The new decor trend is ‘grandmillennial style’— displaying stuff your parents once cherished
FIFTY-SOMETHINGS tend to go for modern home design, which relegates lots of Mom and Dad’s homey decor hand-me-downs to storage. Time to pull them out for your kids. House Beautiful editor Emma Bazilian coined the term “grandmillennial style” to describe the trend of young adults returning to the styles of past decades; the phrase has caught hold. “It speaks to the fact that there is still interest in traditional design and old-fashioned things,” Bazilian explains.
WICKER AND RATTAN
These pieces work indoors or outdoors, says Rudy Saunders, an interior designer and cofounder of the Young Needlepointers of New York City.
Saunders displays not only his own needlepoint but also pieces by his grandmother. “It brings so much joy,” he notes.
RUFFLES, BOWS, FRINGE, TASSELS AND SKIRTS
The style is “bows on anything,” according to Bazilian, “and, literally, skirted anything”—skirted tables, skirted beds and skirted vanities.
CHINA AND CHINA CABINETS
“People want real china again, and they want beautiful patterns,” Bazilian says. Blue and white is popular.
CLASSIC FLORALS AND CHINTZ
Among the possibilities are chintz walls or floral wallpaper, upholstery or linens.
ORNATE TABLE SETTINGS
“There’s a renewed interest in setting a nice table,” Saunders observes, “and that’s an old-school thought process.” —Jenna Gyimesi