Australia’s Favourite Furniture Styles: Our Survey Reveals All

Modern and Contemporary furniture styles are Australia’s favourite interior décor choice. More rural locations prefer the Country style, while younger generations lean towards Scandinavian and Industrial styles.

These are just some of the statistics revealed through Brosa’s 2016 Furniture Style Survey. Brosa recently asked Australians to vote for their favourite furniture style, with more than 3,700 responding to the call.

This map shows our overall furniture style survey results:


The survey exposes some interesting trends in interior décor in Australia today. Our compatriots clearly gravitated towards the clean, streamlined aesthetics of Modern and Contemporary furniture. It’s not surprising, perhaps, that Contemporary claimed such a large proportion of the votes since people generally love what’s currently trending.

An interesting trend is a growing attention to Scandinavian and Industrial designs by younger generations, welcomed perhaps because of a resurgence in Scandinavian pop culture (such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as well as a growth in Scandinavian-inspired design stores.

In the cities, we’re also seeing a trend in warehouse conversions, which may encourage a preference for Industrial designs.

Perhaps less surprising is the preference for the light, airy designs of Country and Cottage styles, specifically in more isolated communities across Australia. Western Australia and Tasmania both chose Country as their top style, while it featured high on the list for the NT and Queensland, as well as on the outskirts of Melbourne.

No doubt inspired by their surroundings, these voters must love to bring a bit of the countryside indoors with the rusticity of Country furniture.

Read on for a description of the furniture styles listed in the survey, along with a more in-depth analysis of the state-by-state statistics.

Jump to State-by-State Rundown

Our Furniture Styles


Classic Contemporary

Classic Contemporary combines the elegance of traditional design with the minimalist look of contemporary décor. It borrows the classic lines and accents of eras past and blends them with the subtle hues and natural elements popular today. The result is modern furnishings with a quaint twist. With Classic Contemporary furniture, you may find button detailing, natural stone, wood or leather, and a streamlined finish.


Contemporary furniture is all about the present. It’s essentially furniture that’s being designed at this moment. In that sense it’s malleable, always changing, and borrowing facets of different styles and iconic pieces.

You’ll often find clean lines, simple shapes and natural materials mixed with industrial elements. Contemporary furniture also focuses on combining form with function – comfort remains important.


The Cottage style has roots in the US and is often regarded as warm, simple, rustic and full of provincial charm. Cottage furniture is more defined in its origins, dating back to the 1830s where it began appearing in affluent East Coast pockets like The Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard. Light, airy colour palettes and distressed wood often typify Cottage furnishings. Furniture tends to emphasise texture and clean lines.


Country furniture has remnants of European furniture but is associated with American farmers and pioneers.

Although Country furniture is known for its practical, long-lasting properties, it can feature refined, ornate wood carvings and design. To help the furniture’s longevity, the wood is often coated with lacquer or some protective varnish, which can give it a heavy appearance.


Eclectic represents a combination of styles from different periods and origins. This means it’s really a personalised collection of your own tastes. There are no rules for textures, fabrics or finishes. For example, you can lay a patterned blanket alongside a textured couch. Eclectic styles often begin with a neutral background to build upon.




As the name suggests, Industrial interior décor draws its inspiration from industry – warehouses and factories, for example. It showcases raw, exposed elements such as steel and brick, along with distressed woods. Industrial homes tend to have high ceilings and long, hanging light fixtures. Furniture is functional, with weathered or distressed effects and often just a dash of striking colour.


The Mid-Century Modern movement inspired some of the most iconic furniture pieces we know today. These pieces focus on minimalism, with a focus on functionality. In Mid-Century Modernism, you’ll see refined lines and organic shapes. Furniture from this style is typically made of new materials, such as aluminium and moulded plastic.


Modern refers to post-industrial furniture. Contrary to the Contemporary style, Modern represents a static period where furniture was revolutionised by machination and underpinned by clean lines, simple colours and minimalism.

Modern sofas are normally raised to guarantee that airy, open feel. Primary characteristics of modern design include minimal embellishments, bare floors and the use of polished metal.


Retro can encompass any furniture style that is culturally outdated but has enjoyed a revival. Its very outdatedness gives it a sort of vintage prestige that makes it sought-after once more. Retro furniture is typically borrowed from a style that is at least 15 to 20 years old. 




