14 Ways New Home Trends Come to Life

With new home building divisions in 97 different cities in 10 different states around the country, the TRI Pointe Group family of builders interprets national trends for local audiences. The results are anything but cookie cutter, and full of inspiration to bring your own dream home to life.

Photo By: Vista Santa Fe by Pardee Homes San Diego, California

Photo By: Lyric by TRI Pointe Homes Southern California

Photo By: Lakeside Estates at Paloma Creek by Trendmaker Homes Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Photo By: Kirkwood Terrace by Quadrant Homes, Washington

Photo By: Palm by TRI Pointe Homes Bay Area, California

Photo By: Axis by Pardee Homes Las Vegas, Nevada

Photo By: Skyline by Pardee Homes Los Angeles, California

Photo By: Encore Collection at Whispering Pines by TRI Pointe Homes Colorado

Photo By: North Quarter by Winchester Homes, Maryland

Photo By: The Summit at 6 Creeks by Trendmaker Homes Austin, Texas

Photo By: Altis by Pardee Homes Inland Empire, California

Photo By: LakeHouse by Trendmaker Homes Houston, Texas

Photo By: La Madera by TRI Pointe Homes Sacramento, California

Photo By: Avance, Piedmont  Residence 3 by Maracay, Arizona

Paint It Black

As homeowners grow more confident in the dark arts, black is transitioning from an accent color— seen on trim, fixtures, hardware and accessories — to the main event. Think statement walls, cabinetry, countertops and even appliances, like in this San Diego kitchen.

Rooftop Retreats

Once the exclusive domain of Big City urbanites, the rooftop is the new backyard in vertically minded communities like Lyric located in Irvine, California. To make your rooftop retreat comfortable, stylish and inviting, use railings to open up the view, add a fan and “window” treatments and use materials designed to weather the elements, like rattan and treated textiles.

White on White

Nothing feels crisper than an all-white palette, and nothing makes the all-white look more modern than mixing shades. Here the base cabinetry, uppers, backsplash and hood are all slightly different tones and the grey countertop ties it all together. It brings out the yellow undertones of the lower cabinets and the blue undertones of the white shades above. The herringbone tile with contrast grout does its bit, too, breaking up the scene with pattern and texture.


The personal wellness trend has its natural expression in the master bath with freestanding tubs, rain and sauna showers, and architectural elements like the floor-to-ceiling picture windows here, which bring in views and flood the space with natural light. A palette of earthy materials feels right at home in the Pacific Northwest.

Seamless Spaces

All over the country, to help homeowners make the most of their entire home — inside and out, including footprint-expanding outdoor rooms — hard separations are disappearing. Literally. Think folding glass doors that retract so the great room flows right into the truly great outdoors.

Making an Entrance

Color is the easiest way to make the front door pop, but you’ll also see new shapes, sizes, materials, industrial inspiration, and even pivot installations. And while you’re rethinking the front door, might as well reconsider the entire entry experience. In Vegas, the walk to this designer entryway takes you through a splashy courtyard.

Staycation Central

This new home community amenity at Skyline in Santa Clarita, California, is all about taking inspiration from boutique hotels and resort destinations, creating high-design, high-functioning outdoor spaces with elements like fire pits, outdoor bars, cabanas, indoor-outdoor fitness studios and even movie lawns.

Suite Life

Can your master suite make you a morning person? It can when there’s a built-in coffee bar involved. Tucked between the bedroom and a spa-like master bath, this built-in kitchenette includes an undercounter fridge, espresso maker and plenty of storage.

Row Home 2.0

Inspired by the living style in such cosmopolitan cities as Amsterdam, New York, and London, small-footprint dwellings are taking on row home character, including finding ways to integrate social spaces (the new front stoop) into each block or cluster. Mixing materials like brick and glass is a way to modernize an otherwise traditional design story.

Neutral Territory

Bridging the gap between bold kitchen choices like black cabinetry and safe but boring natural wood are a host of new neutrals that feel timeless and modern all at the same time, like greige. A mix of grey and beige, it adds depth to an otherwise all-white color scheme and complements every style of architecture. The triplicate glass pendant lights here are equally versatile.

Community Matters

Your new home extends if you’re part of a community with an amenity. This social hub for homeowners aged 55 and better takes its style cues from a high-design club. The vibe is more boutique hotel than old-school clubhouse thanks to intimate furniture groupings, an elegant bar and wide-open site lines. It's a great place to get together, meet friends, join clubs and even host celebrations.

Highly Entertaining

How to maximize an open floorplan so your home’s a great space for entertaining? Create zones, like in this Texas home (note how stone, wood and leather feel very Lone Star state without getting too home on the range). Set up a bar on the kitchen island, serve dinner at that extra-long dining table and cluster hors d’oeuvres on the coffee table so guests have a place to sit and chat while nibbling.

Extra Extra Storage

Thoughtful floorplans take advantage of every opportunity for clever, high-functioning storage, like a mudroom or family organization center complete with a bench, hideaway cabinets and lots of hook for hats and bags. This one’s connected to a walk-in butler’s pantry where open shelving treats dishes and glassware like design objects.

Work the Angles

Midcentury modern design remains hugely influential and feels as fresh and innovative today as it did more than 50 years ago. In Arizona, builder Maracay calls this architectural style ‘desert contemporary,’ borrowing MCM’s angled rooflines to add flair to a single-story residence then putting a twist on the design with an earthy palette and textural building materials.

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