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These Design Trends Get the Thumbs-Down From Boomers

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These Design Trends Get the Thumbs-Down From Boomers

Whether it's garage doors dominating a home's façade, outdated smart home features, or walk-in closets off the bathroom, homeowners in their 60s, 70s, and 80s have opinions

March 13, 2024
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There's little doubt that interior design preferences vary from generation to generation, and to truly offer universal design so homes are accessible and appealing for all ages, it's worth listening to the feedback from older adults.

A reader poll conducted by Buzzfeed discovered some interesting correlations between age and taste. Hundreds of people responded to the poll, with folks in their 60s, 70s, and 80s offering some specific opinions on design features commonly seen in homes today.

2. "We bought what was supposed to be a 'smart home.' Everything is electronic: lights, curtains, shades, TV, etc. We learned that the systems were supposed to be updated regularly, but they weren’t by the previous owners. Well, our smart home isn't so smart after all! Entire banks of lights don’t work, shades are stuck halfway, and the replacement systems are going to cost thousands. The little control panels are so narrow that you need a stylus and super-coordinated movement to get the right thing turned on or off. What’s wrong with a simple on-off switch? This place is a rolling nightmare!"
—AJ, 78, Cayman Islands ...

19. "Kitchens with ALL the cabinets and storage below counter height. Yes, it’s open and airy to have no cabinets up above, but your 50-year-old knees are gonna HATE that interior designer, I guarantee you. Do you really want to crouch down to find your crackers and get a drinking glass? Every damn day? I hate this trend."

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