6 Show House Tips to Update Your Home

I have been fortunate to attend several “show home” type events over the past six months for work and I’ve seen some INCREDIBLE houses and even a condo with a million dollar view in downtown Nashville at the new high-rise development 505 C on Church Street. I’ve seen a lot of beautifully decorated homes and I’ve recognized that some of the accessories and trends can be replicated on a budget.

Here are some of the home accessory trends I’ve seen in Memphis and Nashville.

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6 Show House Tips You Can Use to Update Your Home

Contemporary Overhead Lighting

This is a gorgeous utility room, definitely one of the prettiest I’ve seen, from last fall’s Nashville Parade of Homes at Witherspoon Brentwood. Check out these stunning pendant lights. I found one very similar at Home Depot for less than $60. I’ve also seen some amazing shell-inspired and beaded chandeliers at several homes. World Market is a great place to search for these.

home lighting trends 2018


Floating Shelves

Contemporary floating shelves have a great minimalistic look and showcase groupings, such as your favorite books, a few small plants/succulents (also very in right now) or a few framed photos. You can find them just about anywhere! Here are some great looking floating shelves on Amazon. I loved this all-white bedroom at the Parade of Homes and the modern boho feel. I wouldn’t have thought to group the vintage looking floral rug with these furnishings but it works!

contemporary white bedroom


Chevron/Herringbone Wood Patterns

I think chevron as far as a fabric trend is over, but I saw the faux wood trend throughout show homes over the past six months. This was an accent wall in a bathroom at a show house. How cool is this?! I also like that you can use it sparingly. You can find peel and stick products like this on Amazon. I’ve also seen this updated herringbone pattern used in flooring. There are some beautiful luxury vinyl products on the market that look like aged wood and are very durable.

chevron wall idea

Round Coffee Tables

Remember the million dollar view condo I mentioned? This is it! And take note of the herringbone pattern trend in the rug that adds some cool texture! This round coffee table softens the room. Here’s a cool option for less than $125. Also there’s that cool overhead lighting trend again. Industrial look lighting is big.

Downtown Nashville Luxury Condo


Neutral Bed Linens and Upholstered Headboards

Just about every show home I’ve been in has a neutral linen scheme for bedding.  This is the stunning master bedroom for last year’s O’More Show House. Isn’t it gorgeous! I also saw lots of pillows and always, always a throw at the end of the bed. Here’s a really pretty comforter set in white from Walmart to give you an idea for recreating this look on a budget. Personally I think it’s best to mix and match. You can find a lot of pieces to pull together at stores like TJ Maxx, so your bed linens aren’t so “matchy matchy.”

This bedroom was also part of the 2017 O’More Show House.

upholstered headboard

I’ve seen so many pretty and inspiring bedrooms at show homes, here’s one more. This is from last year’s Parade of Homes event. Check out that ceiling pattern!

Driftwood Accent Pieces

I saw a lot of driftwood inspired accent pieces on tables and even the walls. Even if you don’t live near the beach, it’s a natural accent that’s beautiful. This incredible piece of art was at the O’More Show House. You can find accent pieces that are more affordable at places like Home Goods. I love this sculpture on Amazon. It would look great on an entry table or mantle. This driftwood bowl would look perfect on a coffee table.

Driftwood Artwork

What do you think of these trends? What’s your favorite idea? Do you ever attend Parade of Home events or other open houses for new developments? It’s a great way to get ideas. Here locally the O’More Show House each fall is not only a great fundraiser for the design school, located in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, but a wonderful way to see some innovative interior design trends.

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