New Yorkers are bold and they make a statement in everything that they do. No wonder their interior designers are some of the most stylish you’ll find in the country.
I experienced this firsthand on a business trip I had in the city a few weeks back. Without a place to crash in, my only option was to rent one of the top furnished apartments in downtown New York.
The pictures I had seen of the houses online were mesmerizing. I was particularly drawn to the chic interior design and knew this was a good opportunity to collect some ideas for my house.
Below are the two design ideas that impressed me the most. Check them out and who knows, you too could fall in love and implement them in your own home.
Contemporary décor styles
If you’re thrilled by modern designs, NYC has some fantastic décor styles you can copy. Adopting it means that every interior component whether on the walls, the floor, and the ceiling should reflect a modernist taste.
Give your walls a contemporary appearance by painting every front with bright colors. Curious why? They reflect light better and help to accentuate the texture and colors of the furniture and other components in the house.
Where possible, use paintings and mirror frames whose superior color is bright. Your primary goal should be to illuminate all the dark corners in your house. This helps to increase the visibility of your furnishings and also to eliminate any dull aura that robs your room of a modernistic appearance.
The most common flooring material used in NYC furnished apartments is polished wood. Rooms can be particularly cold during the winter which is possibly why these floors are popular here.
You can borrow this flooring choice if you have children or pets that soil the rugs often. This is because it’s easy to clean and also warm to the feet.
Wood polishes with a glossy texture are excellent for that modernistic feel to your surface. Like bright walls, they help to distribute light and push away unwanted dull ambiance.
Use glassy chandeliers and place them in the middle of the room. We also recommend painting the ceiling with colors similar to those of the chandeliers. This facilitates a more uniform distribution of light around the room.
Other simple design hacks you can apply for a contemporary décor style include:
- Use the minimal cover on the windows to let in more light during the day
- Use bright-colored curtains at night to illuminate the room better
- Spread bright-colored sheets on your bed
- Use rugs with patterns that accentuate the superior color in the room
Mid-century décor style
Implement a mid-century décor style when you want a traditional NYC home setting in your house. Although this design may appear mellow at a first glance, it’s a style that never goes out of fashion
Below is how to import it to your home:
Furniture and fittings
Most furniture pieces that emphasize the mid-century interior style are wooden and usually deep-brown in color. Some of your safest bets here are the sofas, tables, wall shelves, and chairs.
We recommend making these simple changes:
- Use deep-brown leather coverings on your sofas. Focus on the armrest and backrest surfaces.
- Add a deep brown polish on visible surfaces of the tables, walls shelves, and chairs.
- Bring in fittings such as flower vases, clocks, or lampshades that emphasize a red, brown, or deep-brown color.
You can either use wooden floorings with a deep-brown or grey polish to emphasize the mid-century décor. For better results, arrange the wooden boards one after the other to form a pattern that stresses the two colors. If not, use a rug with a similar color pattern and a touch of one or two bright colors to minimize the dullness.
Walls and windows
On the walls, you want fittings that emphasize the deep-brown shade. Go for brighter colors preferably those that contrast the one on the furniture.
If possible, paint the walls with the same bright color as the one on the rugs. You can also use clocks, paintings, and other wall pendants that have some surfaces matching the color on the wall.
Curtains on windows too should have dull colors, preferably blue, purple, or red. Alternatively, you can use blinds featuring those shades as well.
The mid-century interior décor looks better with ceiling surfaces that are neither too dull nor bright. As such, use any color that distributes the light sparingly rather than generously.
Finally, have a bookshelf somewhere in the room to help add some sophistication to the style.
There you have it; the two designs from NYC furnished apartments that you can implement in your home. Let us know which of the two suits your taste more in the comments below.