If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to home trends, it’s that what is happening in the wider world will be reflected in our own backyard (so to speak). It’s no surprise then that energy efficiency, new technologies and an evolution of aesthetics are set to shape home design in 2020 and beyond.
Here, top homes experts, architects and interior designers reveal the home trends to watch in 2020
The home trends to watch in 2020
It’s no surprise that the green, energy efficient home will continue to dominate building design in the 2020s. “Building regulations will continue to push green building, new technologies in glazing and improved product engineering and design,” says Christine Evans, marketing director at Stegbar. “This will facilitate better energy efficiency within the home and reduce the reliance on artificial climate controls.”
Saving our most precious resource
Slotting in alongside energy efficiency, there will be a continued focus on conserving water. “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 shower heads that reduce water consumption, and this can start with checking they have a good rating within the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.” Being water wise doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the luxury of a really great shower though. “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 shower heads ,” says Nick.
Re-inventing the classics
When it comes to the style of our home and the colours we choose within it, there’s still a lot of love for the classics, but with a twist. “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 principal at Indah Island and James Hardie ambassador, Natalee Bowen. “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.”
When it comes to our choice of colour palette, the Mid Century vibe isn’t going anywhere. ““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,” says Christal Fyentzou, interiors and design consultant and founder of Brisbane renovation company, Zou Build.
Streamlining and simplicity
The world of construction will see a lot of change in the 2020s. “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. Not only will this have a huge impact on cost, but also on design and quality control.
James Hardie product manager, Christian Hansen, thinks that this echoes the trend for better designed houses. “In terms of looks, we’re seeing a rise in simplicity and reduced consumption, which is driving a trend for better designed houses.” He adds: “Clean lines and contemporary housing styles, such as Mid Century Modern and Minimalist aesthetics will continue to rise in popularity as homeowners try to escape the clutter and business of modern day life. This translates into more open and liveable homes, with a focus on comfort and style.”
This will also feed into our desire for a ‘smarter’ more automated home. The smart home market is worth approximately $1.924 million this year, and household penetration expected to hit 41.9 percent 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.”
Embracing small spaces
With the average house size on the decrease, making the most of what you’ve got will become an increasing focus, especially when it comes to outdoor space, which is often the first thing to be sacrificed. “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 and friends. 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.”