Monday, July 22, 2013

Style Spotlight: Urban

Bustling city environments inspire urban interiors, but thankfully you don’t have to live in a big city to get the urban look.  Open spaces, clean lines, and minimal but functional décor characterize urban interiors.  Be prepared to get rid of your clutter and utilize a few non-traditional materials to pull off this industrial inspired style. 

What's Urban All About?


The primary function of urban design is to create space. It’s common for these spaces to be designed as open floor plans with multifunctional rooms and innovative space solutions. It’s also typical to create a dual work and living space, common in industrial settings.


Urban interiors often feature non-traditional home materials.  Industrial inspired design often includes galvanized steel, concrete floors, metal siding, exposed beams and unfinished surfaces that create a modern eclectic look.  There are also more upscale urban interiors that exchange unfinished surfaces for sleek polishes and designer fixtures.


Furniture tends to be modular and minimal.  Shelving units are popular in urban design in order to utilize vertical space.  Décor is more utilitarian, including items like mirrors, lighting features, window treatments, textiles and occasionally large works of art as a focal point.

Sources from eHow HomeOnlineDesign Teachersfengshui2design.

Here's some awesome urban inspired home decor.  I'm not sure how comfortable a concrete arm chair would be, but anyone could make their own innovative wardrobe. I love the creative solutions you find in urban interiors!

Check out these 7 easy steps to get the urban look inspired by Freshome.

Modern Furniture

Keep your furnishings minimal.  Clean lines are key for urban design and crucial for you to take full advantage of your space. 

Expose It

Look for inspiration in warehouses and industrial buildings.  In these settings high ceilings with exposed ductwork are the norm.  If you have exposed pipes or ducts don’t try to hide them! You can paint them black, dark brown, or just leave them metallic for a chic urban look.  You can also leave cords exposed.  Hanging lights with exposed cords will continue the industrial theme. 

Bare Bones

It’s common for surfaces in urban spaces to be unfinished of exposed.  Leave your floors bare as well.  This can visually open up space in tight apartments, and might even save you money.

Keep it Simple

Any excess textiles you use should be simple.  Window treatments, pillows, throws, and rugs should be minimal.  But simple doesn’t mean boring.  It’s a great idea to bring in pops of color through your textiles. 

Smart Storage

You want your space to be as open and as declutterd as possible.  This means you need to make some smart storage choices.  Try finding multifunctioning ottomans, and other ways to hide your storage.  If you’re using shelving units don’t over crowd them.  Keep them against walls so they don’t interrupt the flow of your open floor plan.

Art and Color

Urban interiors don’t have to stick solely to the grays and blacks of industrial finishes.  Choose furniture with bold color or a statement art piece. This will amp up your color palette and keep your space from looking drab.

Natural Finish

Urban design can come across a little sterile.  It’s a good idea to balance the space by bringing in live plants and other natural elements.  Just because you want the down town loft feel doesn’t mean your cutting all ties to nature.

I'm loving the pop of color in the dining chairs above! Learn how to give your chairs a makeover here! 

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