A well-designed bedroom should reflect personal style and interests. If you have a love of cities, Lets incorporate that into your bedroom decor. A metropolitan decor scheme might include urban building materials, famous architecture, cityscape motifs or artwork featuring landmark buildings for a look that's chic, sophisticated or even edgy.
1. Stick With One City
Refine your ideas for your city-themed bedroom. Focusing on one city lets you capture the essence of that metropolitan area. Research the city that inspires you to discover iconic architecture, building materials and area attractions to stimulate design ideas. If you can afford the time and money, visit your chosen city to snap photos of your favorite features. For example, a light bulb sign displayed as artwork can evoke the ambience of New York’s Broadway.
2. Opt for Iconic
If one city feels limiting, you may want to expand your city-themed design to include multiple metropolitan areas. Prevent this multi-city inspiration from becoming too muddied by sticking to cities in a specific world region. For example, you might opt for highlighting the iconic architecture of Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa for cohesive, European city-themed bedroom décor.
3. Spotlight Architecture
For a design featuring multiple regions, focus on a specific architectural feature that can be found around the world. For instance, city-themed design dedicated to iconic signs could feature photographs of California’s Hollywood sign and France’s Moulin Rouge sign. For a bedroom focused on architectural features and design details, such as windows or moldings, look to specific eras, such as the Art Deco. Once you’ve selected the artwork, you can use them as inspiration in selecting colors, fabrics and other materials.
4. Urban Ambience
In a city-themed design, incorporate cosmopolitan colors and urban materials. Blacks and grays are smart neutral color choices, as they mimic the colors of pavement and architecture. Prevent black from overpowering the room by balancing it with lighter shades of gray, such as a sleek black bedframe with chic gray bedding below a nighttime cityscape photograph. Materials should also echo the inspiration city, such as wrought iron furniture in a Parisian-themed bedroom or industrial boardwalk light fixtures in a Chicago-themed design.