When we think about the latest decor trends, minimalism, the 70s and 80s-core, or dark academia vibes pop into our minds. What doesn’t, though, is anything to do with our grandmothers. But, granny chic decor (or what the youth are calling “grandmillennial”) is trending, in all its floral and wicker wood glory.

Yes, this does sound scary. You might have flashbacks of thick curtains and musty smells that never seem to disappear. But, granny chic can look good, bright and quite cosy if done right.

What is granny chic decor?

First things first, let’s get the exact definition of granny chic down.

Simply, this decor direction celebrates traditional and vintage design. Floral patterns, tea cosies, and intricately carved furniture spring to mind. Granny chic avoids antique store vibes, though, by incorporating these old-fashioned elements with modern pieces.

Thanks to this blend of modern and traditional design, granny chic has gained immense popularity – especially on TikTok. Gone are the days of embracing sleek, clean, minimalism. Now, we want a bit of clutter and the cosiness that comes with it.

Its popularity goes beyond bringing a sense of homeyness into homes though. Older Gen-Zs and millennials seem to prefer traditional decor because it’s crafted better, and often has a timeless feel to it.

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How to bring granny chic home

So, I’ve convinced you to tastefully granny-fy your home. But how exactly can you begin incorporating these design elements? Let’s take a look.


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Embrace vintage finds

Flea markets, antique stores, and estate sales are treasure troves for granny chic enthusiasts. Look for pre-loved furniture with ornate details, china sets with delicate floral patterns, and unique decorative pieces that tell a story.

Mix and match patterns

Don’t shy away from bold floral prints, paisleys, and stripes. Layer them on throw pillows, rugs, and upholstery to create a visually interesting and inviting space.

Accessorise with timeless touches

Incorporate heirloom pieces like framed photographs, antique clocks, or delicate porcelain figurines. These elements add a personal touch and evoke a sense of history.

Curate a colour palette

Opt for soft pastels, muted tones, and pops of jewel-toned colours to create a balanced and inviting atmosphere.

Let there be light

Natural light is key in granny chic spaces. Maximise natural light and incorporate lamps with warm lighting to create a cosy ambience.

Introduce Modern Touches

Balance the vintage feel with sleek lighting fixtures, contemporary artwork, or a minimalist coffee table. This creates a cohesive look that feels both nostalgic and current.

Don’t forget the comfort factor

Granny chic is all about creating a warm and inviting space. Plush throws, comfortable armchairs, and an abundance of soft textiles add to the cosy atmosphere.

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Article was originally written and published by Jade McGee for Woman&Home.