The secret to building a home that won’t date

8 March 2019

Predicting trends can be tricky, however there are some simple ways to make sure your new home doesn’t date too quickly. Not every design trend will stand the test of time. Think back to the days of carpeted walls! So how do you trend-proof your home? The key is to build a home with features that are timeless. Here, we’ve listed some classic home features that have never gone out of style.

Indoor/outdoor living

In South-East Queensland, we love indoor/outdoor living, so you can’t go wrong with a home design that makes the most of this. Try and create an indoor/outdoor living space that works all year round. A home that flows seamlessly to the outdoors will feel more spacious and give you more room to live, relax and entertain. Ideally, living and outdoor areas should face north to take advantage of the sun throughout the day. But weather protection is also a must in our harsh climate. Shade never goes out of style!

High ceilings

‘I wish the ceilings were lower,’ said no-one ever. High ceilings make a home feel more spacious, even if the footprint isn’t huge. They also allow for taller windows and doors, which helps bring the outside in. Many older homes have high ceilings, and this is one trend from the past that really is worth considering!

White walls

Having white (or off white) walls is a great starting point for creating a look that won’t date easily. However, this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You can add pops of colour in the kitchen, living areas and bedrooms with accessories and soft furnishings. Then, when you tire of them, you can simply change them out! White walls also make smaller spaces seem brighter and bigger. But just because your walls are white, doesn’t mean you’ll never have to repaint. All paintwork needs redoing after a few years, especially if you have small children!

Neutral bathrooms

It can be tempting to add a feature wall or patterned tiles to your bathrooms. But if you’re concerned about the longevity of your choices, it’s best to stay neutral. Once again, you can accessorise with pops of colour, if you like.

Go minimalist

Minimalism is all about using fewer items for maximum impact. This means removing unnecessary furniture and multiple colours, in favour of a simple, more refined look. Stick to neutral shades, particularly for walls, flooring and window coverings. However, you can still add colourful accents, if that suits your style.

Avoid specific themes

You might be into Moroccan style right now, but will you still love it in five years? Entire rooms built around a very specific theme will date very quickly. So it’s better to mix it up and include elements of the look you love with your décor, for a longer-lasting look.

Storage plus

Everyone loves a home with lots of storage. But storage isn’t just for keepsakes that we don’t want to part with. We also need storage for seasonal items like winter clothes, luggage and Christmas decorations – not to mention all of our day-to-day items. Many older homes don’t have built-ins and lack storage, so building a new home is the perfect opportunity to make sure you include plenty of storage space.

Keep it classic

There is no doubt that home trends are changing more quickly than ever. But nowadays, it’s easier than ever to embrace new trends by simply changing your cushions, giving your dining room a lift with new artwork, or updating the tapware in your kitchen. Remember, if you keep it classic when you build, it will be easier to refresh your home’s look in the future.

Create a timeless look at Select by Hallmark

Creating a cohesive look for your new home is vital, as it can add enormous value to your greatest asset. At Hallmark Homes, we look forward to assisting you with this exciting process. Our expert Selection Centre Consultants will personally guide you through all the product choices, finishes and fixtures. They will also take you through the colour selection process, ensuring that everything you choose works together seamlessly, both inside and out.

Our Selection Centre, Select by Hallmark, is exclusive to Hallmark Homes’ clients, and entry is by appointment only. And if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our selection of style boards. Once you’ve chosen the colours, fittings and finishes for your new home, the decorating will be so much easier!

Thinking of building a new home in South-East Queensland? The friendly team at Hallmark Homes is ready to help. Come and check out one of our display centres for yourself. If you have any questions about our home designs or house and land packages, please contact us today.

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