Much of interior décor and design has come fresh out of Scandinavia. This kind of design is renowned for its sculpted yet functional appeal. Scandinavian furniture tends to adopt a subdued colour palette along with natural materials. Any bright colours typically come from bold accents


Tuscan décor evokes the hills of Italy. As such, furniture is usually rustic, though elegant, with elaborate patterns, wrought-iron finishes and a weathered look. A Tuscan styled room is represented by its down-to-earth colour palette and earthy materials.

Australia’s Favourite Furniture Styles

Contemporary and Modern styles won 3 states or territories apiece, while WA and Tasmania surprised us with something a little different…

  •           ACT
  •           NSW
  •           NT
  •           QLD
  •           SA
  •           TAS
  •           VIC
  •           WA

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT gave us something new, as the only region to include Scandinavia in its top 3 pickings, placing it in the second spot. It was the younger generation that might have propelled it into top place, although a decent portion of those aged 45-64 also listed Scandinavian as their favourite style.

Interestingly, men were more interested in Scandinavian than women, rating it much higher than the national medium at a solid 12%. On the other hand, ACT females placed Contemporary equal first alongside Eclectic, a style that only sat 7th on the ladder for ACT men.

Tuscan rounds out the top 3 favourite styles for younger females between 25 and 34, while Industrial tops the chart for women aged 45-54. Intriguingly, Industrial is the least favourite option for men of the same age group, which begs the question how home styling is settled by middle-aged couples in the ACT.

Couples aged 65 and over are slightly more fortunate – women favoured Industrial over all other styles, while men put it in third place.

New South Wales

In New South Wales, the winning furniture style went right down to the wire, with Contemporary pipped at the post by Modern, by just two votes!

Once again, Scandinavian creeps into the top 3 for the younger generation. However, it’s the male vote that boosts it to the top 3; it finishes in 6th place for younger women. Industrial design takes out the top spot for women aged 25-34 (a style that their male contemporaries place last!). 

Couples aged 35-44 must find themselves totally in sync. Each gender lists their top 3 styles as Contemporary (top spot), Modern, and then Country.

Modern may have won the state’s vote, but those in Sydney show a clean preference for the Contemporary style, perhaps because the city slickers love to keep up with the latest trends.

Northern Territory


While the Northern Territory shows some allegiance with the rest of the country in picking Modern as its preferred furniture style, it follows that up with Cottage and Country styles. Perhaps these choices represent the need for airy, light and simplistic furniture in Australia’s tropical north.

NT men showed a clear preference for the Modern look, while women much-preferred Cottage or Country styles. This trend is mimicked in the breakdown of age groups, although women aged 45-54 prefer Modern along with their male contemporaries.

Meanwhile, men aged 55 and above diverged quite sharply from their younger generation’s preference for Modern, choosing Classic Contemporary (for ages 55-64) and Cottage (for ages 65+) as their preferred styles.


Queensland’s statistics mirror the country’s, with the same three styles – Contemporary, Modern and Country – competing for top billing. Here, Contemporary came out on top.

Yet while the state average reflects national choices, Queensland females have gone completely against the grain, giving their top spots to Country (with almost 25% of the vote) and Cottage (at nearly 15%). The fact that these options closely mimics the NT’s leads us to believe the outdoors lifestyle might play a role in furniture choices here.

If those aged 45-64 had it their way, Country would easily sit in top place. Indeed, Cottage, Country and Tuscan styles were all equal favourites for women aged 35-44 (in fact, Tuscan sees one of its highest national places in this segment).

However, Contemporary, Classic Contemporary and Modern styles win out with the younger generations, as they do with males of almost all ages.

South Australia

The clear frontrunner in SA was the Contemporary furniture style, with Classic Contemporary the next challenge (SA really likes contemporary styles it seems).

Country and Tuscan styles also make a resurgence among women in the state, although not enough to feature in the state top 3.

Interior décor may make an interesting turn in the future, with those aged 25-34 listing Scandinavian and Eclectic as their second and third favourite options. These statistics are likely driven by the females, nearly 20% of whom list Scandinavian as their favourite choice (Eclectic comes second with 15% of the vote).

Younger men mix it up, even more, bringing Cottage, Mid-Century and Country into the top 4 (with Modern still stealing top spot).


Country just beat out Modern furniture as the collective winner in the Apple Isle. However, in a startling find, not one age group listed it as their top pick, with two groups apiece choosing Modern and Cottage styles instead.

Interestingly, younger men differ quite substantially from their male superiors. Tasmanian men aged 25-44 commonly list Modern, Contemporary, Scandinavian and Industrial as their favourite furniture styles. Yet men aged 55 and above swing sharply to more individual styles, placing Country, Retro and Cottage in their top 3 mix.


