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Australians are a society of fixers, buildings, painters, remodellers. We are obsessed with home renovation and our pads.
In case you couldn't tell from the ridiculous amount of reality renovation shows gracing our television screens over the last few years, a new survey by design platform Houzz has confirmed it once and for all.
According to the survey, one in 10 Australians redo their living environment monthly, while 30% can't help having a tinker every three to six months. The majority of Australian homeowners surveyed (80%) live in a modest, detached home while the rest are in apartments or townhouses. It proves the Aussie home dream is still alive and well.
So what is Australian style? It is varied, yet consistent. Although Australians now get inspiration from designs around the globe, we still have a very authentic Aussie aesthetic. Neutral colours are often in the palette, kitchens are the centrepiece of our homes, timber floors comfort our feet, while edible gardens and natural power play a large role in homes Down Under.
The most popular styles of Australian houses
Interior trends come and go, but there are a handful of key looks in Australia that remain constant. Many of us give these cornerstone styles our own personal twist, but we are also seeing the emergence of many global influences.
- Modern/contemporary: 55% favour this broad style with strong colour choices or a plain white scheme and furniture and materials of the moment.
- Traditional: 23% like their homes to include warm colours, comfortable furnishings and quality materials.
- Eclectic: 19% like a little bit of unique flair in their homes, with a mix of old and new plus an element of surprise.
- Country: 15% enjoy a homestead feel in their home, with soft colours, rustic pieces and a focus on vintage nostalgia.
Grey is the dominant colour used in Aussie exteriors while brown and orange are increasing in popularity. When it comes to the front door, two-thirds of us stick to neutral colours like brown, black and white. However, if you thought you were being original with your front door, think again. More than one in 20 have a red front door, with similar numbers for green and blue.
Aussies aren't an experimental bunch inside the house, with most sticking to white and off-white on the walls. Yellow, grey and green are gradually getting more love in the living and dining room while blue and purple are sometimes used to make the bedroom more exciting. The emerging wallpaper trend has caught the eye of some, with one in 20 using it to decorate their bedroom wall.
Australians put the environment at the forefront of their designs, with Adelaidians leading the charge. A whopping 53% have rainwater tanks attached to their homes while Brisbane is winning with indoor green features such as energy-saving bulbs and low-flush toilets.
With our love of fresh produce and the MasterChef phenomenon, it is no wonder Australians see the kitchen as the focal point of their home. Watching glamorous kitchens on our televisions have made us realise our home version is in a shambles with one quarter planning a renovation in the next 12 months. If we could add any feature to our home, 42% would take a designer kitchen.
Natural materials are prevalent in the Australian kitchen — with more than half of Sydneysiders having granite, marble or quartz benchtops. Keeping with the natural theme, half of Aussies power their kitchens with gas compared to one-fifth using electricity.
The living room
This is the room where we are happiest, it is also super connected—43% of Australians have a smart television, 18% have an integrated sound system while 5% enjoy projector viewing of their favourite films. With a love of design elements, three in five enjoy a fine piece of art on the wall, one in four have created a feature wall and three in five tie the room together with a rug.
Floorboards are under the feet of 40% of homeowners with carpet trailing at just 26%, and 16% with tiles. It is also not uncommon to add a touch of warmth to the room with a fireplace — one third is cosying up with marshmallows on a winter's night.
It isn't just a place for sleeping for Australians. Half of homeowners have an ensuite attached, while 46% have a walk-in wardrobe. Televisions, sitting areas and carpet flooring are all common in Australian bedrooms.
A lot of Aussies are not happy with the current state of their bathroom — with 30% requiring a renovation in the next twelve months. Though it appears we must have high standards for the washing room.
In Brisbane, rainwater showers are in 18% of bathrooms as it brings an aspect of the tropical environment. While 9% of Melburnians enjoy watching a TV show while scrubbing themselves and 11% of Adeladians don't mind relaxing in a spa bath. While 21% of Sydneysiders already have heated towel rails and 10% enjoy heated floors.
The Australian environment is reflected in the way we use outdoor space. From glamorous pools to entertaining decks, the pride and joy of any house is the outdoor element where you can laze away all year round.
Famous for our good weather and long, hot summers it isn't surprising Aussies prioritise the outdoors with only 1% of homeowners admitting to having no outdoor space. Eighty percent of Australian homes have a backyard, 70% have a front yard and the outdoor area is the number one priority for renovation with 44% planning a makeover in the next 12 months.
Our space is done up to the nines, with one in five having a pool to relax in during summer, nearly half having a veggie patch and 74% cooking up a storm on the BBQ.
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