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What Is Grandmillennial Style That You Have Been Hearing About?

So what exactly is grandmillennial style? Below are a few definitions from designers, posted online.

What is Grandmillennial Style?

“Grandmillennial style is a generational rebellion against the sleek minimalism of midcentury modern design,” Rebecca Breslin, senior design manager for Wayfair Professional, says. “While the trend has been around for a year or two, we're seeing it spread from living rooms and bedrooms to kitchens and bathrooms.”

“Taking fringe, trim, chinoiserie, drapery, skirts on furniture, slipcovers, wallpaper—all of that–and updating them to be convenient for today’s 30-year-old” is what grandmillennial style is all about, according to interior designer Becky Boyle. … “It’s classically informed,” agrees designer Lilse McKenna.

House Beautiful, which described grandmillennials as being in their mid-20s to late 30s and “having an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be ‘stuffy’ or ‘outdated’ — Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens.” In other words, it’s for design lovers who are essentially trying to resurrect their grandma’s living room.

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Examples of Grandmillennial Style Decor!

The mood, flavor, and essence of grandmillennial style involve a 30ish old person inheriting and loving their grandparent's slipcovered furniture, needlepoint pillows, china, and tasseled lampshades and then combining these vintage elements with their current mid-century modern, farmhouse, and modern Scandinavian decor.

Grandmillennial style includes lots of textures as well as large doses of patterns. This grandma-chic style reflects twenty- and thirty-year-olds desire for a space that shows off their own personality and individuality while staying connected to the nostalgia of their family's past.


Check out these elements of Grandmillennial Style!

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Have you ever admired your grandmother’s needlepoint pillows, chintz fabrics, or wished for her beautiful and extensive china collection as your own? This new style trend embraces classic design, often combining elements of traditional and preppy to create something entirely new, hence the grandmillennial style has been born.

Elements of Grandmillennial Style Decor!

grandmillennial style design elements

Popular grandmillennial accents and accessories include classic style wallpaper, pleated lampshades, botanical prints, monogrammed linens, fringe, trim, chinoiserie, drapery, skirts on furniture, slipcovers, china, and wallpaper. Toile, chintz, and plaid are popular fabrics. The furniture often features traditional design elements, like tufting, skirting, cane, wicker rattan, and bamboo detailing. Additionally, antiques are essential to this fun, cozy, and nostalgic decor.

I'm actually quite fond of the grandmillennial style. I have always cherished many of the various vintage elements and have used them in my own personal spaces. Why not add a few of these nostalgic items to your own space?

As a professional interior designer and color consultant I write articles that help you with your design decisions, please check out my other posts about color and design on my Interior Design, Blog Page.

...until next time!

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