Home Decor Trends to Watch: Make Your Apartments Attractive to Millennials
Millennials are a tough crowd to please, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid them. On the contrary, they are the generation that tends to rent the most units these days, and they are not amateurs in this game. Millennials know what they want and they rarely settle for an apartment that doesn’t meet their needs, especially because they know that if they can’t get what they want from you, they will surely get that from the next landlord. In order to appeal to this audience, you should be aware what do millennials expect from an apartment, and then exceed their expectations. Here are a few useful hints on home décor trends which are thought to be very important for this generation.
Minimalistic and functional
Unlike their parents and grandparents, millennials are not in search for large family homes that can accommodate five or more household members. This fact inspired the surge of micro-apartments which, in turn, inspired the trend of minimalistic and functional design that is now applied even on larger units. The décor is usually associated with the loved-by-all Scandinavian design which focuses on simple, light colors (white, grey, pastels and black in accents), natural materials, clean lines and functionality. Such approach to decorating will certainly earn you some plusses with your future tenants.
Millennials are always searching for ways to save a dollar or two. Eco-friendly features, such as low-flow shower and LED light bulbs, will certainly get their attention. However, you shouldn’t stop there. Add some earth-loving features to your décor as well. Use organic cotton for furnishing, cork, sea grass rugs, reclaimed or recycle wood, and other similar elements.
Score some points with the kitchen
Don’t think that the hasty lifestyle of millennials is making the kitchen less relevant room, it is as important as ever, and maybe even more, with the rise in popularity of celebrity chefs and culinary TV shows. Your potential renters want a kitchen that would put to shame even the most famous chefs. Now, if that means equipping the kitchen with professional Viking appliances, such as the ones inhabiting the kitchen of cookbook author and TV host, Ina Garten, go for it. Keep in mind, though, that the most sought out kitchen design is matte finish complemented with simple lines.
Wallpaper focus wall
Wallpapers are far from being an obsolete trend. On the contrary, they are more alive than ever. They are also an affordable and practical way to add some pizzazz to the apartment without putting too much effort into it. Since wallpapers come in various colors and designs, you should go for the current trends such as mural-style designs, geometrics, dark and moody shades, metallic finishes and insect pattern (ladybugs, butterflies, etc.).
Spa-up your bathroom
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room for the renters. Of course, clean bathroom that is free of clutter is the first step towards getting new tenants, but if you want to play on that card a bit more, you can give your bathroom some spa elements that will make it irresistible for millennials. You don’t have to spend tons of money to achieve that. Include several wooden pieces, like open shelving or bath tray. Introduce some other things like potted plants, wind chimes, woven baskets and zen boxes.
Spice it up with Hygge
The Danish concept of living simply is taking over the world by storm and millennials are especially fond of it. The best thing about this approach is that you can introduce your own interpretation of Hygge with some simple and affordable details. You will definitely impress the potential tenants with several books on the coffee table, a blanket seemingly carelessly placed over a sofa, sheepskin rugs on the floor and flickering candles.
You see, millennials are definitely a hard crowd to please, but only at first glance. Once you tap into their interests and habits it will become easier for you to adapt your apartment to them and make your new tenants fall in love with your place.