Are you fascinated with city living? Or do you live in a city yourself? Well, then the urban modern interior design style may be perfect to bring into your home. If you enjoy modern and industrial elements but want something a bit softer, then you’ll adore this style.
We’ll focus on this sophisticated style in our challenges this week. You’ve now had a chance in this Season to get to know abstract and mid-century modern styles, and we continue our journey into sharing with you not 1 style in this Season, but several. You can try out these looks in your challenges, and even learn how to bring them into your own space!
Let’s get into this fabulous style.
What is urban modern interior design?
Urban modern interior design is one that blends contemporary, industrial and modern styles to create something totally new, unique and trendy. The difference between this style and the ones mentioned is that it is typically softer. It focuses on being chic and cosmopolitan, but also comfortable. You’ll still see it in lofts and modern apartments, but with more plush decor.
Don’t have a sprawling industrial loft or a spacious warehouse to decorate? No problem! We’ll talk about how to bring this design style straight into your home.
What’s important to remember when designing an urban modern home?
Make it comfortable & soft
Compared to industrial interior design, urban modern design is less severe. Industrial homes use dark accents and showcase building materials, while urban modern homes will have soft furniture, plush rugs and comfortable seating. You can bring in a rug made of natural materials, big sofas, warm colored pillows and throw blankets.
Although softness is super important in urban modern homes, adding contrasting materials will bring in the urban and modern elements. Metal legs on chairs add a nice modern touch. And metallics will totally elevate your space. Think of adding mirrors, photos and paintings with gold or bronze frames. If everything is too soft, you may not get the urban modern look and feel that you desire, but adding contrasting materials will definitely do the trick.
Use scale smartly
Playing with scale by juxtaposing large items with smaller ones will create interesting aesthetics in your urban modern decor. Contrasts will be found in scale rather than in contrasting tones and patterns. Hang petite lighting fixtures above an oversized couch or put a large modern vase next to a small plant. You can experiment with your furniture and accessories to add unique elements throughout the space.
Accessorize and add a statement piece
Statement pieces are a must in urban modern homes. Choose a bold piece of art, a rug, furniture or lighting and make it the focal point of the room. It’ll make designing easy, as well. as you can design around your statement piece.
In terms of accessories, urban modern is not necessarily minimalist, but accessories will be kept to a minimum, as you don’t want them to be overpowering. Plants are the perfect urban modern accessory as they’ll add in some nature into a style that is mostly cosmopolitan.
We love urban modern because it’s a softer version of several of our favorite styles. It’s contemporary but also livable and is meant to be extremely comfortable.
Have you used urban modern in your home? Have you seen photos of urban modern homes that you absolutely love? We’re sure your fellow Redecorators would love to hear all about it on our social media channels.
And be sure to purchase the Season Pass so you can try out this interior design style in Redecor challenges. We can’t wait to see what you got!