"Rustic-tech chic" is in among millennial home buyers, says Washington Post contributing writer Michele Lerner. The average millennial home buyer today has a transitional taste that combines traditional and contemporary styles, which utilizes natural materials like wood and stone for a rustic aesthetic, but still has some flashy and modern touches like color-changing LED lights in the shower.
Natural materials, color in unexpected places, and artistic elements with modern style are the top three things that millennials desire for their home's design. Lerner writes:
“It’s definitely a trend to combine reclaimed wood with a contemporary steel frame,” Julia Walter, showroom manager at Boffi Georgetown said. “It’s an interesting play between old and new. People like contemporary lines, but they want the warmth of bringing in an older element into their home, especially the kitchen where people have an emotional connection with their childhood kitchen.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum from natural wood are colored LED lights, which are turning up in gas fireplaces, kitchens and even bathrooms. Pops of color are turning up in the kitchen, too, with small household appliances and pots and pans manufactured in a wide range of colors. A common trend in the Washington region is to add a pop of color with a backsplash.
“There are lots of interesting ways to use tile now, including making a rustic wall in your kitchen from artisan hand-baked clay tiles that have kind of ancient character but can look very modern,” Walter said. “You can also find mosaic tiles that can be installed by the sheet.”