Tired of the all-white design aesthetic so prevalent on Instagram, some millennials are resurrecting their grandparents’ decor in their own homes with comfy, colorful results. Introducing grandmillennial style!
Do you see a pattern here?
For years now, white has been the “it” color in home design. We’ve seen it throughout the house: white shiplap walls in the family and dining rooms, white Shaker-style cabinets in the kitchen, white walls and black accents in the bedroom. Maybe that’s why some 25- to 35-year-olds are combining the colors, patterns and styles of their grandparent’s generation with modern accents. Thus the name “grandmillennial.”
This “granny chic” neo-traditional look combines bright colors, bold wallpaper, cushy upholstered seating and needlepoint pillows with modern metallic accents and abstract art for a fresh new style that reminds millennials of their childhood homes — with a twist.
Grandmillennial style pairs patterned upholstery, wallpaper and curtains — think plaids, toile and chintz — with richly stained wood furniture. Skirted tables, wicker and rattan furniture, blue-and-white porcelain, flourishes of ruffles, and tasseled fringe add a vibrant individuality without being dated and quaint. Even Grandma’s fine china finds its way to the cabinet and table. Modern art and accessories add freshness and prevent the look from becoming stuffy.
The return of grandma’s handiwork
Speaking of old school, Granny would be delighted with the resurgence of interest in needlepoint. Millennials are finding stitchwork a therapeutic respite from cell phones. Instead of the traditional sayings of their grandparents’ day, grandmillenials are just as likely to stitch something sassy on a pillow.