Australia’s most European capital picked out Modern as their favourite furniture style, but dodged expectations by listing Country as their second pick. Country remained the most preferred option among Victorian women.

Generation Y choose Modern and Contemporary styles as their top choices, but with the older generations the preference swings towards Country and Cottage styles. In fact, Retro even peeks into third spot for women over 65.

Rural locations, and those on the edge of the city, lean more towards the Cottage style, perhaps to draw some of the inspiration from their natural surroundings indoors!

Western Australia

Western Australia surprised us by diverging from their mainland neighbours in favour of the Country style. A little less surprising, Modern and Contemporary were not too far behind, finishing second and third respectively.

Once again, it may have been WA women who propelled Country into to spot, with an impressive 20% of female voters preferring that style above all others. Western Australian men actually preferred the Modern style – but only by three votes.

A battle of the generations ensues in Western Australia. Those under 45 prefer Modern above all other styles, while those over 45 favour Country. Interestingly 65s and over chose Classic Contemporary as their preferred furniture choice. We also found an interesting quirk among men aged 45-54, who preferred Retro style above all others.




Did any of these findings surprise you? Did they follow your own preferences? Or have you preferred something thoroughly different from the mainstream?

We hope these statistics tell you something not just about what’s hot right now, but what trends we can expect to see more of in the future (Scandinavian and Industrial, for example).

If you’re inspired by any of these styles we’ve listed here, shop online at Brosa to find a whole range of designer furniture options waiting to refresh your living space.

Bedroom Storage Ideas: 24 Design Hacks You’ll Love

With the fast pace of life, your home should be a sanctuary. Nothing is worse than coming home to a mess. Organization brings peace, which is why bedroom storage solutions are so important.


In fact, decluttering your life has proven to help reduce stress and improve mental clarity. Having old bills, receipts and junk out in the open easily distracts. Clutter in your home unconsciously provokes clutter in the mind.


So where to start uncluttering? Here are our top storage hacks for the bedroom:

Aside from your main bedroom furnishings, you can employ original storage ideas throughout your room, from hidden caches to vertical displays, or dual function items for all your specific needs.


The first step is to sort through items, purge anything unnecessary, and then create designated spaces for everything remaining.

Storage ideas for shoes


Multiple shoes can provide a problem in many people’s wardrobes. Don’t even try reasoning which pairs are vital to your partner’s daily needs and which are basically ornamental. It’s a never-ending battle! Instead, it may be best to admit defeat and find ways to keep those heels, flats and wedges stockpiled in a neat and discreet way.


Polaroid shoe boxes

Labels are an organizer’s dream. We love this idea from Brit + Co: Take Polaroids of your shoes and stick them on the outside of your shoebox to make it easy to track down that prized pair of heels when you’re in a rush


By having shoes in matching containers, you make what could have been a mess into a well-organized feature wall in your closet. It’s great for the shoe lover who wants to show where all their money goes.

Ladder Shoe Storage

Want to find an alternative to the classic bedroom shelves? Try painting an old wooden ladder for a distinct heel rack, as DIY Enthusiasts did.

Storage ideas for clothing


Keep all your clothing out of plain sight, yet accessible for an early morning pre-coffee routine. With extra storage, we don’t have to pull a Carrie Bradshaw and put shoes in the kitchen cupboards.


Here are a few space-saving tips to keep the perfect outfit within easy reach:


Light vertical drawers

A vertical tallboy dresser can keep clothing out of sight yet close by, while taking up minimal floor space. Avoid bulky dark pieces of furniture; light-coloured items to add an airy feel instead of weighing down a limited space.

Drawer dividers

Keeping on the theme of chest of drawers, use simple drawer dividers to separate socks, undergarments, belts and so on. This idea works especially well if you have a large amount of storage space in which your items could get easily lost, such as with our Ethan wide chest of drawers.

Vacuum seal your clothes

Vacuum seal out-of-season items and stow the packs away in one of our gas lift beds to free up closet space.

Space saving clothes hangers

We’re all familiar with the closet clogged with too many clothes hangers. Reduce the clutter with a clothes hanger capable of holding multiple items to maximize your wardrobe space.

Colour code your clothes

Arrange clothing by colours to organize a closet that is tight on space and to easily find items.

Create shower ring scarf hangers

Placing shower rings on a clothes hanger. You can loop your scarves through them to keep each one tidy and accessible when a chill hits.

