As another year comes to an end, we can’t help but start looking ahead. So, what will be the hot trends in home building and renovations for 2016?
Forever evolving homes
The year 2015 was one for renovating and revamping. And according to the Houzz Australia survey, this trend is showing no signs of slowing down! A massive 54% of homeowners planned to start a renovation in 2015 and just under half planned to decorate. It seems we can never get enough of redesigning and refreshing the homes we love.
The good news is you’re not tackling these projects alone – 63% of homeowners choose to work with builders like Dowling Homes to achieve their dream home. And who can blame them? Anyone who has renovated a property, whatever its size, will tell you it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Intense new colours
Neutrals have held the design throne for a while now, but it’s time for these muted shades to move over and make room for some bold new colours. In the Dulux Colour Forecast 2016, Dulux has declared 2016 the year of moody shades, futuristic inspiration and throwbacks to times past. Deep, inky blues and purples are contrasted with vibrant flashes of red, pink and coral with accents of space age metallics. According to Dulux, it’s all about creating a look that suits your personality.
Even more shades of grey
Grey will remain a strong trend in 2016, but it’s taking on a new edge. The cold undertones of pure neutral grey are being layered with warmer, brown-based greys. It’s not only on the walls that we’re seeing layers and layers of grey – cabinetry, wall panels and benchtops in bathrooms, kitchens and open plan living areas are a great way to bring this sophisticated look to life.
The outdoors will be treated as a destination, with a space for entertaining, tranquil sunny spots for reading, and shady areas for hot summer days. Decking will continue to be popular, but will be used in different ways to zone spaces, especially with the introduction of various timber colour and elevation. Outdoor furniture is getting far more exciting than inside – think giant daybeds that are like islands and pebble-knitted loungers. And what could be better than this functional outdoor kitchen using Laminex Alfresco Compact Laminate?
Inspired by nature
When it comes to building materials and finishes, we’re more inspired by nature than ever before. It’s about authenticity, honesty and simplicity. This means designs are moving away from the high gloss look to more natural, low reflective and tactile finishes. We’re embracing the natural imperfections of marble, stone, timber and even metals, letting them tell their own story. Don’t be afraid to mix up the materials – woodgrains will be paired with metallic accents and concrete finishes for a raw, industrial look. And for something a bit softer in living areas, linens and wools will heighten the authentic feel.
Concrete will continue to be embraced in new ways to create modern, urban spaces. Beyond concrete floors, you’ll start seeing it used on a grander scale across benchtops and walls in all areas of the home. Pendant lights, planters and accessories in concrete will achieve the tactile effect on a smaller scale.
It’s a trend that’s been creeping up on us for a while now, and in 2016 bathrooms will embrace the ultimate spa look and feel. Showers and baths will become even bigger. Finishes will become more luxurious and organic. Shower heads will have every function you can dream of. And you’ll even see the introduction of benches and seats, as somewhere to sit, listen to music, read and relax.
You think your life is well connected now? Wait until 2016 when our homes will get even smarter. This isn’t just technology for technology’s sake – it’s all about making life easier. You’ll see smart home products infiltrate every part of the home, enhancing safety, security, convenience and ease.
Super efficient kitchens
What’s the one thing homeowners want from their kitchens in 2016? Efficiency. Everything from the layout to the appliances will be designed with super-efficiency in mind. Optimal storage solutions, such as those from Hafele and Blum, are a must-have, as are a butler’s pantry and breakfast bar. Built-in bars, wine storage and coffee machines are getting a big tick, with many also planning to include built-in music systems and televisions.
Tell us, what was your favourite trend for 2015? And what do you want to see more of in 2016?
Whatever the trends, Dowling Homes will build and renovate your home to suit your lifestyle, personality and budget. Find out how here.
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