Top 10 Greatest Home Design Trends In 2017


Desire for appeal is one of the leading reasons that make home designs “trendy.” Every year, home designers introduces new and incredible designs that stand out for a season or two while others remain relevant for years. 2017, so far, has been a great year for home design. From more authentic and personalised use of space to voice-activated assistants and home safety, there is no doubt that it’s a great year for the home design industry. But new trends keep emerging and what you think is trendy might be obsolete in a few months. 

Top 10 Trends for Home Design in 2017

So, which are the top 10 greatest home design trends in 2017? This is what you should watch out for:

1.    Satin Brass

In recent years, metal finishes has been making a comeback and we have seen a massive concentration of it in 2017. Satin brass has been big talk in the industry this year and its welcome by the Brisbane design industry is overwhelming. It can be defined as the modern brass alternative that will bring out a long lasting rustic look to your home. The unfinished brass appearance is a fantastic design that will make the interior of your home standout. Unlike the traditional brass that brings out shiny golden tones in the home, with this design, your home is given a muted, warmer feel. Being a relatively new design, it is expected to remain trending far beyond 2017.

2.    Voice-Activated Assistants

Voice-activated AssistantsSmart homes are the latest craze in the home design industry. Digitisation has been on the top of the list for many homeowners, not only in Brisbane, but all over the world. People want technology to work for them and designers are responding by stretching the limit beyond imaginable heights. Voice-activated assistants are one of the best examples of a smart home and they are highly desired by many smart-homeowners. With the device, you can do plenty of things, from switching on lights to powering up the bathtub, weather forecasting and so much more, and all from the palm of your hand. You only need a smartphone equipped with Wi-Fi or data to do all these things, irrespective of your geographical location.

3.    White with Off-White

White has remained one of the most persistent colours when it comes to interior home design trends this 2017. It brings out a rustic and tranquil atmosphere particularly for bedrooms. Lately, designers are adding a new feel to the colour palette for a stronger aesthetic appeal. By striking a balance within the white palette, creamy off-white and natural linen hues, you can create a breath-taking look that is rich in character. Many homeowners that aim for a simple, empty, clean and somewhat clinical ambience in their home have received and executed this trend very well.

4.    Greenery

Green is another colour that’s quickly picking up with homeowners not only in Brisbane but all over the world. The hue is most popular with those trying to portray a nature feel, and it works incredibly well with warm wood tones. It comes with a strong versatility factor within interior design and this has been the main reason why it has remained trendy this year and possibly for many more years to come. Greenery combines very well with other hues including white or wooden furniture and appliances. It’s also a very warm hue and everyone typically enjoys it.

5.    Splurging on Laundry Rooms

Laundry Rooms MakeoverA fear years ago, if you asked homeowners which room they were most likely to splurge on renovations for, the answer would be unanimously the kitchen or bathroom. Although the two still remain the most common in home remodelling services, laundry rooms are quickly hiking their way up on the list. Many people have been splurging on laundry rooms in the recent years but 2017 has seen a major rise. With many homeowners spending a good amount of time in the laundry rooms, they are willing to spend more to make it appealing. As a home design trend, it’s something that you could try out to improve the overall atmosphere of your home.

6.    Vanity Conversion

Even with new designs coming into the industry constantly, anything with a vintage feel stands out. Interior designers know this, and that’s why vanity conversions are a leading trend this year. Since the trend is so major, you’ll have plenty to choose from if that’s your vibe. You can get a vintage chest or side table to give your room that “wow” aspect. Many homeowners are turning to “old school” furniture such as the old file cabinets, chest drawers and vintage consoles amongst other things to bring out an authentic, vintage taste. If you have no idea on how to pull this off, think outside the box and look into some vintage, classic home décor looks.