Use an extra coat rack

An extra clothes rack can help keep shoes off the floor and bulky jackets organized in a corner of the room.

Corner clothes rack

How about this cute and clever idea from Radical Possibility? Use a short bit of steel pipe and some elbow joints to create your own DIY corner clothes rack. It’s a super smart way to eliminate space by making the most of your corners.

Storage ideas for jewellery and makeup


A small space calls for creativity. Jewellery is designed to be seen, so it’s the perfect item to have on display. Drape it on a bust or hang it from the corner of a mirror.


On the other hand, many women are product junkies with bottles upon bottles of half-empty foundations, lotions and outdated eyeshadow colours lingering in drawers or cluttering the vanity unit.


So the idea with jewellery and makeup is to dedicate a space for the things you use on a daily basis. Stash away those items that only get pulled out on special occasions.


Screw hooks cork board hanger

For a quirky twist (literally!), simply head down to your local Bunnings for a pack of low-cost screw hooks. Simply attach them to a cork board for a unique necklace hanger.

Picture frame hanging display

In this idea from Mornington Creativity, a picture frame strung with chicken wire makes for a great for a hanging display for earrings.

Hanging pots

In this brainwave idea, Bustle avoids countertop clutter by keeping daily necessities within easy reach with a towel rack, some hooks and little pots.

Used bottle bracelet holders

A classy and clever upcycling idea is to scrub out and polish some used glass bottles. Peel off the labels and whack them in the dishwater till they shine.

Jewellery branch

If you love the rustic look, nothing beats a jewellery branch to draw a bit of Mother Nature into your jewellery display. It can be an easy DIY if you scrounge around for some good quality branches to store in a vase or you can get extra crafty with this DIY tutorial for a proper branch stand.

Toothbrush holders

A decorative toothbrush holder can also hold your makeup brushes to create a minimalist, organized countertop.

Storage ideas for toys


To avoid your kid’s room looking like a playground, the key to toy storage is concealment. Bins, boxes and storage ottomans can keep your space from looking like it is overrun by children. As we said, constant clutter can wreak havoc on the mind and no one likes a frazzled mummy!


Over-the-door shoe hangers

The over-the-door shoe organiser strikes again! It has pockets that are the perfect size for a certain blonde bombshell … Parents Magazine keeps the endless Barbies neat and visible in a translucent shoe organiser.

Egg carton Barbie accessories holder

A little container with dividers such as an egg carton will also be a great place to keep all Barbie’s shoes together so she’ll always have the best possible outfit.

Fabric baskets

Collapsible fabric baskets are a versatile and fashionable way to store toys, blankets and stuffed animals. They’re also easy and light enough to move from bedroom to playroom or to fold up and tuck away in the closet when not in use.

Storage ideas for keepsakes


We’ve all been guilty of keeping sentimental items well past their prime. While some items can add an eclectic vibe to a room, Nana’s old Tiffany lamp might not match with your modern style. So it’s best to keep a few significant items instead of being bogged down with every blurry photo your uncle ever took at Christmas over the years. For those few treasured pieces you can’t discard, here are a few inspired storage options:


Vintage suitcases

A few vintage suitcases stacked in a room add an interesting focal point as well extra storage space. It’s certainly more appealing than the classic accordion folder. With the ability to add a lock, you can keep precious memories neatly stored and secure.

Egg carton Barbie accessories holder

A little container with dividers such as an egg carton will also be a great place to keep all Barbie’s shoes together so she’ll always have the best possible outfit.

Digital storage

Scan photos, meaningful artwork from kids, and your favourite essays from school and store them on your computer. Keep them in binders labelled by contents, instead of hidden in a box, to reduce physical clutter.

Decorative displays

Instead of tossing photos, birthday cards and memorabilia in boxes, consider putting them on display with decorative wire and clips.


Seeing cherished items out on display instead of forgotten in the back on the closet will not only be a personalized decorative piece, but also will evoke fond memories every time you look at it.

Storage ideas for linens


Linens aren’t the prettiest item to keep on display, but it makes sense to keep them within easy reach of your bed. These following ideas combine functionality with fashion to maximize your bedroom’s potential. Having smart furniture for your space helps keep your linen from clogging draws and piling up in the wardrobe.


Storage ottomans

A hollow ottoman is a clever piece of furniture that can add extra stylish storage for linens, blankets or pillows. Try tucking one into a corner, at the end of your bed or inside your walk-in-robe (it doubles as a seat for early mornings when getting dressed can be a chore!).

