By Lauren Ray
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Millennials – members of Generation Y (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) – are beginning to settle down. Now in their 20s and 30s today, they’re getting married, purchasing homes, and starting families. However, they’re often re-thinking traditions, particularly when you contrast their lifestyle with that of someone from the Baby Boomer era. Millennials are careful and conscious consumers. This translates to all aspects of life, from the way they shop, to the way they eat, and even to the way they decorate their homes.
Here’s what’s trending in Millennial home design.
• They want one-of-a-kind. Instead of buying cookie-cutter designs from big-box stores, Millennials are able to find unique and even personalized home decor. Decorating with personal pictures, quotes, prints, and more is very indicative of the Millennial generation. It’s an added bonus if they can get to know and support local artisans. In this way, a home truly becomes theirs.
• They seek affordable decor. Smaller homes are more affordable to the millennial carrying thousands of dollars in student loan debt. In a similar way, this generation seeks affordable home decor. It is not uncommon for a Millennial to find home decor at a thrift store, garage sale, or pawn shop. Repurposing is a major trend in home decor, especially for GenY.
• They’re more minimalist. With the chaos of the digital age, millennials are seeking refinied simplicity when it comes to decor. These conscious buyers are considering the underlying structure of the home. For example, exposed brick makes a perfect canvas for a gallery wall of repurposed frames and other recycled materials. They aren’t crowding their walls, but instead are carefully choosing a statement piece.
• They love technology. Millennials grew up with technology. It’s how they get their news, how they shop, how they share. Many GenY-ers will incorporate technology into home design, whether it’s a few smart speakers scattered across an open shelving unit or a streaming device that’s used as a centerpiece.
• They have a clear point of view. Millennials aren’t trying to create hybrid designs when it comes to home decor. They have a personal brand and they do their best to stick to it. If they enjoy bright, colorful patterns, you’ll find them throughout their home. If they’re minimalistic, you’ll find that style throughout their home.
• They’re in the flow. Open floor plans are a Millennial’s dream. Having the ability to play with a space and create a whole new look without having to purchase anything is a common occurrence in a Generation Y home.
Incorporate some of these Millennial trends into your home decor today – you might be surprised!