At The Design Files, we pride ourselves on seeking out and documenting real Australian homes. The homes we shoot are an eclectic mix of grand, architectural masterpieces, Victorian terraces, mid-century modernist gems, coastal shacks, tiny city apartments, and everything in between. Were not slaves to trends - but we do see a lot of houses, and we get a first-hand sense of what works in modern Australian homes.

Here are some of the key trends we’re seeing in Australian homes right now:

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Pastel Pink

Millenial pink isn’t going away anytime soon - we’re still seeing soft pastel pinks and coral tones as a great alternative to white in contemporary interiors. These tones work particularly well with pale blonde timber and lime washed floors.

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Shades of Blue

Likewise, we’re loving the varied uses of blue we’ve been spotting in modern interiors recently. From soft pastel shades, to deeper, dusty hues, blue is a versatile base and a great alternative to grey. A great solution for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, these cool tones work well with marble bench tops and ceramic tiles.

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shades of blue walls
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Textured Walls

Wall treatment isn’t always just about colour - texture is important too. We can’t get enough of internal painted timber panelling, whether used on walls or cabinetry, this adds graphic interest and is hard-wearing in high traffic spaces. Alternatively, textured paint surfaces are a great way to add interest - we love rugged concrete-style finishes, and chalky, textured interior walls reminiscent of rendered plasterwork.

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