Modern vs Urban Decor

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You might hear someone confuse modern décor and urban décor in a home. The two styles are unique from each other but there are similarities too.

Learn the similarities and differences of modern and urban design:


Both modern and urban designs are clutter-free. You will not see an excess of décor or accents in an urban home or a modern one. There is a flow to the rooms in general and items are small and sleek rather than heavy or ornate.

You will notice exposed furniture legs in both styles. This is in contrast to more traditional styles of furniture with long skirts beneath the seating area or bases for stability.

There is also an emphasis on shinier surfaces and finishes in both design styles and both incorporate glass and metal throughout the décor more often than a traditional or classic home would.


Modern homes often feature natural and neutral colors throughout each room. There is a consistent flow and general “overall style” for the entire home where each room coordinates with each other.

A modern home is still warm too in contrast to an urban home. Comfort is still a focus of a modern home with plush cushions and warm textures.

Urban homes have constant contrast with each room its own canvas for various decors and accents. You will find bold and striking colors on the walls, floors and for accent pieces. Some might consider urban design to be cold or industrial too.

A signature element of urban décor is the presence of curves. You will see curves in lamps, furniture and artwork throughout a room with urban inspiration. Often, the curves and style of an urban home limit the comfort of a room. Industrial elements often replace warmth and fabrics for an urban appearance.

There are enough similarities that it is easy enough to confuse the two. You might also here someone refer to either style as “contemporary”. A contemporary home is more similar to an urban home than a modern home. Learn more characteristics of contemporary design.

You now know the differences in the two and can pursue the style you prefer most. For us, that is urban décor in every room.