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2021 Home Design Trends

April 1, 2021

It’s a new year which means it’s time to update your décor or possibly upgrade your home. Whether you are tired of staring at your kitchen after being homebound in 2020 or you’re planning to take advantage of low interest rates in 2021 by purchasing a new home, it’s time to prioritize your wants vs needs and get to decorating.

There’s no doubt 2020 shaped, or re-shaped, home design trends and forced homeowners to decide what is most important for them. Here’s a look at what home builders and homeowners are looking for in the latest home design trends for 2021.

Cane Island Home Office

Dedicated Home Offices

2020 saw many of our work environments abruptly switch from corporate offices to new, often ill-equipped, work-from-home setups. Now, with many employers allowing employees to work remote permanently, having an adequate home office is more important than ever. In 2021, homeowners are stepping away from the kitchen table and creating a space that fits their 9- to -5 needs. Whether you’re building a new construction home or renovating your current house, an efficient home office, away from the chaos and television noise, is on the top of the list for almost every homeowner.

You may not be driving to the office every day but it’s still important, maybe more so now than ever before, that homeowners have a dedicated space that allows them to focus during work hours, then shut the office door and seamlessly transition to personal life after work hours.

Clearly Defined Rooms and Spaces

Remember when open concept ruled all? While it’s still valued by many, 2020 taught families the value of defined spaces and being able to have their own room for everything from quiet time to studying to working out. Homeowners are now seeking to define spaces, or create nooks within open floor plans, that will easily allow for family gatherings or for family members to step away and enjoy personal time.

What does that look like exactly? Don’t worry, it’s not tiny rooms within the home that result in a cramped feeling. Instead, it’s unique pockets or loft-style rooms for e-learning, home workouts, lounging, and more. There is such a thing as too much togetherness, or so we found out during the pandemic. These rooms allow for individual hobbies, personal time and work to be uniquely “yours” in a time where that once seemed impossible. Additionally, many new home buyers are looking for more space to accommodate their multigenerational family, giving each member a defined space within the home.


Houseplants and Indoor Gardens

Last year, people were confined to their home and unable to get their nature fix, emphasizing the importance of the great outdoors. Whether you were staying indoors or taking walks around your neighborhood to simply occupy your time and breathe some fresh air, the benefits of trees and flowers was never more evident. This has led homeowners to want to bring the outside in in 2021.

This year you’ll see homeowners and those building their dream home, continue to plan around indoor and outdoor gardens, making room for more living plants as well and adding plenty of windows for natural light. Think more zen and monochromatic relaxing vibes to bring the outdoors in!

Cane Island Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor Living Spaces

The pandemic forced families to step back from their typically hectic lives filled with sports practices, vacations and commitments, only to embrace their loved ones and find the same sense of adventure within their home or backyard. To the surprise of many, being at home was exciting and finding new ways to have fun was an adventure in and of itself. Now, homeowners and new home buyers are prioritizing outdoor living spaces that include pools, elaborate playgrounds and outdoor kitchens.

Outdoor living spaces are creating a vacation-feel without leaving your home and families in 2021 are excited about it. With our larger Cane Island homesites and year-round Texas sunshine, your family will enjoy ample room to build an outdoor living space that will have you saying, “let’s stay home” more often than ever before.

Cane Island Kitchen Design

Fun and Functional Kitchens

Now that families are accustomed to cooking at home, as opposed to the previous default of dining out, homeowners are wanting fun and functional kitchens. It’s not news that the kitchen is the hub of the home, especially for families and regular entertainers. However, many who once preferred restaurants are now enjoying cooking and baking.

Kitchens are one area of the home where open concept still reigns supreme and that’s not changing in 2021. Novice and professional cooks alike are designing kitchens with top-notch appliances, playing with bolder colors, using luxe finishes while incorporating islands that allow for more storage and gathering space to sit and join the conversation.

Cane Island Home Design

Varieties of Texture

Neutrals are no longer boring in design. This year, homeowners and designers are incorporating more neutrals, such as white, cream, beige and sage green, into their color scheme. If you’re thinking blah, think again! This monochromatic look, coupled with rich textures and natural elements such as jute, rattan, oak or marble, create a luxuriously rich environment while still remaining serene.

Fear not, color lovers. A neutral room is a great canvas for those colorful pieces you love most, allowing them to pop and make their own statement within the room.


Home Gyms

Remember when you rushed to make it to the gym on time for your favorite class or stopped by for a quick workout after leaving the office? Thanks to virtual classes, luxury spin bikes with overly excited instructors, and countless apps that bring celebrity trainers into your home (for a fraction of the cost) home gyms are the way of the future. So it’s no surprise that homeowners are wanting a dedicated space for a home gym.

Sure, a garage is always an option but many new home buyers are incorporating this room into their design and floor plan preferences. While our amenity-rich master-planned community has an on-site fitness center and yoga room, having an in-home fitness studio is a luxury many are opting for in 2021. 


Gallery Wall

If 2020 and an unprecedented global pandemic taught us one thing, it’s the importance of family. Homeowners are embracing an old classic and creating artful gallery walls that showcase family adventures, sketches, old black and white images, and family keepsakes, paying homage to people who came before, the ones we laugh with daily, and the moments we never want to forget.

These gallery walls can be elaborate stairwell art or simple designs in guest rooms. Whatever option you choose these walls should be a reflection of your heritage, telling the story of you. Include antique frames with a mix of metal and wooden frames to give an eclectic but intentional design that will have people reading the story of you and your family in a visual book displayed beautifully on your walls. 

While design trends are known to shift and expected to ebb and flow year after year, 2020 and the ramifications of the pandemic have brought about trends we are excited to see and know that many of our Cane Island families will embrace. From outdoor living spaces to home gyms to the all-important functional kitchen, our Cane Island new home builders can help you create a space that will fit your family’s needs and embrace all the good things that came from a year full of unpredictability.

