Find Your Decorating Style
Refined and modern: urban leanings
COLORS No pastels here! Your preference for metro living means you probably gravitate to bold hues like rich red. Pair it with cityscape tones of black, gray and stone on background walls and furniture to calm this gutsy statement. Urban neutrals also allow contemporary art to shine.
FURNITURE Streamlined skyscrapers inform your passion for minimalist pieces. So when it comes to form, you'll want to look for armless seating, exposed legs, low profiles, tight upholstery and Asian influences. After all, you know simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
PATTERN Unless it mimics abstract art or has exotic roots, busy pattern won't interest the purist in you. But small touches of worldly prints--graphic geometrics or classic faux animal skins (on one wall, pillow or chair)--satisfy your fashion sense.
FABRICS You adore luxury, so choose leather, suede, velvet and silk.
RUGS As a trendsetter, you like to stand out. Unique dyed or printed cow skins, chunky outsize textured friezes (shag) or modern prints on wool weaves will do the trick.
WINDOWS Choose structured, angled treatments with clean lines that follow the city theme. Try flat shades, horizontal wood blinds or shutters.
ACCESSORIES Modern art pieces and a few industrial touches, such as lamps and vases in metals and glass, enhance your urban contemporary scheme and reflect your chic but restrained aesthetic.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® January/February 2010.)