The 2023 decorating trends spotted at Utah Valley Parade of Homes serve up loads of ideas and inspiration. Are you ready to be wowed?   

There’s a lot to see and savor at this year’s Utah Valley Parade of Homes. And for those searching for some tasty decorating and design trends, you won’t be disappointed. Click through to see 10 of our top picks. 

Opening Image Credit to Aero Custom Homes


Designers have a myriad of ways to transform spaces from ‘blah’ to ‘ahh,’ and wallpaper is one of the most impactful. It’s no surprise that many of the Parade’s most memorable spaces featured eye-catching wallpapers often used in unexpected ways. In one home’s front office, Kaizen Custom Homes and Eclectic Design Co. dressed the ceiling in Schumacher’s Queen of Spain wallpaper, adding pattern and high-contrast colors to the room. 


Natural materials continue to rule in 2023 decorating trends rankings, and naturally toned woods are key players in the decor of many of this year’s Parade homes. From cabinets to flooring, custom built-ins to stair railings, these woods help deliver warmth and comfort to a variety of spaces—including the pantry of an Alpine home created by E Builders and designer Allison Campbell. 


Fostering a soothing and relaxed atmosphere in rooms of all types, earthy shades of green deliver comforting color to many of the homes. As these rooms prove, botanical greens team well with natural wood elements and other popular colors including creams and browns.  Hawthorn Homes teamed with Four Chairs Furniture + Design to create inviting spaces enriched with green in a Highland home. 


Why be shy? Showy stones are all the rage as they deliver drama to decors of all styles. From countertops to fireplace surrounds and floors to backsplashes, stones boasting bold patterns, rich hues and high-contrast colors make an impact in many of the Parade homes. In Woodland Hills’ Summit Creek community, designer Tara Wagstaff teamed with Magnolia Custom Homes to create a massive fireplace surround featuring a highly animated stone. 


Reeded, fluted, slatted and ribbed surfaces flourish in many homes, adding engaging surface interest to everything from walls and furnishings to cabinetry and doors. In a Highland home, Four Chairs Furniture teamed with builder Hawthorn Homes to elevate an entry’s style by sheathing a curved stairway wall in fabulous fluting. 


Blushing tones have also made their way into 2023 decorating trends. Pink makes a statement in many of these homes, showing up in dialed-back shades ranging from soft blush to sophisticated mauves and earthy, moody shades. Naturally, pink finds its way into girls’ bedrooms and bathrooms, but it also performs as an accent color teamed with greens, beiges and warm browns. In an Alpine home’s bunk room, Aero Custom Homes and designer Katrina Weeks used a grown-up pink to foster a chic, timeless decor for the space. 


Rounded forms continue to be popular as a way to integrate comfort and ease into today’s most engaging spaces. Many of the Parade homes include architectural arches and arched forms among the many curved and rounded elements used to counterbalance their interiors’ straight lines and sharp corners. In a Highland home by Millhaven Homes, an arched doorway eases a decor dominated by the boxy forms and linear elements that naturally occur with custom cabinetry and countertops. 


While white oak and elegant stone flooring continues to flourish in today’s high-style homes, design pros are adding bold alternatives in spaces ranging from bathrooms and entries to mudrooms and hallways. Kaizen Custom Homes and Eclectic Design Co. chose a high-contrast pattern of brown circles on white to create an eye-catching statement in a mudroom and powder room located off the American Fork home’s open kitchen. 


With their large forms and centralized placements, fireplaces are natural focal points in parlor-like living rooms and spacious great rooms alike. This year’s parade homes boast a variety of stylish fireplace forms, ranging from modern with marble to mountain with stone and classic with moldings. In an Alpine home’s  elegant great room, Aero Custom Homes and designer Katrina Weeks chose a simple modern form and floating hearth to define a floor-to-ceiling fireplace dressed in a textured, nature-inspired finish. 


Designers know there’s no easier way to give a plain wall a fresh facelift than by dressing it with detail. Many of the bedrooms in this year’s Parade homes showcase custom molding, paneling and trim that creates 3-dimensional backdrops on headboard walls. In most cases, saturated hues and high-contrast color pairings are used to accentuate the walls’ customized carpentry. In Highland, Hawthorn Homes teamed with Four Chairs Furniture + Design as they dressed a white headboard wall with black, dimensional stripes.

See more 2023 Design Trends here.

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