7.    Kitchen Storage Walls

In almost all home design trends, the idea behind it all is creating more space or making the space appear bigger than it is. One area where the illusion of extra space has been an issue is the kitchen, but recently designers have come up with various solutions to solve this. Amongst the designs that are overwhelmingly trendy this season is kitchen storage walls. A shelve or multiple shelves lined on a kitchen wall designed for you to display your ingredients and kitchen items and appliances. With this rustic kitchen design, homeowners are able to do away with upper kitchen cabinets make the kitchen appear less clouded. All the storage is pushed onto a single wall and it helps to create a seemingly more open space.

8.    Splurging On Entryways

Entryway MakeoverThe entryway of your home is amongst the places where you can play around with design to pull off a rustic and homey appearance. Your entryway is your welcome and it creates the first impression and also gives the visitor an idea of what they are likely to expect when inside. Many homeowners are willing to spend more on their entryway not only to create a sense of what’s inside but just to create a general appearance for their home. Amongst the killer ideas for entryway design includes a fun piece of wallpaper, a narrow table that may have a tray of shoes underneath, or a statement mirror.

9.    Counter-Depth Fridges

Another trendy home design in shorter fridges, particularly for those with modest-size kitchens. Counter-depth fridges are a design that has increasingly gained popularity this year. They are basically slimmer fridges that sit flush with the adjacent cabinetry and countertops. What makes these fridges popular is their ability to create extra space since they are slimmer and still serve the same purpose as a traditional, larger fridge. In fact, you can save about six inches of kitchen space with this idea and they also lack annoying protruding handles. They are also a less expensive alternative to a custom, typical, built-in unit on the market.

10.    Outdoor-Feeling Indoor Shower

Outdoor showers have been a trending design in Brisbane but the weather dilemma remains a challenge.  To get around that challenge, designers came up with “outdoor-feeling indoor showers” which have trended viciously this year. Homeowners are extremely excited with this idea as it gives them a deep connection to the outdoors while still maintaining their privacy. This is a classic bathroom that any homeowner in Brisbane should try out.

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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: A New Look For Less

Most people cringe when considering a remodel of their kitchen cabinets. However, refacing is actually a green alternative to a full remodel, and the preferred method of updating an existing and functional kitchen. Cabinet refacing is an easy way to customize without the drama and expense of a full removal of the old kitchen framing and cabinetry. It’s also the most affordable process, costing half as much as new custom work by taking the old, dingy, and beat up cabinets and giving them a fresh, new appearance.

space saving kitchen

Kitchen Renovation For Less

Our favourite residential builders Vati Projects have been kind enough to give our readers three great cost saving ideas on how to refresh your tired kitchen without breaking the bank. After working in residential development and renovations for as long as they have, you can guarantee they’ve seen their fair share of kitchens and know exactly what works and what doesn’t, so get out your notepad and ready your tape measure, we’re about to get busy!

3 Kitchen Ideas to Get Things Started:

  • Bead Board Cabinets – the homey kitchen is coming back. In some ways it never left as a cosy cottage aesthetic is always in style. Using a new bead board cabinet face is an affordable option which can easily alter the look of your cabinets. Bead board is currently available in a variety of styles and patterns, very easy to repaint, (should the need for change arise again!) and is resistant to mould and mildew.

bead board kitchen

  • Functional Changes – it might be difficult to imagine what you could do with your cabinets other than their current configuration. However, modern cabinets can do so much more than just shelving. Drawers can contain spice racks. The doors slide open to house hidden areas for common kitchen utensils, and even larger pots and pans. Corner cabinets are now available with high-tech, space-saving storage options to make the most of “lost” or hard-to-use space. These are all ready to be overhauled with the money saved during a cabinet refacing.

corner drawers design

  • Updated Hinges and Hardware – No more slamming of drawers or cabinets. Modern hinges close slowly and gently, reducing noise, even when in a hurry. And new cabinet drawer glides can do the same for drawers. Cabinet handles and pulls can also go a long way towards updating an older kitchen.

hidden hinge kitchen


By preserving the existing cabinetry framework, you can re-route the savings into other areas until you realize your ultimate dream kitchen. Kitchen refacing allows for more options to become available that might otherwise be cut or delayed due to budget concerns. The extra cash can be used for an upgrade to the counter top, a custom, free-standing island, or additional storage space accessories and hardware options. You could also stretch the funds to finish the space with some decorative moulding, ceiling fan, custom lighting, or other personal touches like a rug.

