July 30, 2020
15 home décor trends that reveal what millennials are looking for in a home in 2020
Now that the millennials (anyone born between 1981 and 1996) are hurtling inexorably towards middle age their thoughts are turning to nesting and making a home. Just like previous generations, the baby boomers and Gen X the millennials will also put their own individual stamp on their homes. This article considers popular millennial home décor ideas that reflect specific millennial trends in 2020. We present 15 trends that define the Gen Y home.
Millennials want to live near green spaces, cool restaurants and neighbourhoods with lots of trees. Access to public transport is also critical because more and more are avoiding private car ownership.
Whether it be an urban or rural location good views are critical and where possible millennials like to contemplate the natural world. Panoramic vistas, gardens or even a flower box will do.
Gen Y favours an open plan layout, with a feeling of spaciousness and light. Typically, they like to entertain at home, so garden, dining, kitchen and living spaces are connected.
Working from home is and will be increasingly common-looking into the future. A comfortable desk and a good WiFi connection are the keys.
The kitchen is treated as the hub of the house by Gen Y, the popularity of vegan, vegetarian and other alternative cuisines is translated into a more decorative approach to the kitchen. With plants and vegetables displayed prominently. Including a kitchen island and breakfast bar if space permits.
Millennials love their gadgets, smart homes and devices like iPhones, Alexa and the internet of things combined with vinyl record turntables and retro rotary dial phones. Not forgetting large high definition screens for catching up with streaming series.
Authenticity and organic materials are the order of the day. Polished concrete, porcelain tiles, untreated and treated timber, metal ironmongery. Rattan, wicker and cane furniture, accessories and decorative pieces.
Retro style sofas and chunky knitted fabrics used as throws feature strongly in living rooms. Retro style lamps and subtle lighting that feature LEDs used in imaginative and creative ways.
Gen Y is prepared to spend more on a quality mattress upon which we spend a third of our lives. Rugs and throws, pillows and cushions arranged in groupings decorate the bed. Decorative headboards, organic bed linen and reading lamps define the millennial bedroom décor.
More is more, decorative pieces scattered throughout the home in every room. Including the bathroom. Artworks and objets d’art materials such as marble and ceramic are favoured by Millennials. As are Edison style retro bulbs.
A place of entertainment with a deck or a patio and a fire-pit – the ‘must-have’ outdoors accessory for Gen Y.
Millennials favour house plants that do not require excessive maintenance. But used everywhere. Mother Nature must be part of every room in the home.
Scented candles and customised natural perfumes for the home create a sense of wellbeing and calm. Millennials are a hard-working generation and when they’re at home it’s their sanctuary.