Urban Living Style Guide


Urban decor combines traditional, natural materials with modern finishes to create a welcoming charm in a modern living space. Typically seen in high rise apartments in cosmopolitan cities, this style takes inspiration from industrial environments and is now a popular design choice within the home.

Whether you have a blank canvas to re-design your home, or just want to add subtle urban twists to existing features, this style is easy to achieve.

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

When you begin thinking about urban style, start with materials. Think woods, stainless steels and exposed bricks. Whilst non-traditional in a home environment, these materials can be manipulated to create beautiful design features for an intimate and comfortable living space.
The fusion of these contrasting elements is proof that opposites really do attract. Whilst you may be hesitant to pair a rustic oak cabinet with stainless steel furnishings, it is these unlikely pairings that really underpin the urban style.

Pop of Colour

Pop of colour

When it comes to colour, don’t be afraid to have fun with your furniture. Traditionally, urban decor has lent itself to smaller, open-plan spaces, and therefore has been framed by neutral tones and light reflective paints. This blank canvas is ideal for urban decor in the home, providing the perfect opportunity to add creative colour detailing to highlight your favourite features. Our Oslo Furniture Knobs are a perfect example of how a small amount of colour detailing can transform an old sideboard into a charismatic statement feature

Bring furniture back to life

Unique, unmatched furniture brings a quirky design edge to functional areas in an Urban style home. This contemporary look doesn’t have to come with the price tag of going to a bespoke designer. In fact, this individual character can be created effortlessly from the kind of neglected furniture that can often be found online or at car boot sales. You can be as creative as you need to be when it comes to upcycling. Depending on the condition of the furniture, and the look you are aiming for, it might be as simple as adding new handles or a full furniture makeover.

Take a look here to see Sarah Beeny demonstrate a simple, creative recycle on a dilapidated cupboard.
Urban demonstration