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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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