- Gen Z loves adding funky textures and bright colors to their homes, but there are some trends they don’t understand.
- I’m still confused as to why mushroom trinkets and fake vines have become so popular.
- Some Gen Z homes are full of checkerboard patterns, but I think that look will quickly become outdated.
Once reserved for gamer dens and nightclubs, Gen Z is using LED light strips as a versatile, personalized, and highly attractive cost-effective lighting design.
I have always associated LED light strips with my childhood bedroom. As a decorator, I prefer multiple individual light sources that guide the eye around the room, rather than long strips that blanket the space with dim light.
Smart lights are great at controlling color temperature, but bright RGB colors can be garish and uninviting. But as Gen Z grows older, I think RGB color may find its place in elevated spaces as this generation leans into serotonin-boosting décor.
Gen Z isn’t shy about bold color choices and patterns, a refreshing reaction after years of living in greige minimalist spaces.
I’ve seen decorators paint ceilings, floorboards, doors, and even appliances in bright, dopamine-rich colors as a way to embrace their homes as a reflection of themselves.
However, older generations are a little concerned about the resale value of Gen Z homes because bright colors are permanent.
For an inexpensive DIY project, we’ve seen creators apply spray foam insulation along the edges of old mirrors to create sculptural statement pieces. The mirror frame’s organic shape and unconventional textured edges are painted in bright her Y2K-inspired colors.
However, in my opinion, many creators who challenge this trend lack the technical ability to turn mirrors into works of art. Rather, I think it often looks like a strange mirror with spray foam pulled from the garbage heap all over it.
In recent years, mushroom-themed stools, lamps, rugs, and countless accessories have become commonplace. From natural wood-tone styles to cute cartoon spores, mushrooms are everywhere in his Gen Z interiors.
This trend likely arose as a response to this generation’s affinity for organic themes and bringing nature into the home. Still, I think the focus on a singular motif is a little strange.
A revamp of the classic checkerboard pattern, rendered in bold, bright colors and a swinging grid, stands out as a new interpretation.
We’ve seen the new checkerboard pattern used in carpets, cushions, bedding, wall art, and more. But he’s also noticed that many Gen Z decorators are bringing classic black and white tiles back into kitchens and bathrooms.
Such a distinctive look reminds us of the chokehold chevrons worn by millennials not so long ago, and makes us worry about how quickly checked patterns can go out of style.
An organized home can reduce mental stress and set you up for success, but I think some of Gen Z’s organizational tendencies have escalated to the extreme.
The creators I saw displayed idyllic drawers and cabinets filled with decanters and organizational tools that looked like store shelves.
While it’s satisfying to watch replenishment videos, the unrealistic standards of stocking large quantities of expensive items seem more aimed at influencing sales than promoting organization.
Gen Z tile furniture brings nostalgic retro design to the mainstream. In line with this trend, creators can design side tables and credenzas using colorful square tiles in their DIY projects.
Brands are also cashing in on the trend, paying homage to the ’80s with fun, futuristic cubes. While the small pedestal is interesting as a statement piece, I was baffled by the impractical nature of using a heavy tile and grout block with no drawers as a side table.
Although we see it a lot on social media, we can’t get on board with the Gen Z “fairy core” trend of fake green.
Fairycore enthusiasts decorate the space with string lights, soft gauze canopy beds, fuzzy textures, and for the finishing touch, drape copious amounts of plastic vines and faux wisteria from the ceiling.
Whimsical escapism may be what the world needs, but the sight of drooping vines brings back flashbacks to late ’90s ivy-inspired kitchen aesthetics. I think it’s a little strange that fake greenery is still so widespread.
I’ve seen Gen Z upcycle old glass vases and ornaments, paint them with a mixture of acrylic paint and baking soda, and use a sponge or thick-bristled brush to create a textured matte finish. there is. Once dry, the vase will look like a ceramic vessel.
This look seems to mesh well with the organic textures of other Gen Z decor trends, but it also reminds us that not too long ago, millennials were obsessed with chalk paint on their furniture.
I’ve seen Gen Z decorators criticize the chalk paint trend as shabby rather than a chic decorative aesthetic, but I wonder why the lumpy baking soda DIY version is the problem. I’m still confused.