Trends in Home Building

If you’re designing a home or renovating in 2019, here are a summary of what’s trending this year. Melbourne builders and homeowners are embracing the minimalist trend, but not shying away from featured fixtures and fittings to fill the space typically taken up with ‘stuff.’ Whether you’re building a new home or renovating here are some examples of what brings joy to other homeowners.


In the bathroom indoor plants that help purify the air and keeps mould at bay are common sight in today’s bathrooms,  while the rose gold trend of previous years is slowly declining in favour of either shiny or brushed brass finishes,the gold sink and tap trend is also utilised in bathrooms, specialist wooden flooring and cabinets that are able to endure prolonged exposure to humidity and water are also gaining popularity these days.


Kitchen these days are seeing a rise in metallic or patterned sinks in gold or brass these days, . coloured feature stoves are also available for a high-end aesthetic, while an all-white kitchen is still a classic look, it became less desirable by experienced home owners as they’re troublesome to maintain with age. Feature colours might also be used in cabinetry, open shelving or splashbacks to add depth and warmth to a new home. Lighting wise, a paired back design is common in kitchens that have capitalised on colour, but high contrast lighting may be used to emphasise particular features such as the sink or stove.


On the other hand, bedroom trends with energy efficiency that reduces the need for artificial heating or cooling, especially at night, is a growing consideration. Being comfortable as you sleep is serious business, so the hygge trend of previous years is extended to fixtures at the construction stage. The incorporation of energy-efficient glass means larger windows can be used without the need for additional heating or cooling. Similarly, while many people believe bedrooms are a carpeted space, high performance flooring means that vinyls, laminates, wood and engineered wood can be used in these spaces, and not be too cold underfoot in winter and cumbersome to clean. Wide planks are particularly desirable as there are fewer joins or crevices for dirt to gather and they create a good sense of flow and connection to the rest of the house.


Lastly, the living room’s hidden connectivity and technology holds steady as the minimalist trend continues to feature in new residences, no one wants to see cluttered cords and cables. Televisions are also becoming decidedly lower profile with wafer-thin, wall mounted options becoming popular, like Samsung’s The Frame and LG’s launch of a 4K OLED roll-up television that disappears into a black base when not in use.Hands-free voice control units are also gaining traction. Wet rooms are also popular as a means to stash and store outdoor gear, which means that joy is obtained because cleaning and clutter is minimised!