Design trends for the home should not be taken lightly. Individuality is key, as is every family’s own way of life. Having said that, shopping for inspiration never hurt anyone. These homes offer three palettes that encapsulate the year’s biggest design trends for the home.

And if you have been following this column, what works for the home, also translates well into office and hospitality design.


Australian design studio Killing Matt Woods designed a 73 square-metre apartment for a young couple. The result is a moody palette — defined by concrete greys and wood — set to a minimalist aesthetic. The designer drew inspiration from brutalist architecture and local industrial warehouses to deliver a scheme that was devoid of visual clutter and enhanced the illusion of space. Moving away from the typical Sydney approach to home design, where the sun, sand and sea inform most of the design codes, this broody haven has grey across most of its surfaces; warmth is instilled via wooden panelling and cabinetry, as well as black powder-coated framework that instantly lends depth. Sheer curtains and full-height glazing bring in natural light which plays brilliantly against the curved surfaces and the united front put up by the grey, textural interiors. Design interventions like a bespoke kitchen unit with a ribbed, coloumn-esue counter, muted-gold lighting and a burst of refreshing colour courtesy statement furniture pieces lend character to this design-gallery of a home.


The Melbourne suburb of Elwood is known for its large period houses, many from the 20s and 30s. For this project, the developer’s brief was clear: Art Deco Circa 2019, with a hint of the foreshore. Cera Stribley Architects teamed up with interior design studio The Stella Collective to deliver a series of houses, that echoed the best bits of the roaring 20s, but with contemporary restraint. From the curving white brickwork on the exterior to the more industrial materiality at the top of the façade — featuring simple metal cladding in a charcoal finish — to the softened approach to the light flushed interiors, the end result is a space for soulful living. The designers wanted to balance glamour with functionality and lifestyle of today’s homeowner. As a result, the developer installed design merely serves as a canvas for the users to build on and personalise. In addition to embracing light finishes and natural textures in stone and wood, subtle design elements like brass taps, cabinetry in the kitchens, and light grey terrazzo floored bathrooms instantly maximise space. From the rattan inspired balustrade and the offset of matte and reflective finishes inside, to the change in tonality outside: the interiors of the terrace feature black terrazzo and grey paint — these houses are as Zen, as they are glam.


I never thought I would put California and serenity in the same sentence, but that exactly what John Maniscalco Architectures have achieved with this cedar wood and glass wrapped home perched atop a San Francisco street. The wood clad exterior masterfully compliments the white walled, concrete floored interiors connected through a double-height, glazed stairwell: wrapped in wooden slats, it rises from a pebble trough, ultimately descending into the split-level social living areas. The living room and dining area step down to a family room and kitchen that features a hand-drawn doodle mural by artist Timothy Goodman. Throughout the residence, a restrained finish palette of subtle, organic materials unifies the visual language of the exterior landscape with the internal architecture of the home.