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Simple Urban Style Decor


What is Simple Urban Style? It is a combination of contemporary and vintage decor, giving a clean overall look to your space without the stark, sanitized look that ultra contemporary or modern design can sometimes present.

If you enjoy the clean lines of contemporary design but have a love for unique vintage pieces, too, simple urban decorating style might be for you!


How to Get the Simple Urban Style Look

First, keep your focus on the goal of a clean, uncluttered look.

Contrary to some other well loved decorating styles, this Urban chic decor does not focus on the display of collections, nic-nacs, various and sundry pieces of furniture throughout a space. Rather, this style is for those who want to make a statement with each piece of furniture, accent and finish in the room, concentrating on the careful overall coordination of colors and selections.



Simple Urban Style Deco

Colors and finishes in Simple Urban Style stay true to rich neutrals including shades of gold, cream, brown and black. And, it’s perfectly okay to include some bold accent colors so you don’t end up with a sleek and clean but boring space.

Finishes include medium toned to dark finish woods, with iron, glass and lots of texture completing the picture.

How do you put this style together?

Remember that Simple Urban Style includes both new and vintage pieces, so you can mix the two freely, remembering that the lines of the furnishings are simple and clean, without the dainty turned leg of a French Country buffet, for example, or the white washed pine finish of a cottage bedroom set.

Take a look at the following three examples from OneKingsLane.com, a fantastic site for online shopping that offers unique, one of a kind items, including many vintage finds. If you don’t have the time or inclination to forage through your local flea market and antique shops, you’ll definitely want to take a look at OneKingsLane.com.

I would create a Simple Urban style living area using these pieces in the space:

These 1960’s club chairs after Paul McCobb have clean lines, angled walnut mid century legs hiding under the skirted fabric, and would pair well with a newly purchased contemporary sofa.

Vintage Paul McCobb chair
John Widdicomb walnut coffee tabl

I love this walnut coffee table with marble inset top and tapered legs, by John Widdicomb. Another iconic mid-century piece that would work perfectly in our Urban style decor.

This vintage mahogany and black lacquer side table is very cool...it was made in Vietnam in the 1920’s and would be a special addition to our living area.

Vintage Mahogany side table

These are just three examples of vintage pieces that can live comfortably with contemporary designs when creating a Simple Urban Style Decor.


Living Room styled in Simple Urban




Keep the window treatments simple, with a wood blind, roman shade or similar, and perhaps pair with a nubby textured side panel.

Your lighting choices might include a pair of iconic retro wall sconces coupled with a sleek contemporary table lamp, both with silver accents.

Create the drama in this simple urban style decor with the accessories and artwork.

Use color to provide the punch in this otherwise neutrally decorated space. Again, the mix of vintage/antique/new pieces is what defines simple urban, so keep that in mind when selecting the finishing pieces.

Your Simple Urban style home will reflect a clean, uncluttered look with the careful selection of memorable pieces, new and vintage.

Enjoy creating your unique space!





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