A Guide to the Best Home Build Design Trends For 2023

Ian Mutuli
Updated on
Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Get Smarter On Architecture and Design

Get the 3-minute weekly newsletter keeping 5K+ designers in the loop.

Enter your Email to Sign up


With the new year here, are you ready to build the home of your dreams? 

The new year is a great time to start fresh, whether that is renovating your kitchen, redesigning your living room, or completing a luxury design build. 2023, doesn’t see a whole lot of ground breaking build design trends, instead, it sees a stripped back approach that is more authentic, open, yet at the same time strongly about visual aesthetic and exciting forms. 

Great design is functional and importantly, caters to your needs. Whether that is an open office space, a larger kitchen or a tranquil bathroom made for relaxation purposes, building or renovating your dream home is an extremely exciting time but we know it can seem daunting and a massive task. But, with the right Gold Coast builders it can be seamless and hassle-free.

Here is a guide to the best build designs! 

Emphasise natural light 

Designing a house that maximises natural light isn’t only good for your energy bills, it can also help reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood and improve your focus. Multi-functional living areas with an emphasis on natural light will remain at the forefront of home designs in 2023, especially with the increased amount of people spending more time working from home. 

Large windows, high ceilings and skyline features assist in providing air flow and light into your home. A well designed home is a comfortable one, and adding more natural light makes for a more livable space. 

Less White 

We all know white to be a safe option when it comes to a paint colour, one that gives an illusion of a bigger space. However, despite its benefits many people are 

moving towards focusing on creating a productive environment, while also enjoying elements of fun and play. This has seen a resurgence in more bold wall colours! 2023 is the time to be bold and sees a colourful revolution inspired by fashion, travel and in some ways, a more colourful and bountiful year. 

Earth Textures 

Gold Coast builders Davey Constructions predicts that this year will see more tactile use of materials such as wood, plaster, bronze and leather. Earthier textures are in and we will continue to see a lot of earthier finishes like plaster, clay and lime washes. 

There will also be greater use of experimentation with textures like raked plaster, rough clay or grainy stuccos. These have really stood out as a popular option because they’re durable and can be made water resistant. 

Multifunctional spaces 

With the last few years seeing more time at home, it means there has been an increased demand for multi-functional spaces and separate areas that allow members of the household to enjoy their own space.  2023, sees a return to separate rooms and zoning, leaving the open plan living, a thing of the past. There is a growing trend for spaces that are connected but can also be closed with sliding doors to provide flexibility and privacy for individuals. 

While we move towards a world beyond the pandemic, it has still seen the importance of creating a space that needs to have more than one use. Spaces will now serve multiple purposes and living spaces now function as relaxation zones and work spaces too. 

Curved edges 

The growing trend of embracing curves in cabinetry design, walls, alcoves, ceilings, windows and more are here to stay! Curves provide a sense of softness to the space, while also bringing a sense of flow and tranquillity. 

2023, will see rounded details expand  to new areas of the home and take shape in new ways. Wavy undulations have been seen in many exciting ways, but are now becoming a trend that is seen in millwork and stone backsplash detailing. This will continue into other aspects of architectural design. 

More relaxing spaces 

It doesn’t come as a surprise that more people are looking to make their homes more tranquil, relaxed and a place of calm. Design is a response to human needs, so it makes sense in the new year that we will see more value in instilling balance and calm in the living spaces, making it a place where individuals can switch off from work and technology. Natural textures, forms, colours and overall aesthetics will assist in creating these relaxed spaces. 

A relaxing space looks different for everyone so it is important you discuss with your Gold Coast builder what you envision for your relaxed space. Each luxury build should be uniquely tailored to your personality and lifestyle. 

Increased kitchen size 

The kitchen is often the focal point of the home. 2023 sees a move to kitchens becoming larger in size, making them even more distinctly the heart of the home. Open plan kitchens offer more light and space and more freedom to move. We will see more avant-garde style kitchens that assist in contributing to creating light and space.

Gone are the days where the kitchen was just for cooking. Recent design and societal trends have positioned the kitchen as a more social, multi-use space utilising open plan layouts, island breakfast bars  and more natural warm elements to make kitchens not only more functional and accessible but also more pleasant to be in.

Attention to detail 

Attention to detail has always been important, but more than ever new home builds and renovations see more personalised, individualised and thought out designs. 

The rise of social media and design influencers on platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram have normalised design and architecture, making it more accessible and easier to communicate your vision when planning your dream home build or renovation.

Selecting the right fittings and finishes has never been more in focus. Thankfully consumers have never had more choice in products to complement their desired look and style.

Now is the time to custom design your dream home and create a pure sense of luxury that suits your wants and needs. 

Images supplied by Davey Constructions.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Related Articles
interior design materials

Interior Design Materials That Add Depth and Character

The right choice of texture and materials in interior design holds significant importance as it determines the feel of your ...

Planter Design for Indoor Spaces

Trend Alert: The Latest in Planter Design for Indoor Spaces

Indoor planters are a great way to add life and light to your space. According to Allied Market Research, the ...

Composite Deck Skirting Ideas

Composite Deck Skirting Ideas – Enhance The Look & Functionality

Unleash the full potential of your deck with composite skirting ideas that add style, durability, and functionality to your outdoor ...