10 Ways to Incorporate the Latest Millennial Interior Design Trends into Your Home
Whether you’ve lived in your home for ages and feel like it looks tired and needs updating, or you’ve just moved in and want your new home looks up to date, you may be struggling to know exactly what’s ‘in’ for homes.
Those in the know are our up-and-coming interior designers, who predict that multifunctional spaces and furniture, smart tech furniture and a mix of vintage and new will be all the rage this year.
“Until now, individuals have assumed they have to choose between clean minimalist and modern interiors, or a vintage look,” says Esra Kumbasar, design director of design collective Accouter Group of Companies (agofc.com). “But this year we will go beyond that, designing a hybrid concept that combines the merits of both and allows individuals to be more environmentally conscious when sourcing items.”
And design expert Rachel Epstein, creative director of decorative furniture company CARME Home (carmehome.com), adds: “Tech-savvy millennials are convenience-first and expect everything to be handy, so it is inevitable that the integration of user-friendly smart technology into the home is also going to be a big trend.
Here, the two designers lay out their predictions for the millennial home design trends of 2022…
Millennials are all too aware of the importance of living sustainably to protect the planet, and Kumbasar predicts this will be reflected in what they buy for their homes — and whether they choose to rent items instead of buying them. .
“Millennials are much more aware of how the world’s natural resources are dwindling,” she points out. “In 2022, they will put more emphasis on sustainability in terms of the materials they use and the brands they buy from.
“With this in mind, we expect to see the rental furniture revolution accelerate. As the demand for sustainability grows, millennials will seek flexible interior solutions, without having to compromise on design or quality. Rather than getting rid of old items and buying new ones, renting offers the ideal solution, while being more affordable. »
2. Between the old AND the new
Kumbasar says vintage design is set to be reborn in 2022 because millennials are concerned about the environmental impact of fast fashion and furniture, and seek timeless pieces with elegance and charm.
“From Victorian furniture or woodwork, moldings and accent chairs, to accents, vases and pottery, we will see increased demand for these items as people mix old and new in ethical and sustainable ways,” predicts -she.
3. Smart furniture (in more ways than one)
“Millennials have grown up with technology, it’s become an essential part of their daily routine, and so it’s no surprise that technology is becoming even more important in the home,” says Epstein. There’s a wide variety of smart tech furniture available these days, ranging from color-changing sideboards, touchscreen coffee tables with glass surfaces that double as computer monitors, dressing tables with color-changing LED lights color and charging ports, and lamp tables with charging ports and hidden Bluetooth speakers.
The days of sharp edges and clean lines are over. Instead, the curvaceous design trend is booming, says Kumbasar. “With more time spent at home, millennials are looking for designs that make a space feel more comfortable,” she says. “From the choice of furniture, through tables and sofas to lamps and mirrors, curved shapes have never been so relevant.”
Because there’s a retro ’70s revival in home decor, velvet is making a comeback this year, Epstein predicts. Velvet accent chairs, headboards, cushions or stools are a good place to start experimenting with the material, she says, but cautions: “When looking to add a touch of elegance in velvet your home, consider what other fabrics this item will be paired with. .”
Kumbasar says that while some people think minimalist design is harsh, “it can be an appealing haven of serenity that makes spaces feel less constraining.”
She suggests that people who want to make their home – or a room, at least – more minimalist, should start by focusing on one or two main pieces of furniture, which highlight the purpose of the room and will create focal points. Neutral colors are important, but she points out that using organic shapes, textures and contrasting surfaces will create a special effect.
“Less is more will be the guiding principle here, but there are still plenty of opportunities to make your mark and introduce your own touch into minimalist design,” she promises.
7. Black is back (if it ever left)
Epstein says the boldness of black makes it popular with millennials who like to keep their decor minimalist, while still making a statement. “In interior design, millennials are more drawn to darker colors because they represent sophistication, elegance and a classic look,” she says. “If you’re looking to keep your home on trend, we recommend black accent furniture first to test the waters,” she suggests.
Kumbasar points out that light fixtures are not just practical but are the central “jewels” in a room. “Carefully placed, cleverly designed and well-designed light fixtures can completely transform an entire interior,” she points out.
“This year, we expect to see statement lighting come into its own, with millennials embracing them as a way to create a unique focal point. From dynamic arrangements to elegant sculptural shapes, with interesting textures or colors , lights can be another way to incorporate standout artwork into the home, so instead of leaving the lighting for last, consider using it as inspiration for an entire design concept. .
9. Multifunctional furniture
“Thanks to our ‘new normal’ of remote working, millennials are the work-from-home generation, but many live in small apartments or shared accommodations,” says Epstein. “Investing in furniture that serves more than one purpose to make the most of a smaller living space is key. There are plenty of brilliant pieces of furniture that act as storage solutions.
Multifunctional furniture ranges from ottoman beds with storage underneath and vanities that convert into desks, to storage sofa beds and hidden desks that look like standard sideboards when not in use.
10. Bring nature indoors
Having lived through the Covid pandemic, Kumbasar says millennials are increasingly looking for a home space that lends itself to optimal well-being and mental health, using natural materials, introducing more light and displaying plants inside the house.
It’s called “biophilic interiors,” which she says can create feelings of calm and positive emotion. Biophilic trends have been on the rise for some time, and Kumbasar believes 2022 will see more vegetation – including plants and greenery – in the home, more natural light, growing popularity of natural materials such as rattan , cane and raffia, and color palettes centered around clean hues and earthy tones.
“Millennials’ affiliation with nature will continue into 2022, but we expect to see this on a larger scale than ever before,” she predicts.
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