Top Home Design Trends

Top Home Design Trends

The year 2017 will see a movement from chrome metals and technology inside of our homes towards natural materials, textures, and colours to counteract the amount of time people are spending on computers, phones and other technology.

Top design trends for 2017 include;

  • Timber cladding – using natural timbers to turn ordinary homes into an exciting piece of design.
  • Rustic style – using industrial materials to achieve a weathered feel.
  • Going Green – one of the main benefits of wood based designs.

“Timber is certainly the hero of this natural movement,” Darren James, Brisbane-based designer explains, “to give your organic-inspired scheme an earthier and more authentic feel introduce timber in its rawest form to your space.”

Timber cladding
Top Home Design Trends of 2017

Bring a feeling of warmth, texture and nature to your home design by cladding the exterior with  timber.

Cladding provides endless ways to develop and differentiate the house; the colours and textures call back to nature, provide a warm, cosy space and protect the structure, as demonstrated by many of the 2016 Australian Timber Design Award winners.

Industrial materials

Top Home Design Trends of 2017

Rustic interior designs have come back in a big way, with it comes materials such as  timber, concrete and exposed brick. 

Look for inspiration from past eras with styles such as a brick look woven amongst timber and brick tiles.

Concrete will be used heavily due to its ease and ability to achieve an industrial look easily; it has become one of the favourite “raw” materials of designers in past years to incorporate a rustic look, especially when combined with a textured wood finish.

Recycled timber has been used to great effect by itself or in combination with other materials to create a rustic look and enhance homes.

It has previously been used structurally, but now is seen being used for cladding and interior features in unconventional ways to bring the imperfection of nature back.

Top Home Design Trends of 2017

“This trend is a direct reflection of a society that wants to take a step back and slow things down,” notes Darren James “The more high-tech we become, the more we want to surround ourselves with textures and objects that connect us with nature. And in times of uncertainty and mistrust, we are seeking things that are authentic and real.”

Feature windows

Windows are a great way to extend the space of your home and bring nature in from outside.

Whether the timber is stained or painted to suit your decor and style, timber windows and doors will match or complement the most recent architectural styles.

Unique benchtops

Top Home Design Trends of 2017

One of the biggest trends this year has been using texture and patterns to bring warmth and individuality to interior spaces, especially the kitchen.

Materials such as  timber and stone are great ways to achieve the warmth and bring across a lot of subtle textures and colours that compliment each other.

Select a benchtop with a natural grain or pattern to achieve this timeless look of an earthy welcoming home, and bring things back to nature.

Get 2017’s top timber trends

Since 1985, Austim has been the leading timber supplier in Perth, Western Australia.

We supply to the building, construction, trades and retail sectors, whether it is timber decking, wall cladding, ceiling lining or furniture & joinery timber.

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Austim are a great partner and timber supplier. Our business is based on the East Coast of Australia and we partner with Austim for WA projects. We have had a long lasting and great working relationship with Austim for many years. Highly recommend them.
daniel wright
daniel wright
06:31 18 Jun 19
Austim is always the first place I try when I need timber and it’s rare that I can’t get what I need there. Stuart is a rare gem of a gent to deal with – quick to respond to any queries, full of good advice and goes out of his way to help get whatever project I’m working on happening to my schedule, even when all I need is a few sticks and a handful of fixings. Highly recommend Austim, the team and young Stuart.
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00:51 16 Nov 18
Stuart went out of his way to make sure we got the product we wanted. He made suggestions on possible constructions and timbers suitable. Very knowledgeable friendly staff all around. Excellent experience, highly recommended.
Holger Butenschon
Holger Butenschon
05:14 22 May 18
Hi Ben,Just wanted to thankyou for your help and advice in our selection of the Millboard Vintage Oak decking also in you recommending Grant from Premier Hardwood Decking. Grant has just completed our decking and we couldn't have asked for a more professional, reliable and competent tradesman. The decking has been installed to a very high standard and the decking itself is stunning. Ian and Sue
susan smith
susan smith
06:27 08 Oct 18
I've used Austim on a few occasions for home projects like decking and pergola, etc and each time the response to my requests for price and delivery have been excellent, the deliveries took place as negotiated, the timber quality was great and value for money. The team at Austim do a great job and make dealing with Austim a breeze.
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
09:06 25 Oct 18
I have worked with Austim for around 8 years now and they are one of the best suppliers in perth to deal with. I would highly recommend to use them for any timber needs!!!
Art of Timber
Art of Timber
07:55 05 Mar 20
I had been looking for some cedar for my kayak project and had rung a couple of other places with no luck. When I contacted Austim they were very helpful, had the timber in stock and I was on my was in 20 minutes. The wood was very good quality and has really finished up beautifully. Thanks to Austim.
mark alderson
mark alderson
02:03 08 Apr 17
I"d like to thank Austim for there help in supplying me with material that firstly I thought I'd have trouble sourcing as it was marring up with originally 30 year old existing timber.My project was not a massive project but still needed the attention of an new build.The timber supplied by Austim was machined to size with absolute perfection, where I had to remove old pieces and replace with the new pieces they fitted perfectly.once the floors are re-sanded and varnished they will be back to there former glory. Thanks again to the staff at Austim.Regards Bob Heppenstall.I've just added a finished photo after the Floor Sanding was completed.Original timber was Tassie Oak, and the new is Vic Ash, as you can see there is only a slight variation in the final product.I hope this gives anyone thinking doing the same the confidence to proceed. Regards Bob Heppenstall.
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10:05 12 Oct 18
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