Millennial Home Decor Is All About These 6 Things — How Many Do You Have?

Both Millennial Home Decor and Gen Z Style can be based around 6 things. Are you showing your age through the way you've done your space?

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When it comes to the Millennial Home Decor/Gen Z Style divide, I consider myself firmly planted in the so-called "Genzennial" camp. With one foot in either generation (I was born at the start of 1996, the final year of millennial qualification), I'd like to think I have a decent handle on the tendencies of each, though my elder and younger counterparts might certainly beg to differ.

In some ways, the difference between these two groups is no more pronounced than it is on TikTok, where each faction spends a considerable amount of time pointing out its differences from the other across things like corporate etiquette, social media prowess, and yes, even homes purchases from some of the best home decor brands out there. One creator in particular even sparked weeks of media discussion after his quite astute analysis of Gen Z vs. Millennial interior design trends went viral.

After seeing the video myself, it got me thinking. What are the differences between Millennial and Gen Z home decor? At which point might a person with taste age, say, 35, diverge with the same person at age 25? Which lane do I, your token genzennial, tend to lean into more? And — the even better question — which lane do YOU?

So join me as I, along with a few experts, discuss and investigate this pressing question, and maybe even do a bit of shopping along the way.


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What is Millennial decor?

Typical Millennial decor is typically characterized and 'heavily influenced by mid-century modern and minimalist scandi, with simple lines and a utilitarian no-frills kind of clean look,' writer and interior designer Kelly Kruger, who has written many a piece about the design differences between the two generations, told me. 'Millennials gravitated toward neutral color palettes heavy in cool grey tones, white and bright airy spaces,' she went on. 'Think straight angles and clean lines, curated vignettes with little clutter.'

'It’s well known that millennials love nostalgia, which explains their preference for both retro and mid-century modern design styles,' agreed Octavio Estrada, senior architectural designer at Block Renovation. While Gen Z tends to be more maximalist (we'll get into that in a minute), Millennials are more focused on minimalism, particularly as it relates to the 'hygge' design trend and the desire to create 'warm, comfortable living spaces,' Octavio said. This is where 'millennial pink' — or that dusty rose color that eventually infiltrated every room, movie, and piece of furniture — really came into play.

As far as patterns go, millennials were obsessed with the chevron print, which, per Octavio, now feels outdated (I would agree). But a trend that has endured is the age group's use of plants, which still works rather nicely all around.

Kelly and Octavio's comments in mind, I've rounded up a few decor and furniture pieces I think fit this type of decor. If you're drawn to this specific section, I'd be willing to bet I know which generation you belong to ...

What is Gen Z decor?

While Millennial decor tends to lean toward the simple and minimalist, Gen Z is all about maximalism. Members of this elite squad appreciate 'uniqueness and individuality,' Octavio said, both of which 'can be seen in their home decor preferences.'

While their Millenial elders reach for clean, straight lines, Gen Z gravitates toward those of the wavy and wiggly variety. Expect 'lots of colors, soft round shapes [and] textures, and abundant decor,' as well as 'bright, bold, loud, novelty art pieces and sculptural furniture,' Kelly said. 'For Gen Z, I think arches, wiggles, and checkers.'

Moreover, Gen Z is also 'highly conscious of environmental impact,' Octavio continued, 'so they prioritize upcycled home decor, mixing in thrifted or vintage pieces.' In other words, brand sustainability is a huge factor with today's youth.

So how did I do? Does some of this decor look suspiciously similar to that of your apartment or home? I have a feeling I'm not terribly wrong ... but even if I am, hopefully I inspired you to do some shopping regardless. C'est la vie! 

How can I update my Millennial style?

If you're a Millennial looking to meet the Gen Z moment without totally abandoning your 80s and 90s baby roots, don't worry — it is possible. 'I think just incorporating more color with pattern and texture would refresh any Millennial space,' Kelly suggested. 

Perhaps you put up some wallpaper. Maybe you buy some new throw pillows, or add in a 'few sculptural accents' that could serve as 'weird conversation pieces.' And you should probably ditch any 'Live, Laugh, Love' decor. Otherwise, though, definitely don't stress too much. 'The nice thing about millennial style is its versatility,' Kelly said. 'You can adapt it to nearly any look.'

Plus, good design is timeless. It doesn't matter which generation you're in or which style you like. If you do it well, that's all that counts.

Style Editor

Brigid Kennedy is a Style Editor at, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.