Top home experts, architects and interior designers reveal what will shape the homes of a new decade.
The 1920s saw the introduction of two influences on Australian home style driven by post-war exuberance and a desire for modern luxury. Californian Bungalow design captured American glamour through glazing and spacious verandas, while the emergence of the European Art Deco movement brought simple, clean shapes and an easy aesthetic that would come to define the next decade.
Almost 100 years later, the home design of the new 20s may not be as roaring, but rather defined by energy efficiency, new building technologies and evolving design trends, according to experts from across the industry.
A New Construction
“The biggest trend going forward will be building complete sections of houses in factories and then taking them to site and connecting them together,” says James Hardie Ambassador and Architect, Joe Snell of a trend that will likely see a move away from masonry so that factories can build complete sections of homes that can be easily transported.
A Window Into Energy Efficiency
“Energy efficiency will continue to dictate building design in the 2020s. Research shows that up to 40 per cent of heat escapes from homes via windows, while double glazing can decrease heat loss by almost 30 per cent,” says Christine Evans, Marketing Director, Stegbar.
“Building regulations will continue to push green building, new technologies in glazing and improved product engineering and design. This will facilitate better energy efficiency within the home and reduce the reliance on artificial climate controls,” she adds.
A Hamptons Home Of Our Own
“The Hamptons style will evolve from its traditional classic blue and white into an Australian look that imitates its unique landscapes, with the additions of muted greens and mustards,” says Principle at Indah Island and James Hardie Ambassador, Natalee Bowen. “We’re more informal than the ‘high-society’ Americans that created the look and that will come through more in the next decade. Linea Weatherboard will remain a staple due to its ability to cope with our climate, while elements of other design styles will be added to create different takes, from Hamptons-Scandi to Hamptons-country, this will keep the look evolving into the 2030s.”
Warmer Tones And Comeback Colours
“The mid-century vibe will continue to make a comeback in a big way,” says Christal Fyentzou, Interiors and Design Consultant and Founder of Brisbane Renovation company, Zou Build. “We will see the return of neutrals and warmer, earthy hues in home designs, such as mustard, terracotta, and rusty, muddy colours that will work nicely to create sanctuary spaces.”
Nostalgia has always been an influential force on trends, especially when it comes to the way we style our homes. 2020 Houses will see antique and contemporary pieces sit perfectly together, and achieve quirky, unique spaces that reflect their owners.
Time To Change
“The construction industry is set to go back into growth within the next 12-18 months, making 2020 the perfect time to re-evaluate how we build,” says James Hardie Product Manager, Christian Hansen. “The market we had has created a fear of missing out as homes were snapped up. The decline gives home owners more time to build a vision and a brief for their property. At the same time, hungry builders are now more likely to respond to unique design requirements.
“In terms of looks, we’re seeing a rise in simplicity and reduced consumption, which is driving a trend for better designed houses. Clean lines and contemporary housing styles, such as Mid-Century Modern and Minimalist aesthetics will continue to rise in popularity as home owners try to escape the clutter and business of modern-day life. This translates into more open and livable homes, with a focus on comfort and style,” he concludes.
Live Smarter With Home Automation
Home automation is continuing to rapidly increase in popularity, with the smart home market worth approximately AUD $1.924 million this year, and household penetration expected to hit 41.9 per cent by 2023. The adoption of smart home technology, such as Luxaflex® Powerview® Motorisation, for your window furnishings, welcomes elegance, convenience and safety to both your property and lifestyle.
“Personalisation has moved beyond merely heating and lighting,” says Vera Meharg, Marketing Communications Manager, Luxaflex® Window Fashions. “Homeowners can take complete control in the management of shading, temperature control, energy efficiency and privacy in their home, all of which can actively reduce energy consumption and amp up security.”
Saving Water Without Sacrificing Your Shower Experience
“The ability to be water-wise in our homes is crucial to a sustainable future,” says Nick Swan, Methven Brand Manager. “One of the easiest ways to be water efficient in your home is to have taps and showerheads that reduce water consumption, and this can start with checking they have a good rating within the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.
“Consumers need not choose between an efficient shower and a shower that feels good, which is why we have seen a rising interest in consumers requesting more efficient showerheads since the introduction of the fourth star to the WELS rating system. The WELS registry shows that Methven tops the rankings and continues to lead the market by providing the largest array of four-star rated products in market, which is a particular passion for Methven, to deliver amazing water experiences which don’t’ cost the earth.”
Making The Most Out Of Small Spaces
The size of an average house built in 2018/19 is 228.8 square metres, which is a 1.3 per cent decrease from last year. Often, this steady decrease in property sizes translates into backyard and entertaining areas that are smaller. Luckily, whatever sized space you have to work with, from vertical gardens to built-in furniture and water features, there are countless ways to create an exceptional outdoor room to entertain, relax and spend time with the family.
“Australians love the outdoors but are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve the right balance between indoor-outdoor living, especially when you have less space to play with,” explained Jason Hodges, DIY Landscaper and Adbri Masonry Ambassador.
“No matter what size your outside space, you can create a beautiful backyard oasis for relaxing and entertaining family andfriends. My top tip is to take time in planning and aim to create a functional outdoor sanctuary that makes the most of your space to create the perfect getaway from the everyday.”