Spring signals more than just a change in the weather - for homeowners it’s a chance to refresh and revamp their abodes.

Top five trends in new homes

November 19, 2019 BY


Spring is here and with the change of season comes the urge to refresh and remake your home.

With interior design ever evolving, it can be difficult to work out what trends are here to stay, and which to avoid at all costs.

Here are the Hamlan interior team’s top five trends in new homes:

Colour is back

It’s no longer about white on white, people are now feeling more adventurous when itcomes to colour. The earthy tonal range that was popular in the ‘70s is making a return; colours from forest green to mustard and terracotta. Subtle pops of pastel colours are reviving and for a brighter, bolder aesthetic – colours such as turquoise green, navy, gold and fuchsia are proving most popular. Colour is being used sparingly and teamed with more neutral tones, whether it be a hero piece of furniture, such as an armchair, or in tiling, a splash back or bath ware.

Natural products are making a statement

Designers are finding inspiration in nature and we’re loving it. Products made of natural materials and textures are becoming statement items in the home. From stone and marble splash backs to rattan and Vienna straw furniture, the addition of natural textures is a sensorial delight. The beauty of natural materials is its tactile appeal that can easily add a sense of warmth and comfort to a space.

In addition to that, timber-look or timber finishes are also growing in popularity. Walnut is proving popular in our urban home builds. For our coastal homes, the lighter look of Oak continues to be a favourite.

Simplicity is key for lighting

When it comes to lighting, the trend is moving toward simple geometric lighting. Designers have found the beauty in simple structural lines and modular shapes to create new lighting options that nods to the Art Deco era.

They’re also finding lighting inspiration in industrial design. This can also be seen in the linear lighting now on the market, simple and sophisticated—linear lighting is a wise choice for a clean contemporary look.

Linear lighting is brilliant in that it can come in different materials, although a modern look, there are options of using organic textures including timber.

Curves are in

Who doesn’t love curves? Like the previous trends mentioned, this new trend is taking inspiration from the retro interior style of the ‘70s. The latest designs in furniture and fixtures have soft, contoured lines—a stark contrast to the once-popular hard-edged finishes of previous years. What we’re loving about this, is the touch of warmth and femininity curves can bring to a space.

Timeless facades that suit their location

The trend for exterior design is moving toward facade designs that can stand the test of time.

For Hamlan, when it comes to materials our clients are opting for Linea board by James Hardie. This weatherboard cladding creates a very similar look to the many traditional Federation and Californian bungalow homes that are found in our region. The great thing about this James Hardie product is it doesn’t rot like timber weatherboards. Paired with our popular Prism facade, it provides a modern exterior design that won’t look out of place in any street across our region.

Interested in learning more? Visit one of our display homes, phone us on 1300 426 526, or head to hamlan.com.au.