What are the key interior design trends that millennials want in their new homes? Home design trends are constantly changing and since millennials are the new home buyers, they are beginning to shape the home design trends.


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Who are the Millennials and what do they want in their homes is an important question for builders, architects and interior designers.

Who are the Millennials?  They are people who were born between 1980 and 2000.  They are sometimes referred to as Generation Y. There are 74 million adult Millennials which is a 31% share of the adult population. There were nearly 4 million births each year from 1988 to 1994.  Millennials spent 27 billion on furnishings and bedding in 2014.  The source of these facts was the United States Census Bureau and Furniture/Today market research.

What do millennials want in interior design?  They want

  • inspired looks,
  • in-style furniture,
  • functional pieces,
  • intact and white glove delivery,
  • creative design,
  • comfort
  • practicality
  • great style.

Many millennials like gray best for their top pick of a neutral color, while blue is the top choice when using a highlight color. However, many millennials like taupe, cream, and other neutrals as well. Many of the new homes have gray and white in the kitchens. However, the most important part of interior design for millennials is to be creative and have their own look.

 According to a Furniture/Today and Apartment Therapy survey, the millennials describe their home’s design personality as “balanced, with neutral colors”. They like

  • technology, used in every area but especially in the kitchen and living areas
  • hardwood floors, such as hand-scraped wood floors which are popular now
  • more natural light, with lots of large windows
  • outdoor space, to have an extra kitchen or sitting area
  • an open floor plan, with different areas within it
  • larger rooms, especially in the family, living room areas
  • up-to-date major appliances, that can be controlled with a smart phone

These are all on the “must have features list” for their home

Millennials would also like to have laundry rooms, walk-in pantries, and extra storage in the garage.  



Millennials want homes that offer value, openness, flexibility and are technology-centric.  They want a SMART home where rooms can be used for more than one purpose. They also want sustainable features in their home that will result in lower heat bills. They like things that look and feel “techy” and are also practical.


Technology is changing the way we live. This millennial can see who is at the front door on their TV.

One of the newest interior design products that was designed with the millennials in mind was intelligent shades that simplify your life.  It was the winner of the 2015 Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) award for Best New Style concept!


The beauty of PowerView Motorization by Hunter Douglas is that your window treatments can adjust themselves automatically, creating the perfect lighting in your room for morning, noon and night.  


You can program your window treatments to the exact position you want and then control and schedule them by using an app on your smartphone or tablet.  Or you can operate your settings using the new PowerView Pebble Control.  These wonderful new window treatments can be purchased from your professional interior designer who will be able to help you with the incredible range of sophisticated styles.


Millennials also want affordable value and they are realistic about what they can afford.  They want rooms in their home to serve more than one purpose.  They want the rooms to be flexible as their family grows and changes.  For example, they may want to use one bedroom as a play room for the kids, a man cave, a project room or an office.  Flexibility and growth are key to the millennial home buyer.  

As professional interior designers we can help millennials by creating affordable value and flexible, multi-functional plans for their homes. We can also help them find window treatments that will be beautiful and easy to use. We can help them plan various ways to use their rooms and help them with their furniture floor plans. Call your local professional interior designer to find out more ways they can help you with your new home


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