Queenslanders go high tech to future proof homes
Smarter technology in Queensland homes will be ramped up this year with appliances and furnishings from the kitchen to the bathroom.
Porter Davis Queensland lead interior designer Janelle Miles said streamlining was a new buzzword for 2019, enabling all areas of the home to work better together to create harmonious spaces.
Most buyers who are investing in smart fixtures and features throughout their homes are commonly undertaking new builds, Ms Miles said.
“This is mainly due to the ease of installation and the ability to personalise aspects that cater to the individual’s tastes and desires,” she said.
“Technology is becoming increasingly affordable and more common to have in your home. In saying this, renovations can lead to a lot of unknowns and factors that might become quite costly to a buyer who is looking to retrofit these emerging technologies.”
She said sleek and smooth kitchens would become the norm, achieved by “streamlining’’ technology, cabinetry and appliances to create a luxurious and harmonious space.
Smart fridges and voice-controlled appliances would be standard and expect to see less fixtures and fittings as kitchens evolve as handless spaces, including practical touch control cabinets.
“This look will be complemented with natural finishes, including light marbles and dark timbers to contrast. Chrome is still king, however matte black will continue to trend with brushed brass and gunmetal immerging in tapware offerings,” she said.
Ms Miles said technology was becoming increasingly integrated within our daily lives due to our active lifestyles.
“This demand has flowed into the design world where we are beginning to see technology emerge more often within the home,” she said.
“For example, coming home late at night and being able to remotely activate the house’s lighting, cooling and security, all from the user’s smartphone.”
Fixtures, bold splashbacks and benchtops will be used to create a layering effect of textures and colours to personalise the heart of the home.
Smart fixtures will also make an appearance within the bathroom, offering advanced technology shower accessories with automated innovations and more personalised offerings.
Ms Miles said bathrooms were no longer the sterile, utilitarian spaces in a home.
“More and more we are seeing them become a room fitted with furniture and decor that creates a spa-like experience. These rooms are becoming places of respite and relaxation, exciting the user’s senses through additions of soft furnishings and aromatics,” she said.
“Smart features are becoming increasingly popular in order to customise these user experiences. From thermostatic temperature controls, automated sensors and lighting, to illuminated bathroom fixtures and fittings, we are seeing huge technological advancements finding their way into our water closets.’’
For more styling inspiration, visit Porter Davis’ World of Style (WOS) showroom in Fortitude Valley or online via qld.porterdavis.com.au/world-of-style