The New York Capsule: 8 Décor Pieces Every Girl in the City Owns

Updated 12/14/18
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New York City apartments are the mecca for cool innovative décor. Far from the breezy boho houses of L.A., the ornate effortless apartments of Paris, or the minimal muted spaces of Copenhagen, New York homes, just like its residents, march to the beat of their own drum. Space is at a premium in the city that never sleeps. Personal style is celebrated, and salaries often run high—a trifecta that makes up the perfect storm for innovative edgy small-space décor that's high-end but understated.

So what are New Yorkers adding to their homes these days? We're seeing a mix of highly textured, moody, and dramatic items mixed with clever small-space solutions, from wall-mounted storage to black marble furniture. Want to learn how to decorate like a true New Yorker? This is the NYC décor capsule we're seeing in apartments all over the city.

Noguchi Lanterns and Lamps

NYC Décor Capsule
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

This is a growing trend that extends far beyond New York City, but Noguchi lanterns and lamps are everywhere in décor these days. The rule of thumb: the bigger, the better. Let's hope it's only a matter of time before IKEA reintroduces its oversize paper lantern collection.

Noguchi Akari Lamp 30F $160
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Low Black Marble Coffee Tables

NYC Décor Style
Courtesy of Tali Roth

White marble might be all the rage elsewhere in the country, but in New York, it's black marble everywhere. We're seeing it grace moody living rooms everywhere in the form of low lounge-y coffee tables, but the trend also extends to counter surfaces and small accessories.

Menu Plinth Table Low $2000
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Abstract Neon Signs

NYC Apartment Décor
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

With neons signs flashing everywhere outside our apartments, it may seem a little peculiar that we'd want them inside too. But New Yorkers love their indoor neon signs to replace traditional lighting. And when it comes to styles: the more abstract, the better.

Hi Neon Cloud LED Neon Sign $159
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Vintage Tuareg Rugs

NYC Decorating Tips
Courtesy of The White Arrow

First, it was all about the Moroccan Beni Ourain rug. Then, we all went nuts for vintage Oushak Turkish rugs. Now, we're willing to bet vintage Tuareg mats are the next big rug trend. We're seeing them increasingly grace the floors of the coolest apartments in the city, so it's only a matter of time before people catch on.

Jayson Home Tuareg Mat $1695
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Channel-Tufted Beds

NYC Decorating Style
Courtesy of Studio DB

New Yorkers are all about channel tufting these days, especially in darker velvet fabrics like hunter green or charcoal. The bedroom is the favored place to add channel tufting, but we're also seeing it in the living room on chairs and sofas.

reign velvet king bed
CB2 Reign Velvet King Bed $1499
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Wall-Mounted Shelving

NYC Small Space Décor
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

New Yorkers have notoriously small apartments, so every square inch is precious. A city dweller's favorite trick to maximize space: wall-mounted storage. We're seeing bookshelves mounted to the walls in almost every apartment, big or small. Use it to display plants, books, art, and anything else you don't have storage space for.

Linden Mid-Century Wide Angled Shelf Unit - Walnut/Cranberry Lacquer
West Elm Linden Mid-Century Wide Angled Shelf Unit $699
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Geometric Side Tables

NYC Apartment Style
Courtesy of ASH NYC

If there's one item that's coveted by New York City décor aficionados these days, it's De La Espada's Laurel marble side table. But since it's not within everyone's budget, we're also seeing concrete geometric tables in pastel colors and angular shapes proliferate in NYC homes everywhere.

De La Espada Laurel Marble Side Table $1425
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Modern Daybeds

NYC Decorating Advice
Courtesy of The White Arrow

While daybeds are not necessarily the first thing you'd think of when decorating a small space, they are surprisingly popular in the city. In smaller spaces, they are used to double as a guest bed or replace a sofa. They are always modern and minimal in shape and sometimes bold in color.

Atrium Tufted Nude Leather Daybed
CB2 Atrium Tufted Nude Leather Daybed $1799
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Next up: Five decorating mistakes people with good style never make.

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