Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City holds a great tour of homes twice a year in the Spring and Fall. A lot of the homes are built and fully staged. You can find out more info here: https://kchba.org/kc-parade-of-homes/spring/
You’re allowed to walk in and out of dozens of homes at no cost. If you like design, decorating, home tours, etc., it’s such a fun thing to do for a few hours. If you’re planning to build or remodel it gives you the opportunity to see lots of ideas from a wide range of builders and designers at all different price points.
Strangely, the staircase below was probably my favorite thing from the tour this year. I liked the traditional look to the stairwell, but also the mix of painted wood with stained wood and the metal railings. The textured carpet runner was pretty, too.
I also really liked this backsplash tile below. I am still loving white kitchens. I love light and bright. I’m not sure that will ever change. I have seen some kitchens that are two toned with some white and wood stains. I like those as well. But anyway this tile is soft but pretty. There were so many great tile selections in the homes. Tile is really becoming a huge design element of its own. If you don’t like white kitchens, we did tour a few homes that had wood stained cabinets, too, so it seems they are making a comeback.
Light fixtures were stunning in every home. That’s a design element I really struggle with; seeing light fixtures on a page or in a store is one thing, I’m not good at envisioning them in my own spaces. That’s probably why we haven’t changed any fixture in 3 years at this house, even though I don’t like what’s currently hanging. There are so many options!
I don’t know that I would have picked out these big dark drum lights on my own for a white kitchen, but I like them!
Lastly, we noticed two years ago there were a lot of homes with custom designs being built out of wood on the walls. I’m not sure what the exact name for that is, but they bring a texture to a room and I really like it. It gives the rooms so much more character, which can often be lacking in new builds. Fancy light fixtures below again, as well.