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Traditional With A Twist: Grandmillennial Style
Discover 13 essentials to achieve the most popular interior trend of the year.
Grandmillennial style is considered the most popular interior trend of 2021. So what exactly is grandmillennial? Grandmillennial is a clever combination of ' grandma' and ' millennial' coined by Emma Bazilian , author of the House Beautiful story, "The Rise of Grandmillennial Style." This relatively new term describes a group of design aficionados ranging in age from mid-20's to late-30's who gravitate towards a more traditional aesthetic.
This modern twist on tried-and-true traditional styles aims to revive vintage décor and furniture. It's all about blending classic design with a contemporary edge and taking a youthful approach to heritage patterns. Think updated floral wallpaper, mixed patterns, comfy fabrics and textures. With grandmillennials, everything old is cool again.
Explore this collection of designer inspirations boasting a grandmillennial style elevated with the beauty of Visual Comfort lighting. Because being clever about how you mix old and new together is key to achieving the grandmillennial style, we've also pin-pointed 13 essentials to accomplish this look at home.
Wicker and Rattan
With large windows trimmed in delicate fretwork, hand-painted wallpaper, and celadon lacquered ceiling, this elegant sun porch by interior designer Shelley Jonstone, is the quintessential form of bringing in the outdoors. A mix of wicker and rattan seamlessly fits into the garden-inspired aesthetic-the floral form of our Alberto Small Single Tier Chandelier from Julie Neill layers in a playful sophistication. Photo: Cynthia Lynn Photography
Statement Chandeliers
Interior designer Rivers Spencer creates a show-stopping moment with a grand chandelier. Evocative of a classic Empire basket form, the Entellina Chandelier from Julie Neill illustrates streamlined details that resonate with the poetry of antique-inspired painting, gilding, and crystal beading.
Gold-Leaf Mirrors
A gilded baroque-style mirror lends an air of gravitas and history to this elegant dining room designed by Karyn Millet. The sinuous form of our Vivian Large One-Tier Chandelier from Thomas O'Brien injects a sleek, contemporary edge to offset the traditional elements of the room. Photo: Stephen Karlisch
Reviving the old and making it new is the epitome of grandmillennial style. In this stately dining room designed by the Dunbar Road Design team, a refinished antique dining room table and reupholstered antique chairs enjoy their moment to live once more in a contrasting blue color scheme. Our Regency Large Chandelier from Joe Nye, situated in the center of a custom plaster medallion molding, adds brilliance with its seeded glass beads, exceptional proportions, and details. Accenting the wall is a pair of our Cross Bouillotte Large Sconce from Chapman & Myers, offering a fresh take on a classic look. Photo: Costa Christ Media
Pleated Lampshades
Interior designer Lizzie Cox creates a heavenly bath experience perfect for washing those daily stresses away. Full of vintage touches, including custom pleated shades on our Reed Double Sconce from Thomas O'Brien, there's no shortage of grandmillennial-worthy details to swoon over. The romantic clawfoot tub and soft blue and white color palette exude classic luxury. Photo: Kip Dawkins
Enduring centuries of an on-again, off-again relationship with interior designers, Chintz is the beloved fabric of grandmillennials. This new traditionalist trend of oversized florals is back in a fresh way. Here, interior designer Heather Chadduck covers an armchair with a classic design of beautiful garden flowers in a muted colorway that speaks to an understated sophistication. The matte bronze finish of our Addison Medium Table Lamp from Christopher Spitzmiller presents a hint of metallic and soft luxe to the scheme. Photo: Laurey Glenn
Matching Prints
Interior Designer Cameron Ruppert impeccably layers a bedroom with a matching print on the walls and upholstered headboard exemplifying grandmillennial style. Floral pillowcases bring a touch of color and sweetness to the room. Classically elegant, our Pimlico Swing Arm Sconce from Chapman & Myers, is designed with a swinging arm and pleated linen shade suited to cast focused light on each side of the bed. Photo: Angie Seckinger
Pretty Pastels
Pastel palettes are experiencing a resurgence in the world of interiors. Grandmillennials embrace the mix of softer hues mingled with vintage elements for a fresh new take on a traditional design style. Here, interior designer Rivers Spencer strikes a balance and grounds the pretty pale color scheme with neutrals to keep the overall design elegant and tasteful. The floral form of our Alberto Medium Two Tier Chandelier from Julie Neill plays well with the scenic wallcovering, but the plaster white finish allows the pastels to breathe.
Chinese motifs and fanciful flora as imagined through a fantastical Western lens fuel the look of this classic design style. Here, interior designer Mark D. Sikes interjects several chinoiserie elements with beautiful restraint for a timeless and fresh look. Stylish yet refined, our Anette Swing Arm Sconce from Ralph Lauren adds a modern sensibility to the den. Our Paris Flea Market Large Chandelier from Chapman & Myers hangs in the dining room, introducing a lavish flavor with its cascading seeded glass beads.
Embellishments like fringe incorporate playful details on traditional upholstery. This chic and cozy living room retreat designed by Tracey Morris of Gillis Interiors balances a bold blue hue with beige fringe, lending a vintage touch. Our Yue Double Gourd Table Lamp from Chapman & Myers sits perfectly between the two armchairs, offering a warm light ideal for reading. Photo: Stacy Goldberg
Elegant toile designs quickly infuse the grandmillennial aesthetic into a space. If used right, this historical pattern can look modern and fresh. Here, a blue and white toile print creates a whimsical backdrop and a stunning statement in this guest bedroom designed by ACQUIRE. The brass finish of our Henley Task Lamp from Thomas O'Brien extends a warming contrast to the cool blue hues. This industrial lamp provides a modern balance to the traditional print while producing a spot of illumination perched between the twin beds. Photo: Sean Litchfield
Mix Old and New Furniture
The key to achieving the grandmillennial style is finding the perfect balance between old and new. This sunny breakfast room by interior designer Joe Lucas elicits an editorial approach by blending contemporary aesthetics with vintage furniture. The striking silhouette of our Gramercy Medium Ring Chandelier from Chapman & Myers brings a sense of regality to the room with its luxurious gilded finish and gleaming antique mirror spheres. Photo: Joe Lucas
Antique Frames
Antique picture frames are essential to the grandmillennial style. In this cozy living room, designer Cara Fox of Karyn Millet beautifully displays a curated collection of scenic paintings above a precious blue and white buffalo check sofa. The light blue finish accented with antique gold leaf makes our Josephine Table Lamp from Suzanne Kasler the perfect choice for this design scheme. Photo: The Fox Group

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