The five interior trends reflected in Home Beautiful’s 50 best rooms

Kitchen featured in Home Beautiful’s top 50 beautiful rooms. Photographer: Brigid Arnott.

Home Beautiful acting editor Katrina O’Brien nominates the top five trends that dominated the magazine’s annual 50 Beautiful Rooms competition.

Each year, Home Beautiful magazine names its 50 Beautiful Rooms, a gorgeously curated selection of some of the country’s loveliest interiors, as created by homeowners rather than designers.

The rooms aren’t just fabulous to look at: they encompass some of the biggest trends happening in interiors, too.

We asked HB’s acting editor, Katrina O’Brien, to name the top five trends that dominate the Beautiful Rooms list.

Raw appeal  

“Texture in all its fabulous forms came through as a major trend in this year’s 50 Beautiful Rooms. Our winning room really celebrated this with concrete floors and a show-stopping concrete bench-top, which was one of my favourite pieces in this year’s competition. Copper accents are coming through in a big way – think tap-ware, finishes. And then there are the original features such as exposed beams, slated roof’s and pressed-metal ceilings.”

Bedroom in QLD featured in Home Beautiful’s top 50 beautiful rooms.
Photographer: John Downs.

Updated monochrome 

Black and white remains one of the most enduring looks in the competition, and really in interior decorating and design as a whole. And it comes in all forms – in tiles, soft furnishings such as cushions and linen, cabinetry and finishes. It’s also seen in every room: kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and lounge rooms. But it’s the additions that really make it modern. Timber touches, such as an upcycled vanity in a black-and-white bathroom, are added to up the warmth, while golden-hued tap-ware and light fittings are helping to create a little monochrome bling.”

Stories told 

Beautiful rooms always tell a story about the people who live there, and in this year’s list, there were plenty of tales to be told. Personal touches were everywhere. In one room, a unique pendant light was custom made using a cane lobster pot – a nod to the home’s riverside location – while in another a beautiful piece of art was hung effortlessly from a picture rail using string and a pair of golden bulldog clips. Another tells a multitude of stories on its walls, with framed holiday moments and pieces collected throughout the years.

Bedroom in NSW featured in Home Beautiful’s top 50 beautiful rooms.
Photographer: John Downs.

Timber tops

Timber, in all its forms, was a major trend this year. Used as an accent to warm up a space such as a kitchen or bathroom or in a pretty room that needed grounding, this texture has enduring appeal. In one highly finished and sophisticated kitchen, black and white was the dominate palette with sleek cabinetry and finishes in gold. But rather than painting the exposed wooden rafters white, they were left bare, to bring a sense of rawness and liveability to the luxe.

Tile style

We’ve known this for a while at HB, but this year’s 50 Beautiful Rooms brings the point home – tiles are really it in any space. While the palette remained consistent and strong in our winning kitchen, the kickboard on the super-sized island elevated the piece to star attraction thanks to a black-and-white boxed-out cement tile. Bathrooms, powder rooms and entryways featured statement patterned floors and walls in all sorts of shapes – scallop, hexagon, chevron – and colours (mosaic green was a particular favourite of mine). Used sparingly in a small space such as a powder room floor or a splashback, tiles can be a cost-effective way to make a huge style impact.”

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