Imagine an old American traditional house. Many shapes, ornate details and curved and complex furniture. Now throw modern art, elegant and modern furniture and a pillow with ruffles (or three). It’s granny chic – and it’s all the rage in the world of design.
The trend, also called “grand millennial” or “grandma chic”, can be described as a juxtaposition of old and new. Design blogger Ashley Hardison said in an email that the Chic Granny rooms were “full of pattern, texture, light and moments to collect,” with antique furniture, antique books, candles and lots of colors.
“I lean toward grand millennial style because it’s “anti-trend,”” lifestyle blogger Julie McConville said by email. “It’s a classic style that will look current with very few improvements for years to come. It’s like the Jackie O of the interiors.”
Although the name sounds pretty good for lack of a better word, the style is not difficult to reproduce. We chatted with several interior designers and decor bloggers about how to bring a little grandmother-chic to your home.
Always choose wallpaper
A colorful patterned wallpaper is a staple of the chic granny style-much more than any painting job. It’s an easy way to bring the vibe to your room, especially if you opt for peel-and-stick wallpapers.
“I have a feeling that Grandmillennial is not complete without an element of wallpaper,” interior designer Jennifer Harrup said by email. “You can absolutely make a room without wallpaper, but I have the impression that if you have a wallpaper that is a canvas or flowers, your bedroom will automatically have that grand millennial feeling.”
Select your model(s)
Speaking of patterns, wallpapers are just one way to incorporate them into the look, but there are so many options you can (and should!) Benefits. The best way to do this? Textile.
Harrup says pillows, curtains and upholstery are essentially blank canvases for flowers, canvas and other grandmother-like patterns. But you do not need to stop on chintz curtains or plaid pillows with patterned decor, such as sapphire and white chinoiserie ceramics, Granny Chic central.
The Power Of Flowers
There is a special motif that your Noble grandma’s room should not miss: the flowers. Flowers and grand millennials go hand in hand, so incorporate them into your wallpaper, fabrics, ceramics or artwork.
“Motifs such as chintz, Indian mass printing and botanicals are perfect for fabrics, while Dresden flowers, rose medallions and other Chinese porcelains are perfect for ceramics,” blogger and stylist Katherine Medlin said in an email.
And do not just stick to the patterns: designers recommend filling old vases with fresh flowers.
“The flowers are charming like a fabric on a slipcovered chair, a tablecloth [or] pillows of any size,” Hardison said. “Flower art is always delicious, and you can’t go wrong with a vase or a jug full of fresh flowers. You can use flowers altogether in the same pattern or mix and match your floral fabrics.”