Millennials are the new generation of home buyers, and they make a huge part of the property renting market. However, it is not their numbers, but their innovative approach, that is changing the interior design game. As both the products and the makers of the time they are living in, millennials are emphasizing functionality, minimalism, smart tech, and many other design elements worthy of our attention. So, let’s see which millennial-driven trends are shaping the home design these days.
Tiny home movement
Large suburban houses with several bedrooms and bathrooms were the requirement of baby boomers. Due to the economy, current market trends and the increased awareness of the need to save energy, millennials are deciding to settle down in small apartments or tiny homes, which are located close to their offices and social venues. This is a trend that has impacted other design novelties we’ll discuss later.
Less is more
Speaking of the tendencies inspired, among other things, by small homes, minimalism is born out of the need to make a tiny space livable and de-cluttered. It is also the fruit of the ever-growing love for the Scandinavian and Asian approaches to interior design, where the accent is placed on functionality and simplicity. It is achieved through skillful use of space that includes hidden storage units and modular furniture.
Energy-efficiency as a priority
Time is money, and money is hard to make. Millennials know that and they do not intend to waste more money than needed for electricity and heating bills. Energy-efficient units, such as Frigidaire appliances, are a must-have in a millennial kitchen (ranging from dishwasher to the fridge), but so are other household items that save energy, such as LED light bulbs, programmable thermostats, etc.
Green – more than a color
Millennials are the most eco-conscious generation yet, and this is a quality reflected in their homes. Interior design that is beloved by millennials needs to be constructed in a way that treats nature and its resources with respect and doesn’t harm the occupants’ health. This includes the use of eco-friendly materials (e.g. bamboo, cork, reclaimed wood) and avoidance of materials and finishes that can pollute the indoor air (e.g. formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds).
Organic, natural and amazing
The eco-consciousness goes hand in hand with reconnecting with nature, and millennials are doing so the best way they can, by bringing the nature inside their homes. This trend is especially visible in using organic materials (e.g. natural stone walls) and introducing houseplants, which are not only a marvel to look at, but also very efficient air-purifiers.
While generation X was craving kitchen upgrades, millennials prefer tech innovations rather than a newly renovated kitchen. A home designed for the generation Y contains innovations such as smart thermostats, smart hubs, 4KTV, smart ovens, smart tea kettles, and other units that can be managed through a smartphone app, and thus make the homeowners’ lives much simpler.
A love for a certain style
We are not saying that all millennials are the same, but there are certain styles that are overwhelmingly present in their homes. So just like our grandmothers were in love with shabby chic, millennials have a special affection for the Scandinavian and industrial style. What these two have in common are minimalism and being ideal designs for city dwellings.
While baby boomers and their predecessors had to be especially interested in architecture, design and subscribed to a number of magazines dealing with these topics, millennials have the world within their pockets. As soon as Pantone reveals the color of the year, they can get a notification on their smartphone. When a renowned designer speaks about a hot new trend, they can hear about it instantly. This may be the reason why they are so open to embracing new ideas and introducing them into their homes.
Millennials are at the forefront of every major design trend happening right now. It would be a shame not to keep up with these fantastic ideas, and remain stuck in a space that is already a part of the past.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”