Hello, Welcome Honey Good Readers. My name is Cindy Hattersley and I’m a designer and blogger. Today let’s chat about design trends for Baby Boomers (that’s us!)
Design Trends for Baby Boomers
Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, are either retiring in large numbers or preparing to retire. Age, experience, confidence, and financial factors have brought them to where they are. Most are confident about their decisions and happy with their stage of life. They often identify with a classic informal style. They wish to update their homes so their décor doesn’t shout “old people live here”. In turn, they want their home to be cozy and inviting without nodding to a particular era or trend. Many can afford to travel and like to incorporate items that they have gathered in their travels into their homes. In planning what is likely to be their last home, what are they looking for?
Let’s talk about six design trends for baby boomers…
For obvious reasons, good lighting is a must for boomers.
Good lighting in the bath should include recessed lighting as well as proper vanity lighting as well. Kitchens should include overhead, under-counter, and pendant or wall lighting at sinks and islands. All rooms should include a combination of overhead lighting and strategically placed lamps and or floor lamps.
In our current family room, we have recessed lighting above the fireplace, lamps behind the sofa, and another table lamp and floor lamp next to the other sofa. We also have a lot of natural light with all of the windows and doors.
Comfortable Stylish Furniture
No form over function for boomers. Boomers want their furniture to be stylish but comfort is key. Ultra-modern furniture that is uncomfortable is not normally favored by boomers. Chairs with ottomans and comfy sofas rule. This Lorraine Enwright (Intuitive Dwellings) designed space features comfy leather chairs centered around a coffee table.
Multipurpose Living Areas On One Floor
Boomers prefer an informal home with kitchens, dining areas, and outdoor spaces connected for easy gatherings. They are over single-function rooms that barely get used, and prefer bedrooms all on one floor. This Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles spread by Suzanne Kasler is a perfect example of multipurpose living. The outdoor areas are a natural extension of the great room space.
Low Maintenance Surfaces
Most boomers have grandchildren. They want the family to feel comfortable and enjoy their homes. Performance fabrics, wood and tile floors, seagrass carpets, and easy care countertops are a must. This Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles kitchen by Barbara Westbrook ticks all the boxes for easy care and maintenance.
A Collected Gathered Look
Boomers have outgrown trends and prefer a collected, gathered look where they can incorporate antiques, inherited items, and treasures from their travels into their decor. This collected space by Stock and Trade incorporates furniture from different eras and styles as well as collected artwork and accessories creating a casual but harmonious mix.
In closing, baby boomers know not to sacrifice comfort for the sake of fashion, they prefer a more comfortable, laid back aesthetic favoring an open floor plan that allows for casual entertaining and gatherings. Hard to care for textiles and surfaces that are not in the cards. Cookie Cutter style is not appealing to Boomers. Their homes are their havens, and they enjoy sharing the artifacts and treasures they have inherited and gathered on their travels in their decor.
I hope you enjoyed this post “Design Trends for Baby Boomers.” If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave comments at the bottom of this page! We would love to hear your thoughts on design trends and your favorite home looks.
About the author: Cindy Hattersley is a designer on the Central Coast of California and has been blogging at Cindy Hattersley Design for over 10 years. Cindy loves a collected look in fashion and design and shares her passion for decorating, gardening, over 50 fashion, and entertaining on her blog three times a week. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.
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