Leading home renovation and design platform Houzz.com.au has
described Australia as a renovation nation with 1 in 10 renovating or
decorating their home every month. More than 13,000 Australian homeowners
revealed their love for renovations in the new Houzz Australia Report that
found 12% renovating or decorating their homes monthly and nearly a third (30%)
at least every 3-6 months. The report also found that 75% of Aussies plan
on decorating their homes and 38% plan a major renovation in the next two years.
Most Aussie homeowners are proud of their homes, with Melburnians being
the most house-proud at 74%, and Sydneysiders coming in at the bottom of the
list. On average, Australian homeowners believe they have achieved just 63% of
their vision for their home. Even Melburnians are unsatisfied with 40% planning
to decorate in the next six months. Key motivators for home projects include improving
the look and feel of the space (77%), improving its functionality (63%), and adapting
the home for life stage changes (31%).
Neutral colour for the front door takes the top spot with two-thirds of
Australians indicating this preference while a few dare to go bold with blue
(6%), red (5%) and green (5%). Yellow and green follow white in the preference order
for indoor colours, especially the dining room, and blues and purples in the
Kitchens on the Chopping Block
One in four Aussies plans to update their kitchen in the next 12 months
(26%), with a similar number (23%) reporting that it’s the area of their home
that is most in need of renovation. A designer kitchen tops the Australian’s
wish-list (42%) when given the choice to add any feature to the home,
irrespective of cost.
Style by State
More than half of Australian homeowners (55%) prefer contemporary and
modern styles, followed by traditional (23%) and eclectic (19%). Sydney leads
the trend in global influences, as the most likely to pick up Asian, European
and Scandinavian styles (17%), whilst Adelaide-residents prefers eclectic
and vintage designs for their homes (31%). Unsurprisingly, 34% of those
preferring tropical are based in Brisbane. Despite the nation’s keen interest
in home design, nearly 1 in 10 still finds it challenging to define their
How Eco Are Aussie Homes?
Most Australians like to make eco-friendly choices for their homes,
including energy-saving light bulbs (69%), insulation (69%), low flow showers
(37%), rainwater tanks (36%), composting systems (34%) and low flow toilets
(33%). Nearly a quarter are even installing solar panels (24%). Adelaide
dwellers are most likely to take advantage of natural resources, with 53%
choosing to introduce rainwater tanks and 33% installing solar panels. In
Brisbane, indoor eco-features lead the way, with homeowners most likely to
choose low flow showers (43%) and energy saving bulbs (73%).
According to Houzz Australia Managing Director Jason Chuck, the report
confirms Australians are keen home design enthusiasts always looking for ways
to update their home. These insights from Australian homes will help make the
home renovation and design process more fun and productive for everyone.