NW Natural Parade of Homes to showcase Top Home Trends this September

Posted February 20, 2021 in Special Features

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After a one-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the NW Natural Parade of Homes presented by HomeStreet Bank returns this September. With ten homes built by nine different builders, the annual showcase of luxury homes will feature a variety of architectural and interior design styles as well as new or revitalized home trends emerging from lived experiences of the pandemic.

What can you expect to see at this year’s showcase?


Likely because we’ve quite literally been looking at the same four walls since the pandemic began, homeowners are going for architectural details that excite them, spark emotion, or start conversations. Examples include dramatic entryways, discussion-provoking fixtures, and exotic finishes that are generally found in swanky hotels or trendy restaurants. In short, we can expect to see a rejuvenation of maximalism, creating over-the-top spaces with character, boldness, and a hint of eccentricity.

Moreover, we anticipate seeing unique applications of color. While dark colors and materials add personality, bright spaces bring in energy, motivation, and optimism – perfect for at-home work or school. Even so, cozy, activity-specific rooms with moody décor will remain a staple to allow for a change of scenery throughout the day and as tasks shift.


After several years of prevalence, open concept floor plans may have begun to lose their popularity. While homeowners don’t want to feel closed off, the stay-at-home orders have shown that there is a real need for quiet spaces and privacy in order to separate work, school, and family lives. We can expect to see inclusion of workout rooms, office spaces, and entertainment rooms (such as a movie theatre or private bar).


Whether preparing for the apocalypse or stocking up after seeing the depletion of toiletries in early 2020, storage is an underrated yet crucial component to any home. This year, builders have noted their homeowners are placing an emphasis on built-in cabinetry to enhances the character of the room, accent wall shelving, and fully equipped garages, there will be no shortage of storage options you can try out in your own home.


A familiar trend, access to outdoor living spaces, is here to stay. The pandemic forced people to stay at-home, builders have stated that multi-purpose outdoor areas are in huge demand. We can expect to see manicured greenery, transitional indoor-outdoor living spaces (such as motorized screen enclosures), and water features.


Even though Washington state is mandating inclusion of energy efficient building techniques and appliances, builders still report an emphasis on energy efficient features. We will likely see ENERGY STAR-rated windows and appliances and more energy efficient lighting fixtures. Additionally, we know we will see a net zero home included in the show.


A majority of homes featured in the NW Natural Parade of Homes are pre-sold, meaning they cannot be purchased. However, this year is different in that one home will be for sale. One of our builders has teamed up with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to build a St. Jude Dream Showplace Home. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home will be donated to St. Jude to support the mission of finding cures to cancer and saving children – at no cost to the family.

Builders featured in the 2021 NW Natural Parade of Homes: Affinity Homes, Axiom Luxury Homes, Cascade West Development, Gecho Homes, Generation Homes Northwest, Ginn Group, Marnella Homes (St. Jude Showplace Home builder), Quail Homes, and Vilhauer Construction.


Join the Building Industry Association of Clark County at the NW Natural Parade of Homes presented by HomeStreet Bank, September 10-26 (closed Monday and Tuesday). Ticket sales are expected to begin in August. For complete information about the NW Natural Parade of Homes, please visit