The latest design trends are prioritising people and planet through sustainability, energy efficiency and quality. From eco-friendly materials and renewable energy sources to timeless and durable furnishings, designers are finding new ways to create beautiful and functional spaces that are also environmentally conscious. Read on…

Nature is in fashion, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Design trends are leaning towards earthy colours, such as shades of mauve and brown. Designers are adding organic shapes and metallic accents to enhance a sense of sophistication. And the popularity of materials, like stone and wood reflect a growing preference for natural and sustainable elements.

Natural Colour

Designers are going green. And beige, brown, and terracotta. Earthy colours are making their way on to our walls, furniture, and décor to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. These natural colours provide a sense of peace and relaxation, which is perfect for creating a serene environment at home. The trend towards natural and organic colour schemes reflects an ever-growing appreciation for nature and sustainability in contemporary home design.

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An Oasis of Calm

As people spend more time at home, there’s a growing desire for a tranquil indoor space. Bringing the outdoors inside is about incorporating established greenery and natural light to connect the interior with the exterior. Covered outdoor entertainment areas with large opening doors and full-height glazing, plus open-plan indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, are made for entertaining all year-round. Incorporating open-plan kitchens, dining, and living areas with covered outdoor spaces creates a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors.

Quality Made to Last

We’re seeing a shift towards investing in high-quality, durable, and timeless home decor and furniture pieces, rather than just going for cheap and disposable options. This trend reflects a desire for sustainability, quality, and longevity in products, as well as an awareness of the negative environmental impact of ‘fast fashion’ and disposable home decor. What’s more timeless pieces add a sense of sophistication and style to a home, as they often feature classic and elegant looks that never go out of fashion.

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The Heat is On… Efficiently

Today’s heating options prioritise energy efficiency and convenience, including smart heating and cooling systems which can be remotely controlled. These systems can be integrated with your lighting and security systems to prepare your home for your arrival, ensuring a warm or cool house and your preferred light settings when you step in the door. Interestingly, the cost of in-slab heating in New Zealand has risen due to new H1 insulation requirements which could result in fewer polished concrete floors and, Instead, more varied floor finishes are likely to be considered.

A Light Touch

Contemporary lighting options put the spotlight on energy efficiency and minimalism, with a focus on carefully chosen feature light fixtures. Less is more when it comes to illumination, with the creation of zones through dimmable fittings to enhance mood. These systems can be integrated with smart home technology, allowing for customisable settings that can be adjusted for different moods or times of day. From a gentle glow illuminating the first coffee of the day, to brighter task lighting, to an atmospheric evening light. It’s what makes smart lighting such a smart idea.

Green Architecture

Contemporary architecture is emphasising the use of sustainable, natural materials with raw finishes and understated accents. Timber, stone and natural fibres, like wool or linen, are increasingly popular in contemporary architecture. Often locally sourced and minimally processed, these materials are reducing the environmental impact of their production and transportation. It’s a reflection of growing awareness of our impact on the environment and a desire to create buildings that are both functional and responsible.

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