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City Style: Create a Chicago-Inspired Space

Chicago is one of our favorite sources for interior design inspiration. Touch down in the famed Midwest metropolis, and the city is buzzing with infectious energy. From bustling sidewalks flanked with skyscrapers and rooftop restaurants to quiet streets lined with row homes and historic music venues, Chicago has a unique flavor and authentic grit all its own. Ol’ blue eyes said it best when he crooned, “Bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose your blues in Chicago.” What’s more? The city’s unique history, architecture, and culture has given way to an enviable interior design aesthetic that you can mirror, no matter where you call home.
Boasting a stunning skyline that’s best viewed from Lake Michigan, Chicago is an architectural mecca. After much of the city burned down in 1871, an eclectic mix of buildings began to crop up that channeled schools ranging from postmodernism to art nouveau. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Miles van der Rohe worked and lived in the city and greatly influenced its rebirth. Taking cues from the buildings outside, residents began styling interiors that were just as beautiful, and Chicago’s signature urban aesthetic was born. Any home that hopes to mirror a Chicago interior should start with eye-catching furniture that’s rooted in a blend of architectural influences.
Chicago Style Daybed
Chicago Style Chairs
Some of the most popular real estate in Chicago today is located in refurbished manufacturing districts. Old warehouses have been converted into residential lofts that are brimming with industrial details and vintage charm. Brick walls, exposed pipes, and tall windows are all highly coveted features in the Windy City. You can usher in warehouse-worthy style at home with the right mix of furniture and decor. Look for pieces with raw finishes, antique-hardware, leather accents, and industrial silhouettes.
The Chicago of yesteryear is remembered as a playground of gangsters and playboys with jazz clubs and swanky lounges around every corner. You’ll still find plenty of hidden gems tucked away throughout the city that pay homage to the city’s heyday through interiors that focus on luxe velvet upholstery, rosewood case goods, and ambient lighting. Introduce these elements into your home to achieve a look that’s at once alluring and sophisticated.
Chicago is a popular place to live, and it’s no wonder why. The city offers an amazing restaurant and entertainment scene, and it’s the most affordable of America’s three largest cities. The downside? Chicago winters can be long, bleak, and brutally cold. The solution? Bright and airy pieces that counter the humdrum days of winter with plenty of lighting fixtures and plush pillows to keep homes cozy.
Chicago Style Lamps
Even if you don’t live in a cold climate, you can still take inspiration from Chicago’s wintertime favorites. Layered textiles will add dimension and visual interest to rooms everywhere, and light and bright pieces are always welcome.
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