With more and more Millennials beginning to flood into the territory of homeownership, realtors, home builders, and interior designers around the country are beginning to take a serious look at the varied and often contradictory tastes of the newest homebuying generation.
As it turns out, Millennials are a bit of a puzzle. Their tastes range from rustic country cabin to wanting to live in a Tron-inspired house and everywhere in between, and they want all of that in one house. As The Washington Post reports, Millennials want a home that is a cross between traditional and contemporary, new and old, country cabin and Tron.
For example, natural materials are very popular. Reclaimed wood and stone combine to give a very rustic look to a home without appearing dated. But many rustic materials can be framed or abutted with contemporary steel frames or modern shapes and styles to create a blend of the old and new.
Millennials also love color in unexpected places. Perhaps a bathroom will have a rustic look to it, but when the lights are turned off and the shower is turned on, LED lights turn the running water into a waterfall of color. Other places these colorful lights are popping up are in gas fireplaces and kitchens, where they can turn an otherwise plain looking space into something really interesting. Kitchen appliances, pots and pans, and other kitchen utensils are also likely places Millennials will look to add a pop of color.
Handmade features, clean lines, modern styling, sustainability, and technology are all important features for Millennials, as well. But, as with everything else they are looking for in a home, moderation is key. The more customized and unique a home appears, the more appealing it is to a Millennial.
For the full list and descriptions of the trends Millennials look for most, follow the link below.