Every February, scores of design fans flock to Southern Utah to attend the annual St. George Area Parade of Homes. This year, we were among them and took note of a number of trends that defined the style of this year’s celebrated desert dwellings. Ready to be inspired?

GLASS WALLS

Indoors and out, glass walls create bold architectural statements while inviting desert views and natural light to flood interiors and high-style spaces.

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Build by Anderson Custom Homes. Plan Design by Andrews Home Design. Interior Design by Allison Campbell Design. Photo courtesy of St. George Parade of Homes.
Build by Slate Ridge Homes. Plan Design by Jeff Andrews. Interior Design by Nest Style & Design.
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Build by Perry Homes Utah. Plan Design by Studio 8. Interior Design by Brooklyn Nyberg, Interior Design Center.

WOOD SLAT WALLS

Wooden slats and molding transform walls from blah to ahh in a number of the homes’ bedrooms and office spaces. The memorable detail adds instant pattern and dimension to statement walls that define the décors.

Build by Sullivan and Sons. Plan Design by Laurie Mathis. Interior Design by Modern Designs by Joni.
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Build by Slate Ridge Homes. Plan Design by Jeff Andrews. Interior Design by Nest Style & Design. Photo courtesy of the St. George Parade of Homes.
St. George Home trends
Build by Slate Ridge Homes. Plan Design by Jeff Andrews. Interior Design by Nest Style & Design. Photo courtesy of the St. George Parade of Homes.

OFF-BALANCE FIREPLACES

Breaking free from predictable symmetry, numerous fireplaces showcase asymmetric forms and unbalanced silhouettes that add interest and mod style to desert décors, indoors and out.

Build by Madsen Homes. Plan Design by Walker Home Design. Interior Design by Leslie Thomas Interiors.
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Build by Slate Ridge Homes. Plan Design by Jeff Andrews. Interior Design by Nest Style & Design.
St. George Home trends
Build by J2 Construction, LLC. Plan Design by Gulch Design Group. Interior Design by Gulch Design Group. Photo courtesy of the St. George Parade of Homes.

BLACK & WHITE

The classic combination of black and white has been enjoying a (long) decorating moment, and a number of the Parade homes use it to add high contrast to their décors. From flooring and wallpaper to fixtures and painted walls, this timeless pairing adds a punch of drama to rooms of all types.

St. George Home trends
Build by American Heritage Homes. Interior Design by House West Design.
St. George Home trends
Builder: Markay Johnson Construction of Utah. Plan Designer: Inouye Design. Interior Design by Milley Design, Camille Kenyon. Photo courtesy of the St. George Parade of Homes.
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Build by RL Wyman Design + Create. Plan Design by Creative Dimensions. Interior Design by House West Design and Yvonne Christensen

OUTDOOR LIVING

Given Southern Utah’s sunny climate and spectacular views, it’s no surprise that stylish outdoor living spaces are prized in nearly all of the homes, large and small. Savvy design even makes bathing an enjoyable outdoor activity, as shown below.

Builder: Markay Johnson Construction of Utah. Plan Designer: Inouye Design. Interior Design by Milley Design, Camille Kenyon. Photo courtesy of the St. George Parade of Homes.
Build by Christensen Homes LLC. Plan Design by Creative Dimensions. Interior Design by SC Design Shoppe.
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Build by J2 Construction, LLC. Plan Design by Gulch Design Group. Interior Design by Gulch Design Group.

RIBBED SURFACES

Ribbed, grooved and channeled surfaces deliver dimension and visual interest to cabinetry, furnishings and walls in creative and eye-catching ways.

St. George Home trends
Build by American Heritage Homes. Interior Design by House West Design.
St. George Home trends
Build by Anderson Custom Homes. Plan Design by Andrews Home Design. Interior Design by Allison Campbell Design.
Build by American Heritage Homes. Interior Design by House West Design.

Take a look at even more St. George home trends here.

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Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.