Designers and builders from across the state showed off their best at the 2021 St. George Area Parade of Homes. In these desert homes, modern elements were paired with classic style and landscape-driven outdoor living complemented unforgettable interiors. Here are 10 of our favorite trends to guide your own home refresh.

Ultra-Modern Kitchens

Modern kitchen at the 2021 St. George Area Parade of Homes
Builder: Split Rock Custom Homes; Plan Designer: McQuay Architects; Interior Designer: Huga Home Design, Julia Childs

Metallic accents, sleek pendant lights and a bold black color palette come together in an unapologetically contemporary kitchen. Paired with a similarly chic dining room, the main kitchen is designed for entertaining, while a hidden pantry is ready to handle messy food prep.

Wild for Wicker 

Great room with woven coffee table by Becki Owens
Builder and Plan Designer: Cole West Home; Interior design: Becki Owens

Designers use woven furnishings and wicker to imbue spaces with organic, laid-back ambience. Here, a unique woven coffee table anchors a great room that exudes casual charm.

Traditional Roots

Herringbone floor and ceiling entry at the 2021 St. George Area Parade of Homes
Builder: RL Wyman Design + Create; Plan Designer: Creative Dimensions, Shawn Patten; Interior Designer: Yvonne Christensen Design, Yvonne Christensen and Hailey Brodale / Nichole Lynne Design, Nichole Speirs

Classic symmetry never goes out of style. An entry boasts herringbone patterns both on the floor and ceiling, announcing the home’s updated interpretation of timeless European design. 

(Dining) Room With a View

Dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors
Builder: AJ Construction; Plan Designer: McQuay Architects; Interior Designer: Heritage Home and Garden, Joni Christensen and Shannon Hardesty

St. George’s jaw-dropping landscapes are an ideal dinner party conversation starter. Floor-to-ceiling windows boast panoramic views, while glass doors open to the patio, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The interior’s soothing neutral palette allows the brilliant red rock mountains to take center stage.

Hot Home Offices

Office with black accents and open shelves at the 2021 St. George Area Parade of Homes
Builder: Slate Ridge Homes; Plan Designer: Andrews Home Design Group; Interior Designer: Slate Ridge Homes, Gerry and Kathy Holzapfel

2020 taught us that work-from-home spaces should be anything but boring. A colorful rug, striking geometric patterns, black accents and open shelves curated with accessories make a lively home office the secret star of the home.

Fab Fireplaces

Modern fireplace with floating stone hearth and ribbon fire feature
Builder: K.H. Traveller Custom Homes; Plan Designer: Paradise Home Design; Interior Designer: Tasteful Trends Interiors, Angie Marshall

Modern fireplaces anchored many of the Parade’s most arresting great rooms. This inviting space features a floating stone hearth and ribbon fire feature, adding a cozy yet contemporary finish.

Clever Wood Accents

Wall-to-ceiling wood slatting at the 2021 St. George Area Parade of Homes
Builder: Jensen + Sons Construction; Plan Designer: Landforms Design; Interior Designer: Nichole Lynne Design, Nichole Speirs

Light-toned wood continues to dominate modern designs, and designers are finding creative ways to play with this staple. Continuous wall-to-ceiling wood slatting gives this kitchen a simple but eye-catching signature while visually delineating the room within an open floor plan. 

Taking the Spa Home 

Spa bathroom with freestanding tub, light fixture and wooden bath caddy
Builder: Split Rock Custom Homes; Plan Designer: McQuay Architects; Interior Designer: Huga Home Design, Julia Childs

Spaces for relaxation and self-care are more essential than ever. A luxurious bathroom features a freestanding tub complete with a wood tray bath caddy, an edgy light fixture from Wilkinson’s House of Lighting and plenty of room to rest and rejuvenate. 

Back to Black 

Mudroom with black accents at the 2021 St. George Area Parade of Homes
Builder and Plan Designer: Cole West Home; Interior design: Becki Owens

In our summer print issue, star designer Becki Owens said, “People are afraid of black, but there is something about it that adds an element of layering. If it isn’t too crazy, it can create depth by adding a punch.” She and other designers at this year’s parade took this philosophy to heart, using black accents to add drama and contrast to interiors.

Playing with Texture

Bedroom with plush rug, cowhide ottomans and plaid bedspread
Builder: RL Wyman Design + Create; Plan Designer: Creative Dimensions, Shawn Patten; Interior Designer: Yvonne Christensen Design, Yvonne Christensen and Hailey Brodale / Nichole Lynne Design, Nichole Speirs

Eclectic mixes of texture and pattern deepen décor, preventing rooms from feeling staid. A plush rug, cowhide ottomans and a plaid bedspread define a winningly idiosyncratic bedroom.