Learn more about Cane Island, a new home community in Katy, TX or meet our award-winning builders and start designing your dream home today.


    April 2021
    S M T W T F S

    April 3, 2021

    Family Yoga

    Family yoga in the yoga studio with our instructor, Jen.

    April 3, 2021

    Spring Fling

    Spring Fling at Cane Island
    Saturday, April 3rd 11:00-1:00pm
    At the amenity center
    Spring is in the air!
    Come out to the lawn for pictures with the Easter Bunny, bunny petting zoo, bounce houses, food trucks & MORE!
    The Cane Island Moms group will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 on the lawn!
    Meet by the yoga studio, bring your own eggs & ages 5 and under will get a head start.


    April 4, 2021

    HIIT Class

    HIIT Class with Remona in the yoga studio


    April 6, 2021


    Yoga in the yoga studio with our instructor, Jen


    April 10, 2021

    Tie Dye Kits at Welcome Center

    Tie Dye kits are back! The first 100 families can come pick up a FREE tie dye kit at the Welcome Center!
    One bag per family
    There are endless tie dye options & the whole family can create something special!
    Kits include:
    2 bottles of color dye
    1 pair of rubber gloves
    rubber bands
    plastic table cover
    1 ziploc baggie
    Tie Dye instructions
    The only thing you'll need is an article of clothing to tie dye.
    Don't forget to share pictures of your finished work!

    Pick ups for bags will only start on April 10th


    April 13, 2021

    Toddler Zumbini

    Join your neighbors in the yoga studio for toddler zumbini with Ms. Kendra! 

    April 13, 2021

    Tabata Bootcamp

    Tabata Bootcamp in the yoga studio with Jen

    April 13, 2021

    Bond & Bites with KatyISD

    Cane Island Residents-
    A May Election is right around the corner and on the ballot is the Katy ISD schools bond that includes our Cane Island elementary school site, projects for our junior high and high school campuses and more!

    Please join us for a “Bond & Bites” informational meeting, finger food and Q&A with Katy ISD’s Chief Financial Officer and Cane Island neighbor, Christopher J. Smith!

    April 13, 2021
    7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    Cane Island Conservatory Space
    2100 Cane Island Pkwy
    Visit the Katy ISD Bond 2021 webpage for more information.


    April 14, 2021


    Kickboxing in the yoga studio with Remona


    April 16, 2021

    Slate Charcuterie Board Making Class

    Slate Charcuterie Board Making Class

    Friday, April 16th 2021
    in the conservatory 
    Join us for a night of creative fun! Cane Island residents will be making a custom slate cheese board with Craftworx!
    Each participant will select their template to make a custom slate board, there are several designs to choose from.
    $40 per resident, includes one slate Charcuterie board & hors d'oeuvres  
    Event is BYOB or purchase from Oaks

    The templates to choose from are attached to this post.

    Purchase your ticket HERE:



    April 17, 2021

    Cane Island Car Show

    4th Annual Classic Car Show
    Saturday, April 17th 10:00am-2:00pm

    Join us for a day of fun featuring vintage, classic & exotic cars!
    Cars-Rock Wall-Bounce Houses-Food Trucks-Face Painters-Live Music-Balloon Artist-Corn Hole Set Up

    $4,000 in total prizes & trophies in 4 categories



    April 20, 2021


    Yoga class with our instructor, Jen, in the yoga studio


    April 21, 2021

    Toddler Storytime

    Join your neighbors in the yoga studio for stories, games & crafts with award-winning author, Maria Boucher!

    April 21, 2021

    HIIT Class

    HIIT Class in the yoga studio with Remona


    April 23, 2021

    Movie on the Lawn

    Come out to the lawn and catch Bumblebee on the big screen!
    Friday, April 23rd 6:00-8:00pm
    Popcorn & water in the concession stand


    April 24, 2021

    Family Fun Fitness

    Join your neighbors for family fun fitness on the lawn!

    Parents & kids of all ages can join in for cardio, strength & cool down

    April 24, 2021

    Blood Drive

    Community Blood Drive with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
    April 24th 10:00-4:00pm in the pool parking lot
    Free Covid-19 antibody testing for all successful donors
    Sign up to donate HERE:


    April 27, 2021

    Tabata Bootcamp

    Tabata Bootcamp in the yoga studio with Jen


    April 28, 2021


    Zumba in the yoga studio with Remona


    April 30, 2021

    Mom & Kids Ceramic Painting Night Out

    Mom & Kids Ceramic Painting Night Out

    Apr 30, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Location: Conservatory

    Color Me Mine is coming to Cane Island for a night of fun for moms and kids!
    Friday April 30th, 4-8pm
    This is a come and go event 
    Pieces are $15-$30 per person, Color Me Mine is bringing a variety of items to paint.
    Credit card or cash will be accepter onsite from Color Me Mine.

    Residents can come pick up their finished pieces on May 7th from the Welcome Center.

    Email by April 26th to RSVP.


    April 20, 2021


    Yoga class with our instructor, Jen, in the yoga studio

    April 21, 2021

    Toddler Storytime

    Join your neighbors in the yoga studio for stories, games & crafts with award-winning author, Maria Boucher!

    April 21, 2021

    HIIT Class

    HIIT Class in the yoga studio with Remona


    April 20, 2021


    Yoga class with our instructor, Jen, in the yoga studio

    April 21, 2021

    Toddler Storytime

    Join your neighbors in the yoga studio for stories, games & crafts with award-winning author, Maria Boucher!

    April 21, 2021

    HIIT Class

    HIIT Class in the yoga studio with Remona

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