Designing Across Generations

When designing a home, catering to different generations poses its own challenge. Each generation brings its unique tastes, preferences, and lifestyle needs to the table. This means we must create spaces that can accommodate family members of all ages. 


Designing for different generations starts with understanding their distinct characteristics and preferences. We have found a few common characteristics and preferences among the different generations that we use as a general rule of thumb. Here is a glimpse of what each generation typically looks for in their living spaces:


Baby Boomers

  • Appreciate classic and timeless designs.
  • Value comfort, functionality, and durability.
  • Seek spaces for relaxation and entertainment (cozy living rooms or elegant dining areas).
  • Inclined to traditional architectural elements and rich, earthy palettes.


Gen X

  • Embrace a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.
  • Prioritize practicality and functionality without sacrificing aesthetics.
  • Prefer versatile spaces that can accommodate family activities, work, and relaxation.
  • Often drawn to neutral color schemes and minimal decor.



  • Value authenticity and sustainability in design.
  • Seek spaces that reflect their individuality and lifestyle.
  • Embrace technology and multifunctional furniture.
  • Enjoy bright, airy spaces with modern elements.


Gen Z

  • Prefer vibrant environments that show creativity and self-expression.
  • Value customizable and adaptable spaces that can evolve with their lifestyle/needs.
  • Appreciate sustainable design practices.
  • Gravitate towards bold colors, geometric patterns, and innovative furniture designs.


Throughout our careers, we have learned designing homes that cater to different generations require a deep understanding of their unique preferences and characteristics. By recognizing the diverse needs of Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z, we can create spaces that accommodate various lifestyles and tastes. 


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