You can save some green and be green at the same time with refacing. This eco-friendly, affordable alternative for remodelling your kitchen will keep your cabinet framework out of landfill and use fewer resources. And, a refacing upgrade will take far less time, allowing you back into new your kitchen quickly, and with far less disruption than would be created by a full rebuild. This is only possible when you consider custom kitchen cabinet refacing.

If you do decide to go the whole hog and do a complete kitchen renovation, be sure to check out this handy guide for kitchen renovations on Houzz.

Five Tips On Matching Your Home Décor With an Area Rug

Matching your home décor with area rugs may appear difficult, especially if it’s your first time playing interior designer. Homeowners often have to turn over the problem to a professional just to make sure everything will come out as expected. This can entail more expenses than initially planned; and suddenly ‘just a rug’ becomes a whole event. Before you find yourself reaching for your cheque book to commission your city’s latest and greatest interior decorator, have a read of our tips and give the designing a crack yourself.

modern bright rug matches furniture

See how the pillows match the rug? Neat!

Getting your home décor to match an area rug should ideally begin with the rug itself. These rug types normally contain a wide range of colors which can serve as a point of reference. In addition, the rug patterns of many area rugs are often interesting enough that they can combine perfectly with certain types of furniture. Classical fabrics can be continued onto the floor with classically inspired rug patterns for example.

Of course, this option will work only in situations where the home has yet to be formally decorated. In cases where the home design is already completed, the so-called inspiration piece concept is worth employing.

The inspiration piece strategy is used by several designers whenever they are in a fix as to how to match an available area rug to a given room decoration. This so-called piece can refer to any item placed inside the room which can be used as an anchor from which all subsequent designs within that room can be created. We see this quite often in T.V shows like the block or My House Rules where contestants will buy their rug online first and then get similarly coloured accompanying items like throw pillows and drapes to complete the look and style of the room.

Matching modern rug colours

Use the rug as the centrepiece for the room

Another way to effectively match area rugs with a given home design is to make good use of fabric swatches. This can be brought along when shopping around for a suitable area rug since they will serve as reminders of the type of colors already existing inside the home. Or if you don’t have time to go from shop to shop, most big name rug stores like Catwalk Rugs, Rugs-A-Million, Carpet Call, and so on have online rug showrooms you can use via your computer or phone. The Catwalk Rugs online store has some particularly good modern rugs and includes an extensive rug buying guide which covers everything from sizing to rug fibres.

In cases where the area rugs are being sold hanging up, it is best to ask that these be placed lying flat on the floor for a closer look. This will help create a better mental image as to how the rug will appear when placed inside the room. Other than that, light shines differently when rugs are placed in a horizontal position and will consequently affect their inherent appeal.

Being able to match your home décor with area rugs also has a lot to do with size. Rug colour as well as pattern is always a major consideration, but they will hardly matter if the rug is too small or too big for the intended area.

Essentially, an unusually huge rug can easily dwarf all furniture and create an unbalanced environment. On the other hand, rugs that come in generally smaller sizes will fail in getting to tie together all the existing furniture found inside a given room.

Shag rug in blue

Shaggy. The rug not the singer.

Matching your home with the right area rug may ultimately depend on how the rug complements the space where it’s to be put. Still, this is not entirely an iron-fisted rule that has to be followed by every single homeowner. At best, there should always be room for exceptions.

More importantly, no home decoration should be seen as permanent. There will be occasions when changes have to be made, and home renovation is one of them. You should relish the opportunity to redesign your old living space and using a brightly coloured modern rug may be the right choice. Or perhaps, you want a more traditional abode, in which case a Persian or Afghan styled rug might be the right choice. Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid! And remember you can always call in the professionals if you create a design disaster!