How to use design trends to build your dream home

We’re all bombarded with home designs that are ‘on trend’ through reality TV shows, social media platforms, and our own friends and family. Just because a ‘look’ is heavily featured on social media or reality, doesn’t mean it’s a good choice for everyone from an aesthetic or even a practical standpoint.

Choosing the right home design, both inside and out is not about impressing other people. Instead it’s about choosing the design, décor and furnishings that will help you enjoy your new home, and more importantly allow it to function to meet your needs.


When you commit to a brand new home, it’s important to remember that, unlike a renovation, you are starting with a truly blank canvas. Your home is a clean slate, and with the right homebuilder you can make it everything and anything you want.

A great home is about more than just the floorplan, the size, and the number of bedrooms. It’s also about the design – both on the inside and the outside. As you contemplate your plans, let’s have a look at some timeless design trends that can be incorporated into both the exterior and interior of your new home.

Go cool and sophisticated with the Hamptons look

The Hamptons look takes its inspiration from the houses of the rich and famous built in a group of townships on Long Island, New York. It’s a stylish, coastal-themed design that continues to be popular with homeowners all around Australia.

Think cool, classic, and sophisticated designs meshed with rustic, casual beach vibes. The look is characterised by light-filled and spacious homes with a focus on natural materials and simple styling. As well as drawing on inspiration from The Hamptons, this style is also reminiscent of Australia’s iconic Queenslander homes.

For the exterior of your new Hamptons-look home think:

  • Soft, weathered tones such as white and pale grey.
  • Accents for trims, such as blue and charcoal.
  • Weatherboards.
  • Timber fretwork and trims.

If the sound of a Hamptons style home appeals to you, take a look at the popular ANSA Homes’ Astaire design, which is the perfect design for your new Hamptons-inspired home.

For the interior, choose colours drawn from natural elements such as the sea, sky, and bushland. To complete the look, use beautiful wooden furnishings, timber floors, nautical elements, feature staircases, and elegant, comfortable corners.


Exposed raw materials characterise Industrial design


The industrial look draws heavily on its namesake with character features such as weathered timbers contrasting with eye-catching metallics.

Industrial design exterior features often include:

  • Exposed raw materials and metallic finishes.
  • Plenty of texture.
  • Exposed concrete.
  • Weathered timbers.
  • Minimal tonal colour palette.

ANSA Homes’ Austinmeer façade draws from Industrial style influences like the Archer design. The Industrial style of interior home design proudly embraces and showcases the building materials that other styles of interior design conceal, like exposed raw materials.

It is focused on bringing rustic authenticity and an organic feel to home design. In the process, it employs neutral tones, utilitarian objects, exposed brick walls, and wood and metallic surfaces. On the inside, industrial design is enhanced by vintage furniture, steel light fixtures, and accents of metallic finishes.

Play it safe with contemporary design

If you prefer a look that is guaranteed not to date, then choose a contemporary design that celebrates clean lines and no fussy details.

You can create the contemporary design look on your home’s exterior with:

  • A simple colour palette of no more than three shades.
  • Clean, minimalist lines with no visual fuss.
  • Interesting angles, shadows, and features that catch the eye.

The Brooklyn design from ANSA Homes is an example of contemporary design. For the interior, a contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, with the deliberate use of texture and clean lines, with a focus on space rather than items in the space.

The most obvious and distinctive element of a contemporary style interior design is the line. This can be through the use of straight vertical or horizontal lines or curved shapes, as long as visible lines are featured strongly. The line can be found in architectural details, the use of bold colour blocks, high ceilings, bare windows, and geometric shapes in art.

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Call us on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry and our specialist team will work with you to design and bring to life your homedesign ideas.

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