2023’s Freshest New Home Design Trend w/ EXQUISITE Kitchen

Jan 13, 2023

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New Home Design Trend Is Luxury at Its Finest!

When a new home design trend flawlessly executes a minimalistic aesthetic that still imparts warmth, you know it is something special. Scandinavian home design at its finest effortlessly blends sleek and modern design. However, the true appeal of this style of home is that it is still incredibly warm and approachable. Bright, light and open spaces are abundant and impart an air of sophistication.

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I toured the “Cardinal” by River City Custom Homes while on a recent trip to Virginia. River City Custom Homes proudly serves Richmond, Virginia, and the surrounding counties with award-winning, quality custom homes.

The Cardinal model boasts two floors of spacious living, five bedrooms, and an abundance of modern charm. From just a cursory look at the home, it is clear that this home showcases exceptional attention to detail. No expense was spared in crafting this home to its full potential.


“Cardinal” Floor Plan + Price

new home design trend floor plan

The “Cardinal” by River City Custom Homes Features:

  • 3535 Sqft
  • 4 Bedrooms w/ 1st floor master
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • Open-Concept Living
  • Bonus Loft Space
  • Unfinished Third Level
  • Office Space
  • Screened-In Porch
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Approximate Price as toured: $900,000
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Custom Scandinavian Home Design Exterior

The exterior of the home showcases a sleek and modern facade. Various materials are used on the exterior of the home to offer a visually appealing, but clean, home aesthetic.

White shake siding and brickwork contrast with darker elements and wood accents, taking inspiration from Scandinavian home design. While the home features mainly clean and sharp lines, there are sweeping curves that add a pleasing dynamic element.

new home design trend exterior

As you continue around the home, a double-wide garage door offers ample space for two cars parked in tandem. An additional swing-style door offers access to the garage from the exterior.

The rear of the home features white siding and a slew of black-framed windows. These windows cast ample natural light into the dining area, primary bedroom, and beyond. A screened-in back porch beautifully extends the living space and creates a seamless indoor-outdoor flow.


Inside This New Home Design Trend

There are very few homes that make you audibly say “wow” the second you walk into them. The Cardinal floor plan by River City Custom Homes does just that. This residence truly has the makings of a dream home.

Just beyond the covered front porch and glass-paned front door, a polished, modern interior awaits. The interior of the home boasts 3,535 square feet of open-concept living with warm floors and luxury accents extending throughout.



A flexible study space is located just off the front entry of the home. The sun-soaked room is the first space residents and guests are greeted by upon entry.

The room features picture-frame and crown molding, a full closet, and ample versatility. Utilize the space as an at-home office or even a fifth bedroom. A convenient door offers access to a full bathroom.


Full Bathroom

The entry-level full bathroom is accessed through the study or main entryway. The bathroom includes a tile-surround walk-in shower, single vanity, and a modern light fixture.


Living Room

The open-concept living area is pretty spectacular. Immediately upon entering the space, your eyes are drawn to the trey ceilings and custom built-ins. The trey ceilings include recessed lighting and a contemporary light fixture. A white-surround fireplace flanked by impressive built-ins anchors the living space.

new home design trend living room

The living area also grants access via a sliding glass door to the screened-in back porch. This back porch is truly something special. The back porch takes open and airy to a new level and greatly extends the home’s living space.



If you haven’t already fallen in love with this home, just wait until you enter the kitchen. The gourmet kitchen features a polished waterfall island illuminated by two modern light fixtures. The impressive island includes a stainless undermount sink and two matte black faucets.

new home design trend kitchen

Clearly designed with a family in mind, the kitchen has space for a double-door refrigerator and includes abundant cabinet storage. A five-burner range and custom range hood reside just beyond the built-in oven.

On the opposite side of the kitchen is a full walk-in pantry. The pantry includes extensive storage with convenient wooden built-ins.


Dining Area

Just off the kitchen, the dining area is flooded with natural light. Windows surround the space and cast a welcoming warmth into the space.

new home design trend dining room

The dining area incorporates a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and exposed beam accents.


Entry-Level Laundry Room

The entry-level laundry room adds a delightful pop of light blue. The laundry room includes a built-in counter and cabinet space and washer and dryer hookups.

new home design trend laundry room

Just off the laundry room is a mudroom-inspired space with built-in storage.


Master Bedroom

The expansive, entry-level master suite is exactly what you would hope for from this polished home. Warm floors extend from the family room throughout the entire suite.

new home design trend master bedroom

The master bedroom features a nearly full wall of windows, an exposed beam, and a cathedral ceiling. A set of double doors leads to the screened-in back patio. Across from the bedroom, an oversized walk-in closet awaits. The closet is complete with ample built-ins and hanging rods.


The Master Bathroom

The en-suite master bathroom isn’t lacking natural light or luxury finishes. As you enter the master bathroom, a door leads to a separate water closet. In the corner of the bathroom, a glass-enclosed shower features two rainfall shower heads and a built-in bench.

new home design trend master bathroom

A soaking tub with black fixtures sits across from a floating double vanity. Either side of the double vanity is flanked by large, nearly wall-to-ceiling cabinets. Natural light floods in from a row of transom windows just above the vanity mirror.


Additional Bedrooms & Loft

Upstairs is a loft area and three additional bedrooms. The oversized loft area easily serves as an additional living space or children’s play area. The first bedroom just off the loft features carpet flooring, wainscoting, and a walk-in closet.

new home design trend secondary bedroom

A Jack-and-Jill bathroom with a tile-surround tubbed shower connects this bedroom to the next.

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Both bedrooms have private, single vanities with geometric tile flooring and access to the bathroom. The second upstairs bedroom also includes a large, walk-in closet, carpet flooring, and a wallpapered ceiling.

new home design trend bedroom

The final upstairs bedroom is just as spacious as the previous two. While this bedroom still includes carpet flooring and a walk-in closet, it also has access to a shared hall bathroom. The hall bathroom connects the third bedroom back to the loft area. The bathroom includes a tubbed shower and single vanity.

A convenient linen closet and a large, unfinished storage closet complete the second level of the home. Just off the bonus loft area is a door with a staircase leading to an unfinished third level. The third level provides the opportunity for a fifth bedroom and an additional full bathroom.


2-Car Garage

The two-car garage features a double wide door with transom windows. Access the garage through the mudroom in the interior of the home, or by an exterior door along the driveway.


Final Thoughts on This All New Home Design Trend

The “Cardinal” by River City Custom Homes truly has the makings of a dream home. The Scandinavian exterior leads to a beautifully polished interior. Natural light, space, and storage are abundant throughout the entire home.

This home provides everything a family would need to live comfortably. Now, the only question that remains… When do you want to move in?



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