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Below you’ll see a breakdown of home decor styles by generation. However, when it comes to home decor, it’s important to remember that these tendencies based on generation are just that – tendencies.
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Just because you were born in a specific time period doesn’t mean you have to follow certain styles or trends. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see someone from an older generation embracing the latest decor styles or someone from a younger generation who prefers a more classic and traditional look.
Ultimately, your home decor should reflect your taste, style, and lifestyle, regardless of your age. So go ahead, mix and match, and create a home you love regardless of trends.
Ok, good; having said all that, for those who like to see tendencies broken down in general, concise lists, here it is:
Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
Baby Boomers are known for their love of traditional and classic styles when it comes to home decor. They tend to prefer comfortable furnishings, muted colors, bold but elegant colors, and elegant accessories that evoke a sense of nostalgia. They also value quality craftsmanship and timeless design, so it’s not uncommon to see well-made antiques and vintage pieces in their homes. However, what’s vintage to a younger person is merely what the baby boomer grew up with, so to the baby boomer, it’s homey.
- Antiques and vintage pieces (mixing modern and antique)
- Comfortable furnishings
- Elegant accessories
- Muted color palette
- Bold colors elegantly implemented
Generation X (1965-1980)
Gen X is all about practicality and functionality. They want their homes to reflect their busy lifestyles, and they prioritize comfort, convenience, and ease of maintenance. They often opt for versatile and durable decor items that accommodate their changing needs and are not afraid to mix different styles and periods. They are also more likely to embrace technology in their homes, incorporating smart home devices and tech-driven appliances into their decor.
- Durable and versatile decor items
- Smart home technology
- A mix of different styles and periods
- Comfort and convenience
Millennials are a generation that values individuality and personal expression, and they reflect that in their decor choices. They prefer bold or muted colors, eclectic patterns, functionality, and unique decor items that showcase their personality and style. They also place a high value on sustainability and often choose eco-friendly and sustainable products for their homes. They are also early adopters of new home decor trends and are on the lookout for the next big thing in home design.
- Bold or muted colors and eclectic patterns
- Unique and personal decor items
- Functionality and practicality
- Eco-friendly and sustainable products
- Tech-savvy and open to new trends
Generation Z (1997-2012)
This next group of up-and-coming homeowners and renters is growing up in a world of constant change, which is reflected in their home decor preferences. They value comfort and relaxation and often opt for soft, plush textures, mood lighting, and calming colors in their homes. They are also tech-savvy and want their homes equipped with the latest technology and devices. They are open to new and unconventional home decor styles, such as Weirdcore and Dreamcore, and they embrace creating a unique and personal space that reflects their individuality.
- Soft, plush textures
- Calming room ideas (View a broad range on Pinterest)
- Calming colors and lighting
- Latest technology and devices
- Unconventional and personalized decor styles.
No matter which generation you belong to, the most important thing when it comes to home decor is to choose styles and products that make you happy and comfortable. Your home should reflect your personality and lifestyle and be a place where you feel relaxed and at peace.
Do Your Home Decor Tastes Reflect Your Generation?
After reading the generalizations for each generation, do you feel your tastes fit within your age, or are you a typical non-conformist who sings their own tune? By the way, either way is fine! There’s no right or wrong answer!
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