Latest Home Design Trends for 2021

Choosing a Home Design

Home Design

When you’re investing in a new home, you need to choose an exterior you love both now and one which will also stand the test of time. While many people building a brand-new home want an on-trend façade (the front of your home), you also don’t want the design details to fall out of style within the next few years or even more quickly. This takes a delicate balance of exterior design trends blended with timelessness and it is something at which our Display Village Builders excel.

Bright and Breezy

Home Design

Trending house designs for 2021 indicate that bright and airy interiors are coming into vogue, so it only makes sense that adding extra exterior windows is on-trend too. Australian home builders’ designs are already created with lifestyle and comfort in our warmer climate in mind, so in Australia this bright and airy trend translates into indoor/ outdoor living spaces where entertaining and making the most of light and breezes are factored in. Many of the Display Homes at North Harbour have stunning alfresco areas which you can view on our website here.

With conditions in 2020 meaning we spent more time in our homes and gardens than ever before, we predict that 2021 trends will reflect this lifestyle change.


An Aussie favourite exterior home design trend which is back for 2021 is the pergola. When paired with some beautiful greenery and blooms incorporating leafy shade and climbing plants, a pergola will not only provide covering for shade but takes your garden design up a notch. You can view a front pergola on the façade and an alfresco pergola in the garden of Coral Homes’ Hamptons Style Lisbon 31 at North Harbour. Again, pergolas add to the liveability of your home, allowing shady spots within the garden to transform your living space and offer the perfect location for a stay-cation! You can even add a spa, daybed, outdoor bar and BBQ to your pergola to make your home even more delightful.

Creamy White Paint

Home Design

The right shade of white paint will never go out of style. The number of shades of white available may astound you, but if you find the right shade, that works with your fixed elements, white exterior paint is timeless and classic and bang on trend for 2021. White also reflects the sun so is a great colour choice in Australia and particularly the warm climes of Queensland. Homes by CMA at North Harbour have made stunning use of the white shades colour palette in their two homes in our Display Village, click here for walkthroughs and more information.

Architectural Doors

Leading exterior designers are going on record to say that your front door should be the focal point of the façade of your home. In 2021, neutral-coloured doors in a wood tone with unique architectural designs are the ones to watch out for. Designers also predict that homeowners will be opting for wider doors and large sidelights. You can see some fabulous front doors in our 29 home Display Village at North Harbour. Bang on trend and stunning to look at, definitely a statement feature for any façade.

Swapping Curved Lines for Straight

2021 is the year of straight lines. Arched windows certainly had their time in the 90s and 2000s, and they still can look great on certain homes. However, straight-line windows can instantly give your design an on-trend look and modernize it enough to take it into the future and keep it there.

Natural Wood Accents

In 2021, natural colours and wood accents are making a comeback. So, if you’re wanting to try one trend that’s likely here to stay, we recommend finding a place on your home’s exterior to put some wood (or composite type for less maintenance). Whether it’s your front door, fence, decorations, the aforementioned pergola or some on trend furniture, find a place and embrace the wood trend.

Dark Colours

Home Design

In the last couple of years, we have seen an upswing in darker paint for home interiors as well as black fixtures and fittings in kitchens and bathrooms. And we can see why! Dark paint is dramatic and eye-catching on exteriors, particularly paired with white as a main colour. Try black window frames and accents to make your house design balanced between bang on trend and effortlessly classic.

Home Designs at North Harbour

To check out the latest home designs visit North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre and Display Village. Open seven days a week, 10am-5pm, we’re located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East. The Display Village showcases 29 stunning Display Homes from 14 of Australia’s best new home builders. To find out more about living at North Harbour as well as trending house designs sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram (@northharbourliving).

Building Your First Home? Check Out These Fabulous Kitchen Design Ideas

Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the heart of every home, or at least the place where you are most likely to sit with visitors, so you want it to be comfortable, stylish, and practical. And hey, if it is so beautiful that it makes your friends weep with envy when they pop in for a coffee…so much the better!

