Millennials. We hear the word constantly. Who are they? Well, it depends who you ask, but for the sake of this article, we will go with the large group of folks born between 1981 and 1997. A big range, right? And what is it they want, exactly? In the age of social media and instant gratification, it’s easy to understand why this group falls into an interesting generation, full of many firsts that the world had never seen. Cell phones became the norm, social media became a thing, and all while this group of people was growing up and learning to embrace it. It’s no surprise that design, as it relates to millenials, is just as interesting as this fascinating generation itself.
So, how do you design for Millennials? Let’s focus on current trends. Reclaimed wood, oversized sliding barn doors, natural stone, LED lights. The simplistic “farmhouse” look became popular recently and there’s many ways to modify it. Millennials want a blank slate – think neutral spaces that can be easily and instantly updated for any mood or season. Here at Minneapolis Contractors Choice – MCC, we have porcelain and ceramic tile, as well as hardwood flooring from the best manufacturers.
We asked some millennial friends about their design style. From the homes we’d seen, we had a hunch what the answers would be! Rustic and modern. Easily transitional. One friend stated, “I want to be able to change the mood of the room by adding new throw pillows, a cool rug, or a new art piece, without having to change any major pieces.” Smart, right? Spending a few hundred dollars vs. a few thousand dollars to change the vibe is so satisfying! Minneapolis Contractors Choice- MCC can help you with the big pieces, such as flooring, furniture, cabinetry, and the personal touches, such as wall decor or any other accessories from LENOX.
One trend we’ve seen in kitchens of millenials is pops of color. Bright green painted cabinets or a vintage stove in royal blue. Why not? Mixing textures and trends is also popular. It’s not out of the ordinary to find mid-century modern mixed with transitional and contemporary pieces. Millennials tend to pick individual pieces they like, instead of choosing pieces that are cohesive. And it’s working. They grew up in the tan, brown, earthy tone era, with stainless appliances and granite countertops. Now they strive for something a bit different than what mom and dad had.
Don’t forget: this crew of over 70 million in the United States is extremely tech savvy. Be ready to wow them with state of the art options like floor heating and cooling, moveable countertops, door locks controlled with their mobile devices, and so on! The possibilities are endless, millennials know how to find what they want, and we are here to help.
See you soon at Minneapolis Contractors Choice-MCC!