Design trends: Gold Coast homes are going back to black

Design trends: Gold Coast homes are going back to black

First it was white Hamptons, then pastel Palm Springs but in a complete about turn, Gold Coast architecture and interiors are going back to black.

Onyx, a multi-level, master-built and engineered home in Palm Beach, is the latest example of the dramatic design trend and it is attracting plenty of attention.

Created by Story Design Collective and built by local husband and wife team Nicquel and Sam Carmichael of Carmichael Build, Onyx is unapologetically dark, bold and broody.

Mrs Carmichael, who has a background in development management, said the property’s dramatic colour palette and natural textures mixed with greenery had been inspired by Melbourne architecture.

“Traditionally, people on the Gold Coast have tended to shy away from darker tones, however, there is a new wave of custom houses using bold black interiors and exteriors in suburbs across the city and buyers are welcoming it,” Mrs Carmichael said.

“The Eagle House at Burleigh Heads, which recently sold for more than $4m and other multimillion-dollar new-builds in Koala Park and elsewhere, feature comparable colour palettes and striking design elements.

“Done right, black can be sophisticated and alluring. It is a statement of strength but also one of comfort. In feng shui, black represents the water element and symbolises calmness and depth.”

Designed to capture light and sea breezes, Onyx’s ground level has 2.7m-high ceilings and fluid transitions between the living spaces and its multiple alfresco terraces, which include a pool area, entertaining deck, built-in barbecue, and sunken fire pit.

A spacious kitchen, with a large butler’s pantry and 5m-long island bench is the central hub on the ground level, which is also where a powder room, executive study with a private entry and an ensuite guest bedroom are located.

“The pandemic drove a massive shift towards working from home and we believe we will start to see more residential builds cater to the remote work trend, with exclusive office and breakout spaces,” Mrs Carmichael said.

The top level of the property is designated to sleeping quarters with a generous master suite with a double shower and dressing room occupying an entire wing.

Three additional bedrooms with built-in robes and study nooks, along with the main bathroom and an open rumpus room complete the space.

Harcourts Coastal Prestige director of lifestyle property Katrina Walsh said Onyx set a new benchmark for architecture in Palm Beach that was sure to inspire other developments in the suburb to push the boundaries of traditional design.

“Palm Beach as a suburb is experiencing exceptional growth with home sales lifting in price and land value increasing making this property a rare opportunity for a buyer that appreciates great architecture and unique design,” Ms Walsh said.

Onyx, at 6 Denawen Street, will go under the hammer on May 28.

Written by: Lisa Hughes, Gold Coast Bulletin
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