Our homes are more than just where we live – they are a place that we cherish as a retreat from the pressures of modern life. We create a space within our four walls that reflects the identity of our families and our way of living.
These sentiments have never been more prevalent than they are today. In fact, our desire to make each home a personal haven is the inspiration that is driving the latest design trends for 2017. Here is a snapshot of what Australians are looking for in modern home design.
The Global Nomad
Beginning with neutral, open plan spaces provides the perfect opportunity to embrace the colour schemes, décor, and home accessories that are popular this year. The aesthetic for 2017 has been coined Desert Wanderer or Global Nomad, a style representing our desire to return to the authenticity and simplicity of past ways of living.
This means a strong movement towards textured artisan style fabrics and patterns, as well as natural materials such as wicker, hemp, jute, velvet, and wool. Introducing these elements into your home is easily achieved, inspiring and meditative.
Where open plan spaces exist, embrace the informal rustic aesthetic by adding rugs or throws with Moroccan or Aztec patterns. Bedrooms are brought to life with layers and textures in forest greens, cinnamon and bronze. The upholstered bed head is also making a comeback. It is a homage to the past, encouraging us to use the bedroom as a place of rest and reprieve.
With beautiful open plans and featuring upholstered bed heads, many of the New Living home designs are the perfect canvas to embrace your inner global nomad.
Respite from Technology
Creating spaces to escape from technology and switch off is also popular. This can be achieved by transforming the study into a book corner or simply a place to gaze out the window.
Using the spaces you have, look at ways you can transform them by adding some natural materials. Cork boards are a popular new addition to the study, replacing whiteboards and digital screens as a place for memos and inspirational images. Analogue nostalgia can be added with slow or low-tech appliances that remind us of the way things have been in simpler times.
Making regular use of alfresco areas is a great way to connect with loved ones. These spaces are a key feature in contemporary home designs and can be transformed into a rich oasis with the addition of cushions, throws and organic matter such as planter boxes filled with popular hardy indoor/outdoor species.
The addition of a wicker shopping basket, hemp storage bags, handcrafted rugs and patterned throws all help to create a tribal feel, and sourcing them is all part of the enjoyment. Rather than shopping at large franchise stores, greater authenticity can be achieved by purchasing handcrafted products from market stall holders or fair trade providers. In this way, you can be sure that you’re participating in an authentic process which supports real communities.
New Living Homes are Sydney’s experts in sustainable, affordable and desirable home designs. From beautiful open plan spaces to vibrant alfresco areas, our designs are carefully planned to reflect the latest trends and styles in home living. To find out more about our home designs and house and land packages, contact New Living Homes today.