What are Millennials and How Are They Influencing Residential Design trends

Millennials continue their march towards world domination by influencing residential design trends to the extent that builders and designers are working with their design ideas across the generational spectrum. Millennials are loosely defined as the generation born from the early 1980s through 2000--a demographic that came of age with cell phones and the internet and are turning old design styles upside down.

Now that they're starting families and buying homes, millennials want the technology of their lives integrated into their homes, and they want green, sustainable design. They want lots of well-organized, high-tech storage--like cupboards that lower at the touch of a button or shelves that lift to reveal another set. The trend towards open floor plans and smaller homes demand specialized storage options--drawers with individual slots for cutlery, and pocket doors that hide appliances. Built-in appliances are a hallmark of this cutting-edge kitchen, which ultimately has a designated storage space for everything so when it's all stowed away the space doesn't actually look like a kitchen.

The move towards natural materials is part of the trend towards sustainable design. Reclaimed wood is a really hot design trend, to the point that some companies are manufacturing a peel-and-stick wood veneer siding out of reclaimed wood. Sliding barn door are a popular use of the old wood, and provides a contrast to the sleek and shiny stainless steel and glass that are so prevalent in these homes.

Another trend the millennials have started is the use of LED lighting all over the house. The lights are available on Amazon and you can control them with an app on your smartphone. Builders are installing the lights in places like the edge of the kitchen cabinets, the fireplace, and shower heads--at the touch of a button you can shower in blue water or purple, and have green flames for your fire. And coming soon--LED lights to make the toilet water more interesting.

For more information on the latest trends in residential design, contact us and we'll help you plan the right update for your home.