It all started with an Instagram close up of what might be the most beautiful bathroom tiles of all time. Gold-rimmed, iridescent and scalloped, they sat layered in an array of jewel toned jade, emerald and aquamarine, and immediately reminded me of mermaids. Like the unicorn and flamingo trends of recent years, mermaid tiles played perfectly into my Gen Y thirst for all things fun and whimsical. They were beautiful, and, more importantly, so very millennial.
After immediately pinning to Pinterest, my mind was racing with ideas of other fun home decor trends that would appeal specifically to my fellow millennial cohort. Keep scrolling to see what I came up with.
Let’s start with where it all began, mermaid tiles.
What I love about mermaid tiles is their surprising versatility. Mermaid tiles in rich jewel tones paired with gold hardware and dark cabinetry exude high impact glamour. Or for a minimalist look, opt for a marble finish which complements the sleek lines of the Scandi aesthetic. And if you’re not ready to go full Ariel, mermaid tiles are a great option for a kitchen backsplash or statement shower wall.
One of the surefire signs of adulthood is owning a house plant – and keeping it alive! But between work life and social commitments, that’s sometimes easier said than done for us busy millenials.
Enter the fuss free succulent. If you hadn’t heard already, succulents are famously low maintenance, requiring very little watering or upkeep. What’s more, succulents are near impossible to kill, making them the perfect form of greenery for any gardening novices.
Succulents come in a fantastic array of colors and quirky varieties, so you’re bound to find one that suits your personal style. Clustered on the coffee table, or perched on an open bookshelf, they look good everywhere! I also really like the trend of succulent wall art. Art can be somewhat difficult for us millenials to buy in to, so fashioning a piece out of succulents is a good cost-effective alternative.
Generation X might have been all about the hammock, but I predict more millennials will opt for the hanging chair instead.
As millenials thrust into the trials and tribulations of reality, who wouldn’t enjoy a home decor trend that takes them back to lullabies and being a newborn in the safety of their parents’ arms?
The best thing about hanging chairs is that they take up far less space than a hammock. This makes them ideal for the tiny apartments most millennials call home! They also look a lot smarter than hammocks, and are far more in keeping with Gen Y’s favorite Scandi-minimalist aesthetic.
Hitting the club is fun and all, but as we journey further into adulthood, there’s going to be a time when a night in becomes the more appealing weekend activity of choice.
That’s when the bar cart will come in handy. As millennials, we’re unlikely to have a dedicated entertaining space. But by adding in a bar cart, our living rooms can be transformed into party central in no time.
Though a vintage trolley is always preferable, a bar cart can be fashioned out of any spare surface. It doesn’t matter if your ‘cart’ is a tray full of drinkware on a side table, or an empty space on your shelf. As long as there’s a place to fix up a cocktail (or three), it’s all good.
From nail art to hair styles, the millennial relationship with all things ombre reads like a series of heart eyed emojis, making ombre home decor a no-brainer for this list.
For the uninitiated, the word ‘ombre’ is derived from the French word ‘ombrer’ which means ‘to shade’. It essentially refers to the gradual transition from one color to another, typically moving in shades from dark to light.
Whether your choice of ombre includes a pretty wall mural or a striking staircase, the look is incredibly easy to achieve. All it takes is an afternoon of DIY, making it a great cost-effective way for us millennials to make a bold statement in our decor.