These days many people find themselves moving into urban areas to take advantage of amenities such as lively nightlife, easy access to culture & entertainment, etc. Urban interior design reflects the diverse backgrounds and interests of the people migrating to live there. It is characterized by striking colors, non-traditional materials & innovative style.

So, what are we talking about here?

1-   Function:

The central function of an urban design is to create space, sometimes in surprising ways. In older American inner cities such as Boston or New York where the combination live/work space has a longstanding tradition, an example of urban interior design might look like a concrete floor for large-scale artwork and an upper loft for a living space in a renovated warehouse. In more recent places, such as Miami, high-rise apartments, upscale condominiums and mixed-use buildings are innovations in urban living areas.

2-   Features:

Urban interiors usually show nontraditional home materials and design features. City dwellers use interiors of galvanized steel, concrete floors, exposed beams and unfinished surfaces to create a distinctly modern look. In upscale urban interiors however, the look is far more polished with designer fixtures, sophisticated finishes and innovative space solutions, such as open floor plans that allow for multifunctional rooms. 

3-   Effects:

The relative tightness in square footage on many urban interiors demands some innovative strategies. Furniture tends towards the low and modular with less ornamentation and accessories such as mirrors, lighting features, window treatments and textures are more utilitarian. Large paintings for example are often used as a focal point in an area that seeks the most entertaining.

4-   Benefits: Less clutter!!!

Tighter or nontraditional spaces force people to eliminate clutter and organize their belongings. Many city people like to praise their urban interiors for the conviviality they inspire.

Remember that trends in urban design are not suitable for everyone. Live/work spaces also pose unique challenges to people with young children because the easy access to everything, and the industrial materials used in construction makes the home more hazardous. 


Brigitte Beltran is a Professional Interior Designer and certified Feng Shui practitioner, founder of FS2D Design Group, Inc. Her consulting firm is located in Miami, Florida. She can be reached at 786.223.8476 or via email at brigitte@fs2ddesigngroup.com. www.fs2ddesigngroup.com


About fs2ddesigngroup

FS2D Group is a Residential and Commercial Interior Design practice with a Feng Shui Specialization. That means we design beautiful interiors that will improve your life and support you with well being, growth and empowerment. By integrating Feng Shui into our design, we provide our clients positive life outcomes through the adjustments of elements that impact us. This design approach for the Western lifestyle is inspired from the Eastern Art & Science of Feng Shui.
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