There's something really honest about decorating your own home. You aren't hanging colorful wallpaper or perpetually looking for the perfect accent chair for anyone but yourself (and perhaps whoever you live with!). It's a means of self expression that shares so much about your interests, your experiences, and your personality.
Fascinated by the idea of style identity, — a design platform that allows you to virtually test out interior decor before buying — used the findings from their free style quiz to see what the most popular design styles were by age group. Although we were pretty shocked, their Director of Style, Alessandra Wood (who also has a PhD in design history), explains why the results aren't so surprising:
Read on to discover the most popular interior design styles by age.
Millennials: Mid-Century Modern
A surprise to pretty much no one, people ages 18 through 34 are absolutely obsessed with "Mod Visionary" as Modsy calls it (AKA minimalist, mid-century modern style). We're not totally sure if it's "Mad Men" syndrome or the fact that millennials are city dwellers and need simple furniture, but it seems to be the storied design style that proves young people aren't all about trends.
"Midcentury style furniture tends to feel more open and less bulky, and is known for being 'livable', which translates to both comfortable and stylish," says Wood. "Urban areas are also the prime location for the industrial aesthetic, with tons of converted lofts and newer buildings mimicking the loft-feel."
Baby Boomers: Rustic
More likely to live in the suburbs, it makes sense that Baby Boomers gravitate towards "Refined Rustic" design. The demographic might have traded in their apartment for a house, prioritized being closer to nature, and want their home to be comfortable before anything else. Rustic beautifully blends informal decor with classic design. "Stylistically these houses have a more traditional feel and much more space, creating a perfect backdrop for classic pieces of furniture," Wood says.
Gen Z: Rustic
If you didn't already know, Gen Z is the post-millennial generation, including newborns through those in their early twenties. Obviously these results focus on the older end of the spectrum (although babies deserve chic design options, too!)...and they are totally into "Rustic Warmth". Maybe this is evidence that trends really do move in cycles, these youngsters drawing inspiration from older generations who also love the look.
"We're seeing a resurgence in popularity of classic styles, but layered with an informal twist," says Wood. "Overstuffed furniture, textures, and vintage collections might read as slightly formal, but Gen Z exhibits them to show where the dweller has been and what they love."