Our expert Design Studio team is always keeping up with well-loved trends in the interior design space! Today on the blog, we asked our Design Studio team to share with us popular upgrade trends for new homes in 2021! Check out our homeowners’ favourites for inspiration.

top 5 upgrade trends for your home

1. Creating a Bathroom Sanctuary

Creating a bathroom sanctuary with spa-like upgrades is on people’s radar and will continue to be for years to come! We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, so choosing a more luxurious design tailored to you and your needs is important and will be a great long-term investment.

Think of a luxurious freestanding soaker tub, beautiful quartz countertops and upgraded plumbing fixtures to add that “wow-factor” to your bathroom. Heated floors can bring your space to the next level, providing a cozy and comfortable atmosphere in the winter months. You can also extend the tiles selected for your floor and shower to create an accent wall in your bathroom (shown above) for a more luxurious look and feel!


top 5 upgrade trends for your home

2. Multifunctional Spaces

Multifunctional spaces are more popular than ever right now as much of the world has transitioned to primarily being at home. Never has it been so important to have a dedicated home office space that is organized and functional. We have seen a trend in homeowners looking for, and valuing, a dedicated den or home office to accommodate working from home.

Having dedicated spaces for different purposes in your home is crucial for both productivity and relaxation. Luckily, select Activa floorplans allow for personalization to create more space for what you need most. Depending on your floorplan, you can finish your basement, create a dedicated home office space, or even upgrade to higher ceilings for a versatile workout space. Upgrades that provide more functionality are on the rise – and we don’t see this slowing down anytime soon!


top 5 upgrade trends for your home

3. Natural Wood Finishes

Natural wood finishes are very trendy right now! We have seen a rise in homeowners selecting warm-toned features and finishes over cooler tones that have been popular in years past!

You can incorporate this earthy and grounding look into the home by selecting natural oak finishes throughout. There are many options such as a natural oak vanity in your bathroom or floating wood shelves in your kitchen or living room. You can pull the look together with natural wood flooring to match (available in vinyl or hardwood). This look pairs beautifully with modern and sleek finishes for a truly stunning space.


top 5 upgrade trends for your home

4. Matte Black Features and Finishes

Matte black features and finishes have taken the design world by storm and we continue to see homeowners incorporate this look throughout their homes. Matte black is a bold statement that will accentuate white walls to create a unique contrast in your home! It adds a ‘pop’ to any space, providing a sleek and modern look.

You can add these accents throughout the home by selecting matte black handles for your kitchen and bathroom cupboards, as well as matte black faucets in your bathrooms and kitchen to match. Carrying this look in each room throughout the home creates a beautifully tied-together look. These finishes are also much easier to clean and maintain compared to a chrome or nickel finish!


top 5 upgrade trends for your home

5. Luxury Vinyl Flooring

We are seeing a trend in homeowners valuing luxury vinyl flooring over tiles in their kitchens, washrooms and other areas of the house. Vinyl flooring has been around for several years but did not gain popularity in earlier years due to the ‘plasticky’ appearance. However, it has come a long way and today’s luxurious vinyl flooring has a very realistic look of whatever it’s made to imitate (wood, vintage tile, etc.). Plus, there are added benefits to choosing vinyl flooring – it is waterproof and incredibly durable! Additionally, the number of finishes and colours available makes it an easy choice to switch from hardwood or traditional tile.


Your Design Studio Experience

At the Activa Design Studio, we offer high-end features and finishes that come standard for you to choose from, as well as upgraded options to take your home to the next level. As you start to plan for your Materials & Finishes Appointment, it is important to gather inspiration for what you want your home to look like and to set a budget for your upgrades. The Design Studio is an exciting experience, but we want to make sure you are also staying within what you can afford. Setting a budget will allow our team members to present options that fit within this. You can learn more tips on preparing for your visit in our Design Studio Selection blog.

We can’t wait to meet you for your Materials & Finishes Appointment at the Activa Design Studio and we hope you are as excited as we are! While you’re there, we encourage you to take pictures during your appointment. You can even tag @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our page. See you there!