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Based on the ‘less is more’ philosophy, while relatively new, there’s a history to modern style homes dating back to around the 1920’s. There is a feeling with this general style to design and build to capture a modern feel and look at a price point to achieve good value for money.

Ever evolving to suit current day design trends, initial examples were more box-like, but have evolved to typically include eave and verge overhangs with simple pitched roof designs. Some better examples over time, have been influenced by wider eave overhangs and oversized windows, generally around outdoor living zones.

Cabinets to Kitchens, bathrooms and ensuites would typically have plain doors as opposed to fancy moulded doors, with a mix of colours complementing the décor of the houses internals. Often laminated timber feature doors and panels are used in kitchens, often to overhead cupboards, or full height pantry door,  with a more subtle finish on other finishes.

Internal doors are generally plain with single bevel architraves and skirting boards.


Gaining popularity and appreciation, current Contemporary house designs generally take the look of square box like forms, often with a flat or skillion roof.

Clean lines, and focusing on larger open living zones, with floor to ceiling windows allowing an abundance of light and space to enter into high use living zones. Good passive solar design principles support this type of house design.

With minimalistic decoration, Contemporary designs often work on the ‘more is less’ philosophy, with neutral tones and plain hard render finishes externally, large picture windows with a concerted effort to connect the inside with well thought out living spaces.  

Similarly, internals features such as the doors, architraves, skirting boards and cabinets would generally also be minimalistic, often with modern minimal light fittings.

Black door furniture and bathroom accessories has become a popular choice of late.    

New French Provincial

Displays of outstanding workmanship was of great importance in the chateaus of France, and the French Provincial style home has become extremely popular with certain segments of the Melbourne knock-down rebuild market over recent years.

Traditional French Provincial design can be traced back many hundred of years. It’s thought that returning soldiers from WW1 brought home their memories of those beautiful buildings they experienced during their time abroad, and using those features to influence their future housing designs and needs.


Generally described as an elegant classical look, with ornate carvings, mouldings and decorative wrought iron, and often designed with Mansard roof features, the style today has arguably been confused to suit the many looks that the market has demanded, in short to service the budget of the end user, and perhaps to meet planning guidelines to meet certain neighbourhood character requirements.

Internally classic moulded doors, architraves and skirtings boards are timely features, with large decorative cornices and inspiring curved ornate staircases.

Timber parquetry flooring sits well with this style. For consideration of your French Provincial kitchen consider country or traditional kitchens designs. Similar to Hamptons style kitchens in some ways, French Provincial kitchens have their roots in the traditions of century old designs.

These kitchens are traditional, beautiful and highly detailed. They celebrate the skilled craftsmen who put them together for function as well as style. Simple, natural materials that were available centuries ago form the basis of the materials that should be used when you create your own beautiful take on the French Provincial style.

If you have the desire and budget, introducing a mantles into the kitchen creates a real sense of timelessness, and can be a real focal point.

Mouldings such as corbels and carvings such as reeding and half turned posts turn up the warmth and add a sense of timelessness. Profiles are the mouldings on doors and the edge of benchtops that provide the bumps and grooves that add interest and decoration. The door profile can be carried through other parts of the kitchen as panelling to tie the whole look together.

Teamed up with natural stone benchtops will ensure a traditional kitchen, featured with todays modern appliances will provide both the right visual outcome with enduring features.

Art Deco

Created around the mid 1920’s, the roaring 20’s, Art Deco styling was born. Times were changing, Jazz music popular, this was a time for a new influential art design.

At the height of this period, it was heavily influenced by not only artists and fashion designers including furniture and jewellery design but also by Architects and builders too.

Those interpretations moved away from organic shapes, Art Deco was an eclectic mix of styles referencing modernism and futurism. It was characterised by geometric shapes, curved walls and smooth lines and symmetrical patterns. Colours were bright and vivid, contrasting sharply against modern materials like steel and Bakelite.

Archaeological discoveries like the treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb flared an international interest in all things Egyptian which ultimately influenced and fuelled the popularity of Art Deco.

Art Deco architecture is highly decorative. Many fine examples can be found in Melbournes buildings, including not just homes but also in cinemas, hotels and railway stations. Typically they were marked with Egyptian type motifs and similar geometric patterns.

Art Deco house of the 1930’s was more streamline, uncluttered and featured nautical themes and porthole windows. Internally cornices, doors, architraves and skirting boards were ornate to some description, but toned down from the more period style homes.  

The use of natural timber finishes internally for floors finishes, doors, architraves and skirting boards with a clear finish was a popular characteristic. Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry was much less opulent in that time, but todays examples would include natural stone finishes with shaker or ornate door finishes to add a high level of finish demanded by todays market. There are some great examples of Art Deco homes that can be found in the suburbs of Melbourne, such as Toorak, Armadale, Elwood and Ivanhoe.


Based on Gothic revival Architecture, Period Homes in Australia were heavily influenced by English and to some degree, American Architecture and house styles. 

Popular around the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s, Period style homes in Australia were very well built, ornate homes with closed rooms, often with a Fireplace to each main room. 

Today, Period style homes, often located in more affluent suburbs are highly sought after and expensive, desirable luxurious homes. 

Today, Period style homes, often located in more affluent suburbs are highly sought after and expensive, desirable luxurious homes. 

When selecting a style of kitchen for a period property, make sure you include traditional features, such as shaker style or moulded traditional style doors with lots of detail. Square solid corner moulds create a real feel of distinction. The finish of these cabinets is traditionally with a light neutral colour range. Large free-standing cookers add that real old world look with modern features.

A contemporary approach can also work thanks to its eye-catching contrast. The idea is to make a distinct break and incorporate clutter-free clean lines, quartz worksurfaces, handleless units and integrated appliances.

Island units, work tables, benches, trolleys and larder cupboards are all compatible with a Period style kitchen.


The name – Hampton, is a term given to the style of houses typical of the beach houses located in the Hamptons located on the eastern end of Long Island outside of New York State, USA.

Hamptons beach houses typically consist of pitched roofs generally with weatherboard claddings, big front verandahs framed in large square columns and have a real coastal, timely cool, but sophisticated breezy feel about them.

Over recent years, Hampton style houses have become popular with Melbournians wanting to create that relaxed environment for their everyday family home.

The casual elegance of a Hampton Style kitchen perfectly suits the Australian lifestyle, reflecting a relaxed attitude to life that is both inviting and comfortable.

Along with vertical timber panelling used internally, light, beachy colour schemes are a hallmark of the Hampton kitchen, reflecting the style’s coastal heritage. Colour palette of soft greys, blues, whites and creams evoke a sense of relaxation and a comfortable existence while you’re in that environment.  Cabinetry in matching verticals timbers create a mix of connection with stone benchtops giving a natural warmth to the coolness in the kitchen and bathrooms.

A well designed family room off the kitchen with a well though-out Alfresco area is essential, where families and friends feel comfortable to get together, entertain, cook and relax.

The classic look of a well built and designed Hampton Style home will truly stand the test of time.

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