Hot Building Trends 2015

Posted: 2015-01-30

As a Ballarat Builder we have helped design and build some stunning homes over the years. Listening to what our clients desire and looking at inspirations from around the world we love noticing some growing trends in design, both inside and out. Here are our 5 home trends we are anticipating in the coming year....


1: Wallpaper

Creating a unique & modern feature wall, the grey and white combination is also modern & the greys warm up the space.  But if you’re not confident to committing to a whole wall, then there’s good news – you could always try some beautiful wall decals. The Sign Shop Co can do all forms of wall art for your home.

2: Brining the outside in

Terrariums are replacing fish bowls around the country. Houseplants do more than just beautify your indoor space. Research shows that keeping plants inside your home can bring a host of physical and mental health benefits. Once you learn more about the therapeutic nature of plants, you'll be inspired to get your green thumb on.

3: Environment Friendly is Mainstream

Environmental consideration is no longer something that just sits in the back of our heads.  We recognise that the way that we live in the world and what we take from it ultimately has an impact directly upon us.  Environmentally friendly design, sustainability, passive homes, products that require less energy, reducing the running costs of our homes, new lighting options, repurposing, recycling, up-cycling and new hybrid materials are either standard or continue to emerge.

4: Matte Finishes

The popularity of matte finishes is growing in modern décor as we seek to add differing depths of interest into our buildings and interiors. A matte finish gives an object a raw, edgy look and also allows you to appreciate the overall form and material that an item is made of.  This principle is crucial in modern design and it also harks back to our desire for natural and authentic softer finishes. This trend is growing in everything from tapware, lighting, furniture, accessories, kitchens and bathrooms, right through to entire rooms.

5: Photographic Imagery

Social media and information technology are beginning to have an effect on the way that we live and also the way that we appreciate seeing things around us.  Photographic images and images that have been manipulated with “instagram like” soft filters to add a nostalgic dream like quality will be seen in wall art, soft furnishings and accessories. Advancements in digital printing have made the possibilities to use images unlimited. Artworks can now be whatever size you like, put wherever you want and designed to feature whatever takes your fancy.


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