Widely disliked and past its prime but seemingly unwilling to give up its stranglehold on American design culture, the millennial aesthetic has finally flatlined. A new survey from 1st Dibs of more than 750 interior designers shows that the overwhelming majority have no plans to incorporate the hallmarks of the Instagram-driven millennial style in future projects.
It’s over, but what’s next? The answers are interesting:
- If there’s a new color scheme, it’s green. Emerald green scored the highest, with 24% of respondents calling it their top choice for paint colors. But other verdant hues, along with earth tones, also scored highly. Next time you’re at Kelly Moore, act natural?
- Green is also the theme for decor, with 93% of surveyed designers saying that plants will remain popular elements of the home next year, and 97% projecting the same for sustainable furniture. In home design circles, expect to hear the word “biophilia” a lot.
- Apart from the au naturel, art is expected to be an even greater force in interior design. The survey says that 61% percent of projects in 2022 will involve art. Crucially, designers will be sourcing the vast majority of that art online, rather than from galleries.
There’s a lot more to learn, but the big takeaway is that at present the millennial style seems to be giving way to an approach to interiors that are a part simulated greenhouse, part self-curated gallery, though no word yet on which generation is displacing the millennials as the curators of this new aesthetic.