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Millennials (those ages 18 to 34) are seemingly obsessed with modern, minimal midcentury design, called “mod visionary” in the Modsy quiz. Alessandra Wood, a design history PhD and the director of style at Modsy, isn’t surprised. “Younger generations living in cities are likely living in smaller apartments and condos, so a minimalist aesthetic is more appropriate—perhaps even necessary!—for the size of their spaces,” she explains. “Midcentury-style furniture tends to feel more open and less bulky, and is known for being ‘livable,’ which translates to both comfortable and stylish. Urban areas are also the prime location for the industrial aesthetic, with tons of converted lofts and newer buildings mimicking the loft-feel.”
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But we might not have to agree to disagree, after all. Those born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s (a.k.a. Generation Z) seem to be in cahoots with the boomers. “Rustic warmth” is the third most popular quiz result for them. “For Gen Z, we’re seeing a resurgence in popularity of classic styles, but layered with an informal twist,” says Wood. We just hope this isn’t a sign that scrunchies are back. . . .
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The scrunchies you adored in middle school probably cause you to shriek in horror today. As we grow, so does our fashion sense (hopefully). Does the same go for decor preferences? Interior design startup Modsy, which helps its users visualize potential new furniture in their real-life rooms, decided to find out. The platform analyzed user data based on its free style quiz, and quickly discovered that just as with the proper bedtime or the appropriate length of shorts, the young and old see interior design styles differently.
Here’s an inside look at various generations’ interior design preferences.
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Then there are the 55- to 65-year-old baby boomers, who most often received “refined rustic” as their result on the style quiz. “‘Refined rustic,’ in particular, blends classic forms with a more informal rustic style, suggesting that these generations are looking for a comfortable feel to their homes,” says Wood. Perhaps life has taught them that a sharp-lined, sculptural armchair—a sure bet for millennials—isn’t what you want to cozy up in, well, ever.
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At a Malibu home restored and decorated by BoydDesign, prized vintage pieces balance the living room, including 1946 Eames rosewood chairs for Herman Miller, a 1981 Paolo Piva cocktail table for B&B Italia, and a midcentury Laverne leather-and-chrome sofa.
Ultimately, at least a couple states chose every style—except one. Arizona stands out as the trendsetter, the only state to have modern farmhouse as its most searched term. Perhaps we’re about to see a transformation on our Pinterest feeds. . .
We know age plays a major role in which decor style you like the most—millennials can’t get enough of modern furnishings, baby boomers not so much—but what about where you live? Custom furniture company Joybird built a list of popular interior design trends, then dove into Google Trends data to uncover their search popularity in each state over the last year. Unsurprisingly, not everyone was in agreement. Take Californians and New Yorkers, who already argue over who has the best cuisine and the most optimal weather. Californians search most for transitional design (that middle ground between traditional and modern), while New Yorkers are decidedly interested in the contemporary look.
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That’s not to say there weren’t some notable similarities. Joybird discovered that although midcentury-modern living rooms seem to have taken over Pinterest, it’s actually Victorian design that is most searched overall, in a total of ten states ranging from Nevada to Maine. Right behind it was what feels like the complete opposite look: bohemian. That style was either the first or second most searched in 22 states. Of the East, West, North, and South, Southerners were the most united in their decor tastes. Joybird notes that across the area, only four of the 15 aesthetics popped up: contemporary, shabby chic, coastal and bohemian. In the West, on the other hand, 10 different styles appeared.