Trending: Grandmillennial style

Stuffy? More like stuff of childhood dreams...

The rise in ‘Grandmillennial’ style is bringing granny chic back into our homes.

Come again? Well, if you’ve never met a chintz you didn’t like then you’re probably already a grandmillennial and proud, but for those with a taste for modern interiors, we bet you’ve already adopted some of this growing trend without even realising it.

The dated, granny-chic style has been slowly creeping back into our homes, and we kinda dig it.

Get the look: The Oyster armchair and sofa, in the foreground; Fire Monkey armchair; Aroused Rose cushion, on the sofa; and Cheese Plant bolsters, on the armchair, are all by Sera of London. This is Tokai Rose wallpaper by Robert Kime. The floor lamp is from La Belle Étoffe in Frome.

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Over the last year we’ve seen more foxed mirrors, more tassels and fringing – including the return of tasseled lamps –more wild floral prints, more scalloped furniture and mid century modern pieces, and the SS20 collections are awash with wicker, cane and rattan furniture.

Fringed sofa, £6,470, Munna

In fact, people are even turning to needle point – and even Taylor Swift and Julia Roberts have picked up the needlepoint hobby.

Sakura Petit Point Kit, £59, We Are Knitters

So what’s it all about? Grandmillennial style is essentially about modern-day design co-existing with retro elements. It’s about incorporating hand-me-downs and inherited pieces, alongside second-hand vintage pieces and reclaimed furniture and making them look at home in a modern interior. Millennials are incorporating dated, previously faux-pas items in their modern homes and giving a fresh take on a look they’ve known all their lives.

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Get the look: This is the Kenton ottoman in Tigre by House of Hackney. The leopard armchair is a flea-market find covered in fabric brought back from Hong Kong. The green velvet sofa is from DFS. The vintage mirror is from Les Couilles du Chien.

Perhaps it’s because the heavy florals, the chintz and kitschy decor feels nostalgic and reminds us of the warmth and comfort we felt in our grandparent’s homes. It’s a look that really evokes that feeling of ‘home’.

Get the look This is de Gournay’s Wisteria wallpaper. The antique, chandelier-style wall sconce is from The Architectural Forum. The bed linen is from The Linen Works. The bedside table is from The Old Cinema.


It’s an approachable style, rooted in warmth, with worn-out upholstery and extra ruffles. And for stressed-out young professionals, your grandparent’s old armchair might represents a much-needed respite.

This appreciation for the old is very welcome in this day and age, where a more sustainable approach to how we live is top priority, and there’s something to be said about finding pleasure with vintage, second-hand pieces.

Rattan scallop pendant shade, from £160 for the natural colour way, edit58 x Matilda Goad,, or

Your grandparents probably inherited their furniture from their grandparents. And when things are handed down it’s not just more sustainable, but there’s an element of storytelling too.

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Kitchen by Edit58. A painting bought from American vintage store, Three Potato Four

Pieces that trigger memories or stories are more interesting than those you buy in a shop. They can also show guests your personality and family history, and tell a story about what you collect or where you’ve travelled.

It’s for these reasons perhaps that Grandmillennials are honouring the Wedgwood pieces, floral prints, antique furniture, scallop-edged French linen, and bricks of French-milled lavender soap.

Get the look: For a similar dining table and chairs, try Two Columbia Road. This is an Arne Vodder sideboard – sells these. The sideboard is by Arne Vodder – try 1stdibs for one like this. Find similar vintage wall sconces like these at Les Trois Garçons. The artwork is from Aynhoe Park. For similar flooring, try Cheville Parquet.

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Think of them as new traditionalists; someone who has an appreciation for the past, and who realises the staying power of good, well-edited design while putting their own fresh spin on it to make it feel updated and unique.

Previously considered to be “stuffy” or “outdated”, drapery, skirts on beds and furniture, slipcovers, Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, chintzy upholstery, palm patterned wallpaper, block-printed table linen, needlepoint cushion covers, blue and white chinoiserie, handed down chinaware, tasseled lampshades, wicker chairs, and antique furniture are officially back in fashion.

Get the look: This is Earlham wallpaper by de Gournay. The bed is from Poliform. The floral cushion is from Mint.

The best way to bring this look home? A good old rummage through your grandma’s attic or garage.

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