Antique collectors never fared well during the minimalist lifestyle takeover (though I tried and still try). Some of us got on board with farmhouse style, though I never really fell in love with shiplap. But then came the mainstream decor trend that made us feel truly seen: grandmillennial style.
I wear it like a badge of honor that my ex-boyfriend complained that my house looked like a grandma’s nearly a decade ago; I dug my heels in and refused to remove the gallery wall of florals he despised. So I may be a little late to write about this design phenomenon, but I am not new to its mystique.
“Granny-chic” has been my default since I had a bedroom to fill with art, seashells, rocks, and everything I’ve collected over the years. But what is it exactly? And how can you make your collections look like they should be featured on Pinterest?
What Is Grand Millennial Style?
Grandmillenial style is a niche design movement that marries pattern and texture with collectible antiques like:
- Grandma’s sofa
Walking through a “granny-chic” home can be very similar to walking through your grandmother’s house in the late 1980s—only these homeowners are in their twenties and thirties (and the trend went mainstream around 2019). For many early adopters, embracing the design wasn’t so much hopping on a trend as it was finally putting a name to a lifestyle with serious longevity.