While the world of interior design continues to be dominated by the farmhouse home décor trend, which combines stark white, minimalist interiors with black and natural wood accents, another minor trend has emerged lately and to say it’s the exact opposite , is an understatement. Get to know the grandmillennial style, also known as “granny chic”. With more than 43,000 posts on Instagram under the #grandmillennialdecor, the trend has amassed a lively fan club. More proof: The search term “Grandmillennial Decor” has risen 13 times since last year on Pinterest.
The marriage of patterns and colors, textures and materials – and yes, even needlepoints and willows – was first identified by House Beautiful, who labeled grandmillennials as their mid-20s to late 30s and “had an affinity for design trends from mainstream culture as” stuffy “or” Obsolete “- Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens. “In other words, it’s for design enthusiasts who are essentially trying to revive their grandmother’s living room.
“The grandmillennial style is a generation rebellion against the sleek minimalism of mid-century modern design,” says Rebecca Breslin, senior design manager at Wayfair Professional. “While the trend has been around for a year or two, it’s spreading from living rooms and bedrooms to kitchens and bathrooms.”
Roxy Te Owens, founder of the next-generation furniture brand Society Social and host of the ABC TV show “Localish”, explains: “A great millennium is inviting you; It exudes a sense of comfort and warmth brought to life by the blend of natural materials like wicker, rattan, and wood, plus the gorgeous organic texture of tassels, ruffles, and pleated skirts. ”
But while grandma’s old-school aesthetic might be the inspiration for the millennium, an exact replica isn’t the goal, says interior designer Eric Ross, owner of Nashville-based design firm Eric Ross Interiors. “Grandmillennial style is about taking traditional design elements and presenting them in a fresh way,” says Ross. “Find the timeless and classic pieces from your mom or grandmother’s collections, then mix them up with small prints that are matched with larger floral designs and use blue and white porcelain and other chinoiserie accents. Integrate upholstery or a rug with an animal motif. Yes to toile. Yes to the edge. ”
According to Owens, other must-haves to improve the look are “a sofa with a tassel trim, a wicker stool with a punchy print or an accent pillow with timeless chintz. A grandmillennial has an appreciation for the past [they are] Classic style follower with a passion for tradition … with a twist. Think of warm, beautifully layered rooms, a mixture of prints, patterns, colors and textiles galore. ”
To get you started on your millennial journey, we’ve put together a number of our favorites that, when layered together in your space, are reminiscent of the old styles of yesteryear – mixed with traces of your personality, of course.
Pierce Wicker side table
Grandmillennials can’t get enough wicker in their lifetime, but the wood material isn’t cheap. That’s why we’re obsessed with this cute little side table from Urban Outfitters that rings for just under $ 100.
York Wallcoverings Havenview mural
The chinoiserie – also known as art and furniture reminiscent of 18th century Chinese motifs – is an important component of the millennium, and this gorgeous, pasty mural from Anthropologie fits the bill.
INeedABiggerHouse Welcome Vintage Needlepoint Door Hanger Sign
While we’ve never seen the needlepoint come back in style, here we are! We love this cute Etsy sign that welcomes guests. And if you prefer a pillow, the same mantra is available on one for a little bit more, along with a range of other sassy designs.
Threshold Designed with Studio McGee Palmdale Woven Door Console
Channel the wicker and bamboo motifs loved by grandmillennials with this chic console from Threshold’s collaboration with Studio McGee. The woven doors are our favorite design detail, but we also love the brightly colored wood and the large storage space that the piece offers.
MerceriaNoeViu Big Tassel Pulls
Finish an old dresser or TV console with these super-chic tassels popular with grandmillennial decor influencers. Fear not: if these hues aren’t for you, Etsy shop owner MerceriaNoeViu has dozens of other style and color options here.
The Inside X Bank
The Inside is one of our favorite brands for affordable custom furniture, and this X-shaped bench epitomizes how fabulous their wares are. Fancy? Check. Custom? Check to see if there are 125 more patterns. Affordable? Under $ 300, yep, that’s a check. Chintz has never looked so stylish.
Food52 Vintage French Transferware Serving Plates & Mixed Plates
If you don’t have access to Nana’s family chinaware, don’t worry! We can now turn to Food52 for all of your vintage servingware needs. This collection includes a set of four plates ($ 128), each with an eclectic French design, and a coordinating platter ($ 98).
Birch Lane Miron Undermount kitchen sink
Wayfair’s Breslin told us that Edwardian kitchens are a big trend on the site, due to the surge in huge millennial interest. This sink fits the trend perfectly and we love the rustic antique copper tone.
Golden Hour chandelier
Did our grandmas have crystal chandeliers in their homes? Naturally! Imitate their style with this ultra-elegant version that will look gorgeous in both the living room and the entrance area.
Greek bust container
Add a hefty dose of ancient Greek flair to your room with these cement busts that can be kept indoors or outdoors. The busts are great for adding height to a table or shelf. They also serve as potters so they can hold your green as well.
Toile sheet set
As well as showing up on your walls, toile can make a statement on your sheets as well. This lovely set is loved by reviewers and the blue and white color scheme is just so classic.
Tempaper Pink Lemonade Tropical Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper
Wallcovering is a big, resounding yes for grandmillennials, and the busier the print, the better. This option from peel-and-stick brand Tempaper will add a ton of depth, pattern, and lemonade color to your space.
Rifle Paper Co.
This one is more classic, with floral accents. We also love that it comes in all sorts of colors, from dramatic black to bright and cheerful white.
Mercer41 Horacia Curio Shelf
This cute little chinoiserie-style shelf is perfect for the nooks and crannies of your home. We love the gold plated design and that it can be wall mounted too.
Ballard Blue & White Chinoiserie Collection
Another unanimous grandmillennial style favorite? Blue and white porcelain. For those who don’t have time to look in antique stores, Ballard’s Chinoiserie collection offers eight timeless shape options that look perfect on a console, breakfast table or bookcase. If you’re looking for a more neutral color palette, check out the Frontgate collection of vases, pumpkins, and bowls in soothing creamy tones.
Gun Paper Co.
Rifle Paper Co. x Loloi Luxembourg carpet
Two brands we love? Rifle Paper Co. and Loloi. So you can only imagine how excited we were with the amazing collaboration between the two of them. The result is this bold floral print rug that is the perfect backdrop for a grandmillennial style room.
Melody rattan bar cart
Bar carts are a must have for home decor, and this one would look right at home in your grandmother’s Florida living room. We love the retro rattan details, the huge storage space, and the fact that it has wheels.
Maison d ‘Hermine The Miller curtain made of 100% cotton
Toile curtains, anyone? Yes, please! Available in four sizes and 25 prints and colors, these cotton panels include both a pole pocket and a panel loop so they can be easily hung.
Zebra natural carpet
Follow Ross’ advice on animal printing with this chic zebra print option from Ruggable. The rug is machine washable and available in nine shapes and sizes. It is also available in three colors. Take a look at our review of Ruggable carpets here.
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