When you are deciding on the look and feel of your kitchen, consider the long-term appeal of your design. A highly stylised, on-trend kitchen might look great in the short term, but what appeals to you now may well look very out-of-date in a few years. And, while looks are important, they should not come at the expense of your kitchen’s functionality.

When it comes to choosing your brand-new kitchen design, your theme and size of the cupboards and worktops, and sorting out the right layout of the room are vital elements. But don’t overlook your appliances and fixtures and fittings, as these are equally important and can help make or break the whole functionality as well as the look and feel of the room.

Some things to remember when you’re choosing appliances, fixtures and fittings are:

1 – Do they fit in with the overall kitchen design?

2 – Are they well-made and long lasting?

3 – Will they be practical and easy to use?

5 – Is your choice a design that’s readily available now, and is it likely to still be made if you need replacements in the future?

6 – Does it fit in with your kitchen design budget?


Kitchen Design

One of the biggest kitchen design decisions you will need to make is the type of benchtops to go for. Your choice will have a big impact on the overall look of your kitchen design, and your benchtop is also the hardest working surface in your kitchen, so durability needs to be factored in. There are plenty of materials to choose from, we have got a brief rundown of some of them for you below.

  • Caesarstone: The most popular choice of benchtop material, Caesarstone is made using quartz mixed with resins. Available in a range of colours, from bright whites to dark greys, you can choose either a solid colour or have flecks of different-coloured stone through it to add a pop of colour and mix and match with your appliance, fixtures and fittings choices.
  • Laminate benchtops: If your kitchen build is on a tighter budget then laminate will be your best option, but that does not mean you have to compromise on looks. Laminate has the widest range of colours and offers designs that imitate more expensive materials such as timber, stone and even concrete.
  • Timber benchtops: Timber can bring a touch of warmth and character to your kitchen when you’re using colder materials like glass and stainless steel elsewhere in the kitchen and offers a classic and country look and feel to your kitchen design.
  • Solid surface: Solid surface benchtops are formed from an acrylic resin with a filler of alumina. The joins between each piece of benchtop are invisible after they are installed, so the finish looks like one big slab of stone.
  • Polished concrete benchtops: Polished concrete is becoming more common and is often used to add contrast to timber or glossy joinery by using concrete on benchtops, over a wall as a cool backdrop to open shelves or as an island bench and top in one.
  • Marble benchtops: Marble is a gorgeous, natural stone that is commonly used in luxury, high-end kitchens as a benchtop and splashback material. It is a classic and stylish option, but it comes with an extremely high installation cost and substantial upkeep.
  • Granite benchtops: Granite makes a beautiful and sturdy surface for your kitchen benchtop. However, you’ll need a significant budget – it’s the second most expensive material after marble. On the plus side, there are hundreds of styles and colours to choose and it can withstand pretty much anything.


Home Builders

One of the most visible aspects of designing your kitchen is the selection of cabinet fronts. Cabinetry (i.e. cupboard/ door/ drawers) comes in a variety of designs, textures and materials. Your overall kitchen design should always guide your choice of cabinets.

There are plenty of options to choose from, from flat modern styles, to Shaker, sliding or soft close and even electronic doors. Finishes can be solid timber joinery to glass, or 2 pac with custom paint colours and finishes. The expert home builders in North Harbour’s Display Village can help you match your inspiration with functionality and design excellence and can work with you to find the best fit for your look and feel, within your budget.


First Home Buyer Tips

The splashback you choose will have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your kitchen.

While often the material used for your benchtops can be also used as your splashback, it isn’t essential that they match and in fact your kitchen splashback is one of the easiest components to have fun with when it comes to kitchen design. You can choose from a variety of materials from glass and tile to stainless steel and more, colour is only limited by your imagination.

Find North Harbour

To check out the latest kitchen designs and tips, visit North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village. Open seven days a week, 10am-5pm, we’re located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East. The Display Village showcases 29 stunning Display Homes (including the latest in stylish and innovative kitchen design) from 14 of Australia’s best new home builders. To find out more about living at North Harbour as well as great First Home Buyer tips sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving).