Friday, June 16, 2017

Top 5 Interior Designs for Millennials: High Style, Low Cost

Tracey Clayton is on the blog today to share some ideas about Interior Designs for Millennials. These are some great ideas. Enjoy!


When it comes to interior design, the generation born between 1980 and 2000 is more demanding but also more value-oriented than any generation before. Marketing expert and author, Ann Fishman, says that objects re-purposed as furniture pieces once popular in starter apartments are a thing of the past. Millennials have a well-developed sense of taste; they are interested in fashion and style, but also love bargains and quality items on a low budget. With that in mind, let’s look at the five most popular design trends for the millennial generation.

Genuine brands

The question of companies’ transparency and honesty has never been more important. Young people want to know that products and services they are purchasing come from companies that are committed to environmental issues, social justice and healthy living. Millennials expect businesses to be socially responsible, and they don’t have a problem with quickly dismissing the brands that are only interested in making profits. On the furniture level, this leads to a higher demand for more authentic brands with transparent policies. Millennials are willing to pay more for great designs, but won’t allow to be overcharged for items that are poorly designed or built only because the company plants a tree for every purchased lounge.    

Flexible decors

The U.S. Census Bureau Vacancies and Homeownership Survey of 2014 has shown a dramatic drop in home ownership for people under 35. Surprisingly, reasons are not only economic. The millennial generation loves to rent, and if better opportunities arise or the rent becomes too high, they have no problem packing their things and moving to a nicer place. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they want flexible designs that allow them to take their furniture along or rearrange it to fit their new home. Much less than buying new furniture, redecorating for millennials often means mixing things up a bit. Flexibility also includes the ability to combine different designs.

Personalized items

One size fits all doesn’t apply to millennials. They value companies that offer large-scale product customization. For a generation that is trying so hard to carve out their own identity and space, customized interiors are an important aspect of living. The ability to design a wall covering or a coffee table set allows millennials to express their personal taste on more than one level. What is more, that personalization often translates into a unique mixture of decorating styles. Millennials’ homes can have a collection of boldly combined styles from vintage, to modern. TV shows like Mad Men have popularized the Minimalism of the 1950s beyond expectations.  

Functional spaces

With the increased cost of living space, whether owned or rented, millennials have adopted functionality as an essential aspect of design. Many of them are likely to work from home, and they need a space that can serve as both their office and their place of rest. Folding chairs that can dub as coat hangers, bike mounts-bookshelves, an ironing board-mirror or a sofa that transforms into a pair of bunk beds are only a few examples of multi-functional furniture that can save people from buying items for specific purposes only. Having furniture like this, millennials are able to stay organized while enjoying the minimalist design.

Less is more

Finally, another trend that was inspired by urban dwelling and limited spaces in need of decoration. Millennials value designs that are light and small, so they can make a statement even in smaller apartments. To make up for the size, millennials often opt for unusual shapes or bold colours like abstract floor rugs they find online or other items that can instantly attract anyone’s attention. Smaller pieces are also convenient when it comes to moving.

Designing a space in true millennial fashion is all about finding items of value that offer a lot of customization and can fit into your story. The ability to combine different styles comes from the millennial way of life, often sharing their rented living space and moving to communities that are more likeable. The best part is that people of all generations can learn something from these functional designs and improve their interior spaces as well as their way of life.    

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”


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