Bed frames with storage

If your room lacks the square-footage for more bulky storage options, a super storage hack is to stash away items under the bed.


A gas lift storage bed makes tucking your linens away much easier and keeps your space sleek. As a bonus, it eliminates the need for an ugly dust ruffle which never complete obscures your suitcase and storage boxes.

Ready to declutter?


Your bedroom should be one of the calmest and cosiest spaces in your home, free from noise and clutter yet filled with those items most dear to you. We hope these tricks and suggestions have inspired you to create your ideal bedroom when short on space.


Want more fun bedroom hacks to personalise your sleeping space?  Learn how to improve your sleep so you can wake up ready for a new day every day!

6 Easy Eco-Friendly Design Ideas & Tips for the Home

Green architecture and home design is the way forward! As we learn to live more in harmony with the natural environment, we’re all keen to find new eco-friendly and sustainable ways to improve and decorate our homes.Sustainable home designs are about ensuring we have a lighter impact on our natural environment. A green home design might mean:

  • Using renewable energy sources
  • Reducing or reusing your water use
  • Insulating your home against the weather
  • Choosing sustainable, responsibly-sourced products

With that description, we’ve given you a sneak peek into the many ways you could invest in a more eco-friendly home design. Check out our infographic below for 6 more sustainable design ideas and tips for your home…

Why Go Green?

But first, a word ongoing sustainable. There are a few reasons you may want to go green. With a more eco-friendly home design, you could save on electricity costs through such things as heating and cooling. If you invest in a water tank or a recycled greywater system, you could save on your water bill.

A green home could also reduce your carbon footprint and help you become more self-sufficient.

So without further ado, here are 6 eco-friendly design ideas to keep in mind when you play homemaker. Alternatively, scroll down to read more information on each tip.

Our Design Ideas

Have we whetted your appetite? Find out more about our design ideas below.

1. Choose natural paints

Many paints, varnishes, sprays and scents contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are chemicals that contain carbon, which evaporates into the air at room temperature.

It’s believed VOCs contribute to poor air quality, which could lead to certain health issues such as dizziness, headaches and nausea.

Instead of using paints and solvents with VOC, opt for low-VOC or zero-VOC paint.

2. Favour sustainable materials

Whether you’re looking to renovate your home or to decorate it with new furniture, one option is to consider raw, recycled or renewable materials over brand new.

These days, it isn’t difficult to find designer pieces made out of sustainable materials. Some of Brosa’s dining tables, for example, are made from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials.

Our Chelsea and Georgia Collections are made from solid reclaimed timber and beams salvaged from 100-year-old buildings. And yet they still look like masterpieces!

For sustainable building renovations, think about using recycled glass, aluminium, tile, lumber and plastic rather than new materials.

3. Insulate, insulate, insulate!

You’ve heard it before, but you can lose up to 25% of your heat through draughts. Installing proper insulation is ideal for home renovations and new home builds.

But a quick fix to reduce drafts is to add thick curtains at your windows and draft stoppers to your doors. Your curtains should be heavy and extend well beyond the window frame. Keep them open during the day to allow the warmth in before closing them up at night to keep the cold out.

4. Feature living plants for fresh air

Thanks in part to VOCs (see above), the air we breathe indoors isn’t always good for us. But studies show indoor plants can reduce air pollution as well as alleviate stress and illness. NASA even found that plants help remove trace levels of toxic indoor vapour.

Living plants won’t just be beautiful to admire in your home. They also serve as natural and fresh alternatives to the air filters you can find in supermarkets.

5. Buy for life

We’re often tempted by the cheapest products. But these products – whether they’re furniture pieces or a floor rug – can have a short lifespan. Soon, they will become landfill and you’ll be back in stores searching for a replacement.

Good-quality design pieces, including our furniture items at Brosa, are usually made to be durable. They typically use the best materials available to them and are crafted with the strongest design principles. Because of this, they’re made to last a lifetime, benefiting your bank account as well as the environment.

6. How low-flow can you go?

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, yet Australians use the most amount of water per person in the world! You can do something about this by installing water-efficient shower heads, toilets and taps.

The shower and toilet are usually the two biggest water users in the home. But if you install low-flow shower heads and flush systems, you could reduce your water consumption. The WELS label uses a star rating to identify water-efficient products.

With these design ideas, you could easily start to turn your home into a haven with a low environmental footprint. Not only that, you will have a home designed with the best practices in place for both the environment and your wallet!