This extends into the walk-in robe – they are becoming statement rooms as well. Clients are rating this as important as the kitchen.”
Metricon design director Adrian Popple agreed that luxury bathrooms and butler’s pantries would continue to be in demand this year.
“Freestanding baths, large double-basin vanities and separate water closets are proving to be must-haves,” he said.
“Butler’s pantries will continue to be a
popular trend with secondary cooktop appliances in these spaces.
“The island bench continues to evolve as the central hub of the home and we are seeing kitchen designs that include large islands featuring cabinetry and integrated dining elements.”
Mr Popple said study nooks, zen rooms for meditation, drop zones for school bags and charging hubs were also growing in popularity.
“Dare I say it, but I think the skillion roof is on its way out being replaced by more contemporary coastal themes with both cubic forms and open truss-style gable features,” he said.
“There is also definitely a trend of homeowners looking to build smart home technology into their new homes, particularly if it’s focused around saving money in the long term.”
Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev said while smart technology was popular, it was changing rapidly.
“With the advent of Wi-Fi, hard wired solutions are diminishing,” he said.
“More occupants are seeking to adapt smart home technology to existing homes or implement it in new homes or in their home additions.
“Subsequently, architects are incorporating
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Mr Georgiev said he hoped to see less use of ‘trendy’ colours, such as white, grey and charcoal in 2018.
“Instead, clients should be asking their architect to celebrate life with a little colour, texture and imagination to reflect the individual client’s personality,” he said.