Remodelling Trends

Top 6 Australian Home Remodelling Trends for 2018

The year 2017 was fantastic for home remodelling enthusiasts in Australia. We saw some incredible DIY projects, gorgeous indoor decorations, but most importantly, 2017 was full of amazing home remodelling trends.

But with the New Year come new trends, right?

We are just a month into the New Year and some industry experts have already started to voice their opinions on what we can expect from 2018 home renovation trends. Of course, some things will carry over from the last year, but there is a ton of new stuff as well. So, without further ado, here are top trends that Aussies will be using in their 2018 home remodelling projects.

Handmade items

It seems that 2018 is going to be all about unique and handmade items. No more mass-manufactured lighting fixtures, chairs, tables, and so on. Instead, Sydney homes will be full of handmade furniture, decoration pieces, etc. The goal here is to create a personalised look, to give your home some warmth and uniqueness so that it doesn’t look like it came straight from the manufacturing line. Just FYI, handmade items usually cost more.

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Rich colours

Next, we will probably see more rich colours, such as warm greys, caramel and tobacco browns, earthy reds, and other moody colours. Unlike in the last couple of years where neutral and bland colours dominated Australian homes, 2018 is going to bring a diverse palette of colours in order to create warm and soothing living environments. Of course, rich colours are not restricted to walls. You can buy furniture, paintings, and other items in these colours to achieve this look.

One with nature

This one is a continuation from the past couple of years. In the early 90s and 2000s, people were moving further and further away from nature. However, things are now going in the opposite direction. Many homes in Australia have started to embrace nature surrounding them by relying more on natural light, planting gardens in the backyard, and by using natural materials like wood.

One of the most popular trends is to let the sunlight in. That is why we are seeing more and more homes with big windows and timber bi-fold doors in Sydney and other urban areas. Additionally, reclaimed wood is an excellent material if you want to create a natural look in your home.

Creative handles

Cabinet handles and doorknobs have been overlooked for a long time. However, in 2018, that’s going to change. A regular doorknob is functional, but with a little bit of effort and creativity, you can design a beautiful handle as well. You don’t have to make them complex or intricate, just give them a personal touch. You won’t believe how much a small thing like a cabinet handle can change the appearance of the entire room.

Embrace the imperfections

Wabi Sabi is an age-old philosophy from Japan that teaches you to embrace the imperfections around you, including your home. While some would say that everything in your home should be polished to the perfection, Wabi Sabi approach would be to leave it as it is. For example, if your table is worn-out from the years of use, don’t replace it with a new one; every little scratch mark adds to its uniqueness. Of course, Wabi Sabi is not an excuse to be lazy and not wash your dishes or leave your bed in a mess.

Vintage details

A vintage look will always find its place in the home remodelling industry. However, this year, experts predict that this look will leave its small niche and become mainstream. In the last couple of years, retro furniture, lighting fixtures, closets, and so on, have been constantly gaining in popularity, and 2018 is going to continue this trend.

Aussies seem to love doing DIY and other crafty projects, and it gets no better than refurbishing a vintage item. But don’t go overboard with retro items, you don’t want to have a 70s home. It’s all about creating a homey and warm atmosphere with small vintage details.

And that is about it for this article. As you can see, this year will be interesting when it comes to home remodelling. Whether you are looking to do some heavy-duty renovation jobs or just to freshen up some areas of your home, our six suggestions will help you keep up with the home remodelling trends.


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