5 Jul 2016

Trends in home design in Brisbane

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It’s been a while since I shared my thoughts on trends in home design that are currently in vogue and those that we can see are coming based on overseas markets that we tend to follow.  So I thought now might be the ideal time to share with you the home design trends that we are currently seeing.

Trends in home design – A home office

Did you know that it’s predicted that by the year 2020 as much as 40% of the US population will be self-employed? It’s what’s become known as the ‘Gig Economy’ (gig meaning ‘gig’ as in job, not ‘gig’ as in musical concert) and it’s already starting to impact here in Australia.

More and more people are doing at least some work from home and that’s only going to increase as businesses start to switch on to the fact that they can lower their overheads by leasing less office space and have their staff work remotely. Advances in technology mean they can still keep an eye on their team without needing to physically be in the same place.

With the gig economy comes a greater focus on home offices. If you’re going to be working from home you need comfort, space, privacy, quiet and access to technology. So if you’re building a new home or renovating, make sure you think long and hard about your work from home capabilities.

A kitchen fit for a chef

We all have busy lifestyles and still like eating out.  However, thanks to the numerous cooking shows that are gracing our television screens we are seeing a greater focus on kitchen spaces. Now kitchens have always been important, but they are becoming more so now as the family and even guests start to spend more time in the kitchen.

Kitchens accommodate large refrigerators and freezers, lots of bench space and numerous appliances. However, it would be wrong to think that the trend will be for more appliances in the future. Products like the Thermomix and other multi-purpose products now mean that single appliances can do the work of many.

In terms of kitchens and bathrooms for that matter, timber bench and vanity tops have come back into vogue. Stainless steel appliances are still popular however recent trends are seeing a growth in popularity of black stainless appliances.

Home entertainment

A lot of entertainment is now happening inside the home. Not everyone has a home theatre.  However, by providing large screens and speakers you can obtain an almost cinema-like experience without leaving your house.

Smart televisions mean you don’t need to miss any programs whilst allowing you to surf the internet from the comfort of your couch. Social media – which would be better termed ‘unsocial’ media – has resulted in people spending more time looking at their devices than they do looking at each other. All these devices need charging so a big change in home layouts are making sure there are enough charging points, particularly near where people sit and generally hang out.

But all this technology can result in a bit of electronic overload. So much so that a growing trend in overseas home designs are tech-free spaces. These are spaces that are specifically designed for people to hang out and read a book or just relax and chat. Away from power points and electronic devices, they are areas where humans get to recharge their own batteries and give their brains time to wind down.

The throne room

And on the subject of ‘down time,’ it seems appropriate that we end this article on trends in home design in the bathroom.  This is where high tech toilets are growing in popularity. These toilets can include built-in bidets with female and male wash settings.  They can also include drying with temperature adjustments, automatic flushing, and LED night lights.  Finally, it is even possible to obtain built-in deodorisers and for the germaphobes automatic opening and closing heated seats!

If you’re the type of person who already spends too long in the bathroom, these are probably not for you. Want to find out more? Contact us today to discuss home design trends that would work for your lifestyle.

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