Dare to be bold in home designs


You might think of fashion or the latest TikTok dance when you contemplate what is trending, but do you ever consider the fads in home design?

Now firmly in 2022, experts reflect on the desired features and finishes homebuilders sought last year, while looking forward at what’s to come.

Scaling it back, simplicity was a notable feature in 2021, with Weststyle Lead Architect Mary Ong and Weststyle Interior Designer Courtney Doyle saying muted, natural hues and textures were all the rage.

“The gravitation towards natural hues and textures influenced the materiality choices we made in both the fixed and interchangeable elements of our homes,” they said.

“Natural textures such as concrete, brickwork and rattan were prominent in 2021, helping to strengthen the connection between nature and the built environment.”

According to Giorgi Architect Gavin Hestelow, out of these natural textures, concrete was the favored material.

“Concrete in various forms is continuing to be popular,” he said.

“Used as flooring, it is a clean, durable and minimalist surface that allows other materials, such as timber or stone, to be the focus.

“Off-form walls and ceilings are prominent in our coastal designs, used for their durability, as well as natural beauty, as it ages with time.”

In a shift from modern designs with striking edges, Ms Ong and Ms Doyle said soft lines and curves made a comeback.

“We also saw a trend of re-envisioning past eras, such as mid-century modern and art deco styles, as a reaction to the sharp, clean lines of contemporary design dominant in previous years,” they said.

“Contoured, curved and arched forms reminiscent of those eras made their way into not only built form but also furniture pieces.”

Agreeing with this observation, Mr Hestelow said curves were being used to soften sharp edges and forms through many facets of design, producing some interesting architecture.

“From classic arches to curved walls and penny round tiles, people are often requesting the incorporation of curves in some way,” he said.

Forecasting trends we might see this year, Ms Ong and Ms Doyle said a daring and bold approach to home design would be in vogue.

“With the Pantone Color of the Year 2022 being Very Peri, a deep purple tone with a strong sense of depth, we think we will see clients be more adventurous with the use of vibrant hues in their homes to evoke depth, dimension, impact and playfulness,” they said.

“We are already starting to see this happen within some of our projects, as clients are incorporating vibrant feature colors in interchangeable ways such as feature-painting their front door a neon yellow, or a saturated blue in their powder room.”

For Mr Hestelow, the focus is on the facade.

“A trend I hope will be more popular moving forward is careful consideration to the material selections of house exteriors,” he said. “The standard render finish used on repeat often leaves a home without a soul, displaying little personality.

“Stone, timber, brickwork and other claddings with low-maintenance considerations would be a great direction forward.

“Homes with a material focus are incorporated into a lot of our current works – even as simple as a white painted face brick with a bagged finish gives the appearance of a clean white wall with more integrity and detail the closer you get to it.”


Weststyle, 9345 1565, www.weststyle.com.au

Giorgi, 9444 0206, www.giorgi.co