Our expert Design Studio team is always keeping up with well-loved trends in the interior design space! Today on the blog, we asked the team to share with us popular upgrade trends for new homes in 2023! Check out our homeowners’ favourites for inspiration.

1. Floating Vanity

Floating vanities are on trend, and we don’t see this going away anytime soon. The levitating appearance complements all home styles and is an excellent option to make the room feel more spacious and airy!

This design element can be incorporated into a primary bathroom, a child’s bathroom or even a powder room to add flair. You can genuinely make this trend your own by utilizing different colours and textures in your cabinetry. Its simple and modern look is a design trend that will never go out of style.


Range Hood2. Decorative Range Hoods

The statement range hood is in, and we’re here for it! The over-the-stovetop staple is being reinvented into a stylish element that will make your kitchen snazzy. While typical range hoods are made from stainless steel, we see more homeowners opt for a more stylish selection using wood paneling or curved elements for an eye-catching appearance.

Embrace the hood as a canvas for colour or transform it into a more sculptural element that fits beautifully with your cabinets, backsplash and countertops. A well-designed range hood can be a focal point in your kitchen that truly stands out!


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 and 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 than chrome or nickel finish!


5. Cohesive Flooring

A trendy upgrade we repeatedly see is cohesive flooring on the same floor and throughout the home. This has become increasingly popular among homeowners due to our spacious, open-concept layouts.

Selecting the same flooring for every room creates a unified space, and in addition to having a cohesive look, this design choice makes a room feel larger. As a bonus, you won’t need to use transition strips! Whether you select engineered hardwood or laminate, the results are truly eye-catching.


Your Design Studio Experience

As you start planning for your Materials & Finishes Appointment, gathering inspiration for what you want your home to look like and setting a budget for your upgrades is essential. At the Activa Design Studio, we offer high-end features and finishes that come standard for you to choose from and upgraded options to take your home to the next level. Setting a budget will allow our team members to present options that fit this. The Design Studio is an exciting experience, but we want to ensure you stay within what you can afford. 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 to be featured on our page. See you there!