Trends and Tips from the Indianapolis Home Show

By Susan Young | Decorating on a Budget

Indianapolis home show recap

The Indianapolis Home Show is always one of the biggest home improvement events in the city. I enjoy attending each year to meet with vendors and discover the latest trends in interior design. Here's what I observed and what you can consider for your future home projects:

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Scenes from the Indianapolis Home Show

This year's event featured more than 900 exhibitors at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds event center. I planned to spend three to four hours there, but there was so much to see, I could have stayed longer. I wanted to spend time talking to some of the individual exhibitors.

Interior Design Trends from the Davis  Homes Showcase Home

Every year, at the entrance of the Indianapolis Home Show, there is a fully constructed and landscaped home built specifically for the show. This year's home was built by Davis Homes and was built in a farmhouse style. 

Indianapolis Home Show 2019 - Farmhouse Style Showcase home

The Davis Homes showcase home at the Indianapolis Home Show 2019 - Farmhouse Style

Inside, the home featured neutral, earth-toned colors mixed with elements of dark and dramatic lighting and accent pieces. The farmhouse style remains a popular choice in home design and decor. In addition, neutrals continue to trend as a popular decorating style here in Indiana. For 2019, we are seeing layers of pattern and texture throughout the home in items such as bedding and throw pillows. Occasionally, pops of color will show up in a feature wall or accent piece. Finally, industrial lighting in dark metals throughout the home added a bit of drama and moodiness to the neutral backdrop. 

industrial lighting fixture

This modern and industrial light fixture added drama to a master bathroom in the Indianapolis Home Show showcase home

neutral family room design

This earth-toned family room adds drama with an overhead lighting feature and accent wall. Patterned and textured throws and pillows contrast with the beige couch, walls and curtains.

Elsewhere at the Indianapolis Home Show

With a wealth of ideas for your next home improvement project, it would be easy to get overwhelmed while browsing all the exhibitor booths at the Indy Home Show. So I've put together a few tips that may help you as you look to renovate, decorate and improve your home this year:

Home Improvement Tip #1: Prioritize Your Home Projects and Start with One

After attending the Indianapolis Home Show, you may have a list a mile long of things that you want to update or renovate in your home, However, there's no sense in having your entire home torn up at one time. So my suggestion is to prioritize your list of projects, based on the need, desire or even the return on investment. Then work toward completing that one project before moving onto the next one. That method will leave you feeling less overwhelmed and more accomplished.

Home Improvement Tip #2: Know When to Outsource to a Professional and When to DIY

My husband and I are King and Queen of Do-it-Yourself. The reason? We are always balancing the cost to renovate ourselves versus hiring a professional contractor. Hiring a professional usually costs more, but may be worth it in the end. If you have someone fairly handy in your family, or you have the time, it may make sense to make certain home renovations yourself.  For example, you could paint a small room or plant some flowers in your front yard. However, it's time to hire a professional if you don't:

  • Enjoy doing the work
  • Have time to complete the project
  • Feel knowledgeable enough to do the job

You may want a professional decorator or contractor to work on a home project, for instance, if you don't have an eye for selecting color schemes or materials. A professional decorator like Color Joy Interiors can help you create the home or room you're seeking, and you can avoid  the overwhelm of designing the spaces yourself.

Home Improvement Strategy #3: Compare Vendors When Hiring

I noticed at the Indianapolis Home Show that there were multiple vendors for each home improvement category. For example, there were several Indianapolis kitchen and bath remodeling companies, many Indy landscaping companies, and lots of Indianapolis painting companies. How should a homeowner distinguish between all of the choices? My suggestion is to weigh the options. Consider the benefits of a locally-owned and managed business versus a local franchise. Compare costs and features as well as the personalized or timely service you'll receive. Bigger does not always mean better. Finally, check references or reviews on sites such as Angie's List to make your final vendor decision.

Indy Home Show - kitchen backsplash ideas

I love this hexagon backsplash, found in the showcase home at the Indianapolis Home Show.

Home Improvement Tip #4: Don't Neglect the Exterior of your Home

I noted that there were many companies at the Indianapolis Home Show that specialized in the exterior of the home. For example, I saw many roofing and siding, exterior painting, lawn and landscape and pest control companies, to name a few. This serves as a good reminder to never neglect the outside of your home, while you may tend to focus on the inside. A fresh landscape and some curb appeal can create a welcoming appearance and could help present your home in a positive light for future buyers, if you are selling your home.

What Inspires You with your Home Projects?

I'm curious: what do you to do get ideas and inspiration for your home projects? Let me know in the comments below:

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About the Author

Susan is a Midwest mom of two and lover of all things colorful in the home. She works with homeowners to find their unique style and color palette while keeping their budgets and lifestyles in mind. You can find her hanging out on Instagram at @colorjoyinteriors or Twitter @getcolorjoy, where she shares her latest colorful projects and inspirations.

  • Stacy Preston says:

    Thank you for the summary! I wasn’t able to get out to the home show this year so I enjoyed your pics from the Davis Homes Showcase Homes. Also, great advice on the home projects.

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