6 design trends shaping our homes in 2020: Part I

Homes experts, architects and interior designers reveal the trends that will shape Australian homes as we move into a new decade.

The 1920s saw the introduction of two major influences on Australian homes, driven by post-war exuberance and a desire for modern luxury. California bungalows brought the American dream to Australia, while the emergence of the European Art Deco movement brought simple, clean shapes and a detailed aesthetic that would come to define homes of the next decade.
Almost 100 years later, the home of the new 20’s may not be as ‘roaring’, but rather defined by energy efficiency, new building technologies and evolving design trends, according to experts from across the industry.
“The construction industry is set to go back into growth within the next 12-18 months, making 2020 the perfect time to re-evaluate how we build,” says James Hardie product manager, Christian Hansen.
“In terms of looks, we’re seeing a rise in simplicity and reduced consumption, which is driving a trend for better designed houses. Clean lines and contemporary housing styles, such as mid-century modern and minimalist aesthetics will continue to rise in popularity as home owners try to escape the clutter and business of modern-day life. This translates into more open and liveable homes, with a focus on comfort and style,” he concludes.
Mid-century style continues to shape many modern homes built today. Take this [modernist inspired contemporary holiday home](https://www.homestolove.com.au/contemporary-mid-century-holiday-home-19459|target="_blank") for example.
Mid-century style continues to shape many modern homes built today. Take this modernist inspired contemporary holiday home for example. Photo: Prue Ruscoe
From a focus on sustainability and efficiency to new construction methods and materials, homes experts, architects and interior designers reveal the trends that will shape Australian homes as we move into a new decade.

1. NEW CONSTRUCTION METHODS

When it comes to how we build our homes, “the biggest trend going forward will be building complete sections of houses in factories and then taking them to site and connecting them together,” says James Hardie ambassador and architect, Joe Snel. “One of the biggest opportunities from this change is more quality control and more time in the design phase all adding up to less excuse for poor design and inefficient building. Houses will go more toward the ways cars are built and tested before being used and occupied.”

2. SUSTAINABLE UPGRADES

Both energy and water efficiency will continue to influence building design and materials in the 2020s.
“Research shows that up to 40 per cent1 of heat escapes from homes via windows, while double glazing can decrease heat loss by almost 30 per cent,” says Christine Evans, Marketing Director, Stegbar.
“Building regulations will continue to push green building, new technologies in glazing and improved product engineering and design. This will facilitate better energy efficiency within the home and reduce the reliance on artificial climate controls,” she adds.
A trend towards large, expansive windows drives the need for improved efficiency.
A trend towards large, expansive windows drives the need for improved efficiency.
With some of the toughest water restrictions we’ve ever seen coming into place at the end of 2019, water efficiency is other factor at the forefront of home owner’s minds.
“The ability to be water-wise in our homes is crucial to a sustainable future”, says Nick Swan, Methven brand manager. “One of the easiest ways to be water efficient in your home is to have taps and showerheads that reduce water consumption, and this can start with checking they have a good rating within the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.”
The WELS registry shows that [Methven](https://www.methven.com/au/home|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow") tops the rankings and continues to lead the market by providing the largest array of four-star rated products in market.
The WELS registry shows that Methven tops the rankings and continues to lead the market by providing the largest array of four-star rated products in market.

3. HOME AUTOMATION

Home automation is continuing to rapidly increase in popularity, with the smart home market worth approximately AUD $1.924 million this year, and household penetration expected to hit 41.9% by 2023.
Not only does home automation make our lives easier, it makes it easier to further improve energy efficiency.
With the adoption of smart home technology, you can control almost every element of your home from your phone, these days, from your washing machine to your window furnishings.
Smart technology such as Luxaflex’s Powerview® Motorisation, allows “homeowners to take complete control in the management of shading, temperature control, energy efficiency and privacy in their home, all of which can actively reduce energy consumption and amp up security,” says Vera Meharg, Luxaflex marketing communications manager.
But don’t stop there. With the latest home automation products, you can control your appliances, your lighting, heating, cooling, home security, music and more. Welcome to 2020.
The latest smart home technologies are designed to blend in seamlessly with modern homes.
The latest smart home technologies are designed to blend in seamlessly with modern homes.Source: https://www.homestolove.com.au/home-design-trends-2020-20951