In this article, we’re exploring 15 urban living room decorating ideas. ‘Urban’ is vague enough of a term to support unique definitions from one person to the next. Some might equate it with the digital era, full of tech and gadgets, and an active lifestyle. Others might think of it in terms of space: big city life often has to fit within small, pricey apartments. Last, but certainly not least, some place an equal sign between the urban and the contemporary, minimalistic, sleek, and sophisticated styles.
In a certain sense, all these definitions are true, which is why this article tries to illustrate a bit of each style enumerated above, from which you can pick and choose those that come closest to your idea of urbanity. Let’s get started!
1. Form and Function
Asian design details are the darlings of urban living room decorating ideas, and the above picture only goes to show how functional they can be. Designed by Kimball Starr, the room features custom-made shoji screen doors, which are both elegant, as well as ingeniously employed. Behind them lies the media center, as well as the work desk. This means they remain accessible and comfortable, without being exposed in plain sight all day long.
2. Wood Varieties and Textures
This living room, makes extensive use of various types of wood, as well as numerous textures. It maintains its stylistic coherence, however, through the purely Asian influences: the plants, the color palettes, and the light hue of the floor tiling. We’re especially charmed by the way in which various fabrics and patterns are employed throughout the room. The low coffee table in the center of this urban living room is characteristically Oriental. At the same time, the textured chairs look as if they’ve been cut out from a fairytale.
3. Minimalisti with a twist
Here’s an interesting take on urban minimalism from Italian furniture design company Tumidei. The use of a neutral color palette (browns, beiges, and whites, in this case) is resolutely contemporary and minimalistic. In the same way, the design lines are clean enough to qualify. However, there’s also a touch of personal style in this urban living room. You can see how the lines of the storage console are slanted, and the leather cozies are placed directly on the floor.
4. Rustic & Sleek
How’s this for living room decorating ideas? Rustic, urban, and minimalistic, all at the same time? Impossible! It may seem so, but it certainly is feasible. Just ask the design wizards at Musterring. Take the example pictured above if you want to see for yourself. The use of honey woods, an earthy color palette, and the traditional décor elements bring a rustic charm. At the opposite end of the style spectrum, most items are compact, designed with simple, clean lines, and take up as little space as possible. No wonder Musterring are particularly known for their high-tech, incredibly functional designs.
5. Mood Lighting & Chairs
one of the best-known luxury furniture designers in the world, especially popular for their sleek chair designs. Therefore, if you’re looking for some living room decorating ideas, these guys might be the ones to go to. As you can easily notice from the picture above, they manage a both classic and modern look, at the same time. This living room is lush and warm, and also benefits from a special brand of luxury: eco-luxury. The company only produces furniture made from sustainable materials, and creates modular designs that can be customized to any space.
6. Designer Chandelier & Opulence
It’s hard to imagine a living room more creative and luxurious than this one, from Visuals. Its larger-than-life vibe was inspired by the decadent opulence of the 1980s. The ample room, provided by the home’s floor plan, is taken up by incredibly creative pieces. The sofas and armchair are purposely over-sized, and all elements are highlighted through the use of innovative lighting. Two decorative elements, the chandelier, and the geometric sculpture, are the focal points of the room. They add an organic touch to an otherwise sleek and urban design.
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