Multi-generational homes are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society, with retiring Baby…
Generations X and Y, for example, seem to have a number of design preference commonalities, from a love of color and texture to a desire for clean, simple and modern designs. Some of these come from necessity, as this generation tends to have less disposable income than older, more established homeowners, so budget often dictates (or at least plays a key role in) design choices.
But other factors â€“ including a technological bent, a passion for the environment and a desire to maximize time and minimize fuss â€“ also color these generationsâ€™ design choices.
Imagine yourself as a customer walking into a cluttered showroom. Whatâ€™s your first impression? Do you get the feeling that the owners donâ€™t have a lot of pride, or put a lot of care into their business?
Today, that initial impression is more critical than ever. Thatâ€™s because our newest generation of consumers â€“ Gen Y â€“ favors a clean, open and uncluttered living and shopping environment.
As the Baby Boom generation did before them, “Generation Y” is sparking major changes in the marketplace – from design aesthetics to delivery channels – including a different concept of “kitchens” than their older, Baby Boom counterparts.
A big part of a showroom designerâ€™s job is to know his or her customers and anticipate upcoming market trends. One change thatâ€™s coming to a boiling point is the emergence of Generation Y â€“ as many as 87 million young consumers ranging from their upper teens to their early 30s. This new generation of shoppers is now entering the market for big-ticket items like homes â€“ and kitchens.