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Home Trends from the Indianapolis Home Show

What inside event has intricate water features, a spacious tree house, decadent chocolate and fudge along with a three-level, fully decorated house? The Indianapolis Home Show, of course!

Hardware Retailing editors visited the Indianapolis Home Show to check out the latest trends and innovations going on in home construction and design. With more than 900 exhibitors and a 4,000 square foot house inside the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, the editors spotted three trends amongst the chaos.


Wood is in. And not just wood kitchen cabinets or tables. We’re talking wood lamps, wood wall coverings and wood bathroom décor. The model home at the show was scattered with decorative wood elements, as well as other kitchen displays on the show floor. The use of wood gave the rooms a rustic, yet clean feel, as the wood did not overpower the other design elements.

Naturally Neutral

Vibrant colors were hard to come by at the Indianapolis Home Show, unless you were in the lawn and garden area. Model wall colors favored gray hues, with beige still maintaining a large presence. Kitchen cabinets, wall colors and even the furniture were numerous shades of gray. In the model home, blue design elements were scattered throughout, adding color to the otherwise gray and beige color pallet.

Restored Factory

Industrial metal was used in a multitude of ways on the show floor. In the model home, metal bookshelves and light fixtures added a unique element to the design, contrasting the wood and softer elements. One model kitchen featured a unique island, supported by a recycled metal beam. Kitchen hardware also had an industrial feel, with rustic metal finishing, opposite of the classic, polished hardware.

Look through the following pictures to see some other design features on display at the Indianapolis Home Show.

*All photos were taken by Graeme Haase at the Indianapolis Home Show.

About Sara Logel

As NRHA’s market research analyst, Sara conducts organic research and stays abreast of industry trends to help hardware retailers better run their business. Sara also contributes to editorial content in Hardware Retailing magazine. Sara received her B.S. in Marketing and Spanish from Butler University and, after graduation, began her career with NRHA. Sara enjoys traveling, being outdoors and exploring the city of Indianapolis.

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