Design Lesson
Mar 13, 2012

Get the look: City chic

By: Cindy Jacobelli

Get the look: City chic Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Mar 13, 2012

Get the look: City chic

By: Cindy Jacobelli
There are a lot of upsides to city living. But sometimes the cost of being close to the action is living in a small space. But small doesn’t have to mean dull. There are plenty of ways to decorate tight quarters so they seem positively palatial.  

The key is in how you maximize the design effect of each element in your room. Choose classic lines and neutral tones to make the space light and airy. And go for functional items that double as decorative pieces. There are lots of options out there. You just have to shop with a discerning eye! Here are 8 contemporary ideas to inspire you:
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Rich rugs
Hardwood floors are a popular choice for today’s city slickers. They’re easy to clean and look great. That’s why it pays to protect them with an area rug. Gone are the days of elaborate floral prints. Today there’s a wide selection of graphic designs – offering a contemporary, but classic look. West Elm,  $50.96 – 726.92. city-chic-tables.jpg
Subtle side tables
This minimalist, utilitarian piece is a perfect choice for a chic condo. To the visitor’s eye, the frame legs don’t fill the room in the same way other table legs do, helping you maintain a spacious feel. Modern Karibou, $585 - $625. city-chic-art.jpg
Abstract art
Stray from your comfort zone of straightforward, identifiable prints. Add art to your home and go for something more abstract in soft neutrals like these. The bold frames say ‘look at me.’ The prints themselves say ‘stay a while.’ Horchow, $1,795.00. city-chic-bed.jpg
Designer duvets
City chic style is all about clean lines. In this case – that’s literally a softly coloured stripe, which gives the room a fresh, crisp look. It makes a statement without overwhelming the eye. Dwell Studio, $280. city-chic-couch.jpg
Suitable seating
Go for grey. It’s a strong neutral – especially when applied to the straight, square lines of this love seat. The structured body is sleek but the oversized cushions are comfy and inviting. West Elm, $622.92 – 830.91. city-chic-wallpaper.jpg
Whimsical wallpaper
Small spaces and small apartments can be easily overwhelmed with decorative tables and home decor accessories. Minimize the dusting and maximize the space by making the walls interesting instead. Modern prints like this make an impression without taking up valuable real estate. Modern Karibou, $199. city-chic-clock.jpg
Contemporary clocks
When it comes to urban design, this contemporary clock hits the mark. It’s whimsical yet neutral. And the rimless, unadorned edges give it a clean look. Perfect for a kitchen interior or a home office. CB2, $99.95. city-chic-dandy-mirror.jpg
Modern mirrors
Grab the attention of your guests with this artistic mirror. Perfectly suited for the last-minute check before you head out the door, it adds dramatic flair to your foyer. Umbra, $50.
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Get the look: City chic