There has been much made in the world of interiors recently about the need to make the home a place of retreat.

However, we want to look at the ways that we can embrace modern life through images of the city that capture all of the excitement and glamour of urban living.

One of the most iconic images of city life is, of course, the Manhattan skyline. This contemporary room mirrors the feel of New York with its straight lines, brick walls, craftily placed 'STOP' sign, and above all the dominating skyline mural that offers a dramatic focus to what could otherwise be a small and featureless room.

Cityscape livingroom


Of course, not all city skylines have to be contemporary. This mural wallpaper offers the retro-themed Parisian skyline with the iconic Eiffel Tower as a nostalgic backdrop to give even the most simple room a touch of glamour.

Paris city scape

http://www.muralswallpaper.co.uk/retro-paris-wall-mural#.UyS_O1F_tCY

Another design classic that has been adapted to the interior style is the London Underground map. The abstract and colourful forms of the tube map again form a fascinating and modernist backdrop to a simple room and would undoubtably help plan any trip to the nation's capital!

http://houseandhome.com/blogs/house-home-daily/map-murals

Another undoubtable feature of city living is the prevalence of neon. This kitchen uses neon lighting in a stark and stylish manner to transform a fairly utilitarian workplace into a bustling and enigmatic space.

Design trends from around the world

http://thesceneinto.com/2013/03/interior-design-trends-from-around-the-world/

Of course, cities don't have to be all about urban intensity. This bathroom uses a beautiful black and white photograph of a European city as a chic shower curtain to evoke feelings of tranquil luxury - perfect for a long soak!

City inspired bathroom theme

http://www.housetohome.co.uk/bathroom/picture/city-inspired-bathroom

And this child's bedroom really gets down to the basics of what city living is all about. Skyscrapers, cars and trees assembled in a simple layout to give that all-important freewheeling sense of city fun.

City with cars wall stickers

http://www.moldse.com/adorable-wall-decals-for-children-room-decoration/city-skyline-wall-decals-in-white-wall-with-blue-bed-kids-bedroom/

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