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2024 Design Trends - Whats In & Whats Out In Development

In the ever-changing realm of property development, staying up to date with the latest design trends is crucial for crafting spaces that resonate with and cater to the preferences of prospective buyers. 


As 2024 approaches, now is the perfect moment to delve into the upcoming design trends that will shape the property development landscape in the New Year.


From cutting-edge architectural innovations to evolving interior design aesthetics, the industry is undergoing dynamic shifts that redefine the concept of desirable living spaces. 


This post delves into the 2024 design trends, exploring what's in and what's out to provide developers with insights to stay ahead of the curve.


Let’s get into it…


Stone Selection - IN

Stone Selection

Given the recent updates in Building Standards related to stone, the careful consideration of stone selection has become imperative for every project. Moreover, the choice of stone and its elements serves as the focal point, the HERO, in any design space.


Strategically placing your feature or hero stone in kitchen areas is a logical decision, allowing it to shine prominently. Conversely, for spaces like bathrooms, en-suites, and laundry rooms, opting for a secondary stone from a more budget-friendly range that still complements the feature stone is a sensible approach.


Ultra Modern Minimalism - OUT

Ultra Modern Minimalism

In the evolving landscape of development and design, there is a notable shift towards embracing textures, patterns, and a vibrant palette. The era of an all-white aesthetic is fading away, making room for a more intricate and colourful approach.


This evolving trend in design is marked by a distinct preference for the incorporation of curves, diverse textures, and contrasting elements. The architectural landscape is witnessing a departure from uniformity, and instead, there is a growing emphasis on elements that contribute to the development of character within spaces. 


The infusion of these architectural intricacies not only adds an element of uniqueness but also introduces a gentle and inviting touch to the overall ambiance of the surroundings, making a home more welcoming to the end buyer.


Sustainable Architecture - IN

Sustainable Architecture

In the 2024 design landscape, sustainable and eco-friendly architecture has transcended its previous status as a niche consideration to become an integral cornerstone in residential design. 


As developers, we are at the forefront of this transformative shift, increasingly embracing a comprehensive approach to environmental responsibility. This is evident in the meticulous selection of green building materials, the incorporation of energy-efficient designs, and the seamless integration of renewable energy sources. 


The focus extends beyond mere compliance, with a commitment to creating structures that not only minimise environmental impact but also prioritise resource optimization and long-term resilience.


Cooper and Rose Gold Accents - OUT

Cooper and Rose Gold Accents

The era when opting for rose gold fixtures was considered a chic and contemporary choice for both kitchens and bathrooms has come to an end. This sentiment extends to gold accents as well, whether they manifest in lighting fixtures, handles, taps, or decor elements. 


The adage "less is more" holds true, as an excess of these metallic tones can overpower the aesthetic and render the spaces a bit too monotonous. Consequently, the once-popular rose gold, in particular, is now perceived as being a tad excessive. As design sensibilities evolve, there arises a collective acknowledgment that balance and moderation in incorporating metallic finishes contribute to a more timeless and refined interior aesthetic.


Office Nooks - IN

Office Nooks

As the trend of remote work becomes more widespread, the need for cosy study nooks within homes is on the rise. Acknowledging this shift in the way people approach work, as developers we should tactfully incorporate compact and visually appealing study spaces into project designs.


These study nook solutions are crafted to cater to the changing needs of individuals, highlighting not just functionality but also a seamless integration with the overall functional living aesthetic. 


In the realm of multi-dwelling developments, where the success lies in the efficiency of a layout, the emphasis is on creating study nooks that are both space-efficient and appealing. This thoughtful integration signifies a dedication to offering residents versatile and inviting environments, perfectly attuned to the evolving preferences in work habits and lifestyle choices.


Subway Tiles - OUT

Subway Tiles

This topic often sparks debates among design enthusiasts. While the classic rectangular tile, reminiscent of the iconic walls of the New York subway, radiates timeless charm, its widespread use presents a dual challenge.


Although it has endured the test of time, its popularity has reached a point where it may be deemed somewhat overused. Now, with the availability of an extensive array of stone designs and patterns, the subway tile is gradually losing its prominence as people are opting for tiles with a more 'natural' appearance.


However, I won't hold it against you if you choose to maintain the charm of subway tiles.


Engineered Flooring - IN 

Engineered Flooring

Traditionally a solid timber floor has been the way to go in these residential development projects, but in recent times engineered flooring has really picked up its game. Its quality is there, and its selection is much greater than the solid timber floor itself. Of course, the pricing is much friendlier using an engineered board. 


Not only is the product more cost-effective, but the actual laying and finishing it is much easier, doubling down on the cost-effectiveness. So, you are saving on both the product and installation in many cases.






As property developers continue to shape the landscape of our communities, staying attuned to design trends is paramount. Whether it's creating sustainable architectural wonders or crafting interiors that align with Australian lifestyles, the key is to strike a balance between timeless elements and contemporary flair. 


By understanding what's in and what's out, developers can create spaces that not only meet the current demands of buyers but also stand the test of time in an ever-evolving industry. Expensive does not always mean best, and in 2024, it's about delivering high-end aesthetics with intelligent and cost-effective design choices.


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