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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 ....

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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


Se­lect a colour pal­ette of white, grey and char­coals.

much more smart home tech­nol­ogy in their de­signs.”

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.

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