TRENDS REPORT: Highlights from BAGI Home-A-Rama

IDC welcomes guest blogger Maryellen Hodapp, Interior Designer/Owner of Sassy Green Interiors, LLC to share her take on the latest trends showcased at this year’s BAGI Home-A-Rama.

I spent a lovely rainy Friday afternoon with a member of my staff at the 2016 Home-A-Rama presented by BAGI (Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis) taking in the work of some of my design peers whose work was spread across 11 new homes in the Chatham Hills subdivision in Westfield, Indiana. Here are six predominant trends I noticed in home décor and interior design at the show.

Predominant Trends from the 2016 BAGI Home-A-Rama

1. Natural Materials

A beautiful use of stacked fieldstone, flagstone and even smooth limestone on walls and fireplaces added a touch of natural warmth. Vaulted ceilings, accented with hand hewn wooden beams in rich browns contrasted with light ceilings; white beams contrasted with richly stained wooden ceilings. Designers applied natural wood in varied weathered hues in horizontal patterns, as well as shiplap in white or other subdued and saturated colors.

BAGI Home A Rama Wedgewood builder

Stacked stone around the fireplace adds a warm touch in the home built by Wedgewood Building Co. with interior design by Thomas & Jayne Interior Design (suite 222 at IDC).

vaulted ceiling beam

Unique vaulted ceilings with curved beams featured in the Old Town Design Group modern farmhouse with interior design by Everything Home.

2.  High Color Contrast

I noted high color contrast as a consistent look throughout most of the houses; designers mixed dark materials with lighter walls, trim and cabinetry. Dark wood railings and naturally rustic wide plank hardwood floors in shades of medium brown to espresso were complemented by predominantly lighter, neutral wall colors and light cabinetry. Darker light fixtures in rustic metals tied in with other rich colors in the rooms. Dark saturated paint colors were widely used on bookcases, trim and doors; again offsetting lighter furnishings and soft goods.

Deep color contrasts in the foyer of the Christopher Scott Homes home designed by Dare 2 Design.

Deep color contrasts in the foyer of the Christopher Scott Homes home with interior design by Dare 2 Design.

3. Eclectic Mix of Materials and Styles

Industrial chic, farmhouse, transitional, cottage, New England, contemporary and modern: each of these styles were explored, often with many styles overlapping in one house and even in individual rooms. Traditional kitchens were offset by modern family rooms boasting clean and linear inset fireplace walls.

Ship lap creates a crisp and cozy feel in this children's bunk and play room from the McKenzie Collection / Gary Nance Design home

A mix of metals, stone, cabinet color and even crystal create a harmonious combination in this open concept kitchen and dining area within the Christopher Scott Homes home designed by Dare 2 Design.

4. Industrial Materials

Most of the designers mixed in industrial materials for a fresh, current look. Metal stairwell newels and posts connected with cabled railings and an abundant use of industrial-styled accent lighting made a strong statement throughout the homes. The use of the cool metal finishes nicely balanced the widespread use of natural materials.

Rustic and industrial materials used to create this unique lower level bar in the G&G Custom Home designed by Hilari Goris.

Rustic and industrial materials were chosen to create this unique lower level bar in the G&G Custom Home with interior design by Hilari Goris Designs.

5. Trims and Moldings

Board and batten in ¾ wall height, beadboard and shiplap were lavishly applied throughout the homes. A Chinoiserie-style pattern was repeated in one home on the wainscot and the stairwell railings. Designers created unusual ceiling patterns using painted wood trim that created strong visual statements.

Home A Rama McKenzie Gary Nance

Shiplap covers the walls and ceilings in this crisp, yet cozy, play and bunk room from the McKenzie Collection home created in collaboration with Gary Nance Design.

6. Tone on Tone Color and Subdued Color Palettes

Designers chose neutral shades for the walls throughout the body of the homes, with varying leanings toward cooler grays or warmer beiges. The master bedrooms continued to lean heavily on spa-like retreat themes with soft shades of subdued blues. Dark, saturated colors accented some doors and trim, especially in basements. The color palettes were organic, saturated and historic, providing a canvas to highlight for the other natural materials used throughout the home.

Ship lap exposed beams

Clean living room color palette in the McKenzie Collection home created in collaboration with Gary Nance Design.

Home A Rama Old Town Design Group

A relaxing color palette in the master bathroom creates a spa-like retreat in the home built by Old Town Design Group with interior design by Everything Home. Window shades from Drapery Street (suite 109).

Congrats to the builders and designers who did a great job capturing some of the latest design trends!


Sassy Green Interiors, LLC
Maryellen Hodapp
(317) 370-6523
[email protected]



“As a designer, my goal for each design is to tangibly reflect my client’s passions, experiences and lifestyle by creating a balanced picture of beauty and function that transforms a house into an inviting and comfortable home.”  ~Maryellen Hodapp

Unique among design firms, the husband and wife team at Sassy Green Interiors offers full-service design services- from conception through implementation- as well as general contracting and handyman services. Sassy Green Interiors offers the advantage of established relationships with skilled electrical, plumbing, finish carpentry and painting contractors. As an added benefit, clients enjoy Sassy Green Interiors’ direct purchasing relationships with unique vendors.  Decades of design experience combined with an unparalleled commitment to client satisfaction help to ensure a smooth design experience. Maryellen is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Maryellen’s designs incorporate the best of both past and present styles: the long treasured and the newly acquired. With a focus on preserving the timeless, classic and balanced elements of traditional styling, she layers in fresh, youthful touches of color and pattern drawn from today’s vibrant palette.  Maryellen works with many of her clients to help them transition from the “family home” to the “empty nest”.  She artfully helps her clients select from their collection the familiar and cherished pieces that will become an integrated personal reflection within their updated design style.

When not designing for her clients, Maryellen enjoys entertaining and creating lavish table decor for her guests to enjoy.  In her free time you will most often find Maryellen enjoying a meal with friends, taking a walk with her husband, Michael, or playing with her English Labrador Retriever Margaret Thatcher, AKA Maggie.

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