Room of the Month: Move over mid-century

Grandmillennial Style is having a moment

The grand millennial look is all the rage these days; bright and colorful with traditional elements. Think Gloria Vanderbilt’s NYC apartment, or if Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren fought over the design of your living room. This look is fresh and updated, and yet has a nostalgic nod to traditional designs and heirlooms. In a season post-pandemic people are looking for comfort, hope and excitement. Pieces that take us back to what once was, but an overall look that looks freshly to the future.

What’s old is new As described by writer Emma Bazilian, who invented the term, grandmillennials range in age from mid-20s to late-30s and “have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be ‘stuffy’ or ‘outdated’ — Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens.”

This design by Sharon Cleland of J. Banks Design Group combines fresh and modern colors with timeless silhouettes, quilted sofas with coastal blue velvet exude a playful sophistication. The art is simple and modern, but with silhouettes and shapes that lend a retro feel. This is the hallmark of today’s style. This is a marriage of looks with something old and something new. The sea grass walls are a classic coastal wall covering, but gets updated with a multicolored styling. Often when we think of coastal we think blue and white; sleek and clean. But what is oft forgotten is texture, nostalgia. Design elements that make us not only think of a place, but a lifestyle, and a look built around it.

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