As a Millennial, it’s hard for me to ignore the abundance of research, news, trends, blog posts and gossip about my own age group. Millennials are at the center of attention as we become of age to run for political office, buy homes, have children and significantly screw up our lives. (Hopefully no one is trying to accomplish that last one…)
So of course in the kitchen and bath industry, the millennial generation has all but taken over the spotlight. Baby Boomers and Millennials are at the forefront of kitchen and bath innovation. New trends and designs are revolving around these two very diverse demographics. Today we will take a look at how we can build for millennials.
What makes it “Built for Millennials?”
According to Professional Builder Magazine, millennials enjoy informal entertaining as much as their baby boomer parents and grandparents. That makes the kitchen a core piece of the home along with having plenty of outdoor or bar space.
But millennials are also really into their personal time and health. That makes places like the bathroom a personal haven for relaxation and alone time. Whatever room it is, there are a few home living trends among millennials that kitchen and bath designers should pay attention to. (source 1 and 2)
- Neutral colors are great for millennials because it gives flexibility to first-time buyers. With neutral colors it’s easy to change the decor and style in a room on a budget.
- A mix of contemporary and re-purposed vintage items is totally in. Salvaged wood and “shabby-chic” are majorly popular design trends among millennials.
- The Kitchen is STILL the core of the home.
- Outdoor spaces are key, especially for smaller homes. Having a large porch or deck gives that perfect informal entertaining space for any occasion.
- Technology is key in the entire house. Millennials are the first generation to grow up with a lot of the internet and smart phone technology we have today. Making a house sync with a phone or an app just seems natural.
- Open spaces! Entertaining is key!
Are you a millennial? What do you want to see in your kitchen or bath space? Have you worked with millennials? What else can you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.