5 Ways You Can Take Advantage of the “Grandmillenial” Trend

June 16, 2020

Summer by the Pond is an original oil painting by Karin Schaefers

By Chelsea Reed

Remember the piece of furniture your grandparents gave you a long time ago? You know, the one in the corner with a two-folded crocheted blanket. There are probably a few nicks here and there that tell of its long history. It may be collecting dust, but it’s about to become the newest thing in fashion: the grandmillennial trend.

Bedtime Story is a porcelain figurine by Royal DoultonGrandmillennial fashion is exactly what it sounds like. It’s what happens when younger millennials embrace the fashions of yesteryear. They relish childhood memories of visiting their grandparents. So, they replicate the experience in their decor. Old is new again with this trend. Time-honored traditions are revitalized as older belongings return into younger homes. 

If you’re not sure how to create this type of look but want to try it, here are some easy tips to get started with:

1. Search Through Your Attic

If you’re the sentimental type, there’s a very good chance you have on-trend items in your home. In fact, your attic or basement is likely a treasure trove! Quilts, old hats, and even your grandmother’s doll collection will fit the bill. If it’s old and reminds you of family in some way, then it counts as grandmillenial! 

2. Look for Key Vintage Pieces

Patterned wallpaper, lace, crystal chandeliers, and needlepoint cross-stitch pillows are some key grandmillenial items. 1930’s and 1940’s fashion items will also coordinate, and you can find this style today with a modern twist. Needlepoint pillows with cheeky sayings like “kiss me” are very popular. 

3. Check out Classic Ceramics

Old school American pottery is the perfect ‘grand-touch’ for your shelves and accent tables. They’re also popular accents inside Outer Banks beach style cottages. This type of pottery is easy to clean and is sturdy for a long time with proper care. Local Outer Banks businesses like Seaside Art Gallery have them available.

4. Find Artwork that Reminds You of Yesteryear

If you don’t have many heirlooms (or none at all), don’t fret! There are plenty of other ways you can achieve the grandmillenial look. Artwork that calls back to simpler times is a great source of inspiration. These pieces help tie everything together in the room. Try your hand at starting an adorable porcelain figurine collection. You can showcase them in a lovely glass and metal shelf. 

5. Have Fun with Estate Jewelry 

Have you ever seen a gorgeous piece of estate jewelry and wondered what in the world you would wear with it? Well, now’s your chance to experiment! Go for that glorious brooch and regal antique pendant - they’re perfect for “granny chic!” Unlike other imitation jewelry, Seaside Art Gallery’s estate jewelry is the real deal. 

Something Old, Something New

The grandmillennial trend is gorgeous, isn’t it? It would no doubt make Granny proud. Young and old alike can easily  get into this latest fashion. Check out more pieces for your Granny chic collection at Seaside Art Gallery. It’s the place for timeless estate jewelry and original art. 

Chelsea Reed is a copywriter who writes online content, articles, blogs, and websites from her base in North Carolina.

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