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How to Rock the New Urban Organic Trend at Home

I love a new interiors trend. I love meshing trends even more. And I love trends that become interior styles you can live with for years. OK, so I love a lot of things when it comes to interiors! But truth be told, nothing excites me more than looking over home designs and dissecting what makes a trend or style so appealing.

That’s what we’re going to do today as I introduce you to a new interior style from the team at Metricon. It’s called Urban Organic and it’s a design dream come true for lovers of a muted colour palette and all things natural.

Metricon Urban Organic Lookbook Theme kitchen bench with industrial pendant lights

Urban Organic: What’s it all About?

The Urban Organic interiors theme is all about harmonious living. You know those homes you walk into and the art or a rug or some bedding slaps you in the face with its bright colour or loud pattern? Urban Organic isn’t that. In fact, it’s the opposite of that.

Urban Organic embraces simplicity and it invites you to experience the sense of calm that can come from utilising natural materials and a subdued colour palette.

In fact, it ties in nicely to the Minimal Zen trend I forecasted to be big in 2016, which just goes to show that the world is catching on to how escaping the crazy outside the house and embracing the quiet inside your home can have such an impact on how you feel every day.

The good news is that because this trend is so grounded in its muted colourway, you can roll it out across all the rooms in your home, but make each one feel unique and individual through tweaking the finer details. Here’s how!

Metricon Urban Organic Lookbook theme wooden bowl with necklace Metricon Urban Organic Lookbook theme black and white ink abstract artwork

Urban Organic: How to Rock it at Home


As you can see from the photos, we’re really veering toward muted tones you’d see in nature in this theme. Urban Organic, as the name suggests, looks to the sorts of colours you’d find outdoors. This means tones like beige, cream, tan, camel, walnut, chocolate brown. It’s actually reminding me of a pack of Arnott’s Family Assorted but without the orange slice (nobody likes the orange slice).

The muted colours I just mentioned are punctuated with matt black and metallics to add interest. You can opt for cooler metallics like silver or warm it up with brass or copper. The choice is yours!

Metricon Urban Organic Lookbook Theme white kitchen canisters


When people hear the word texture, they often think of soft furnishings like cushions, throws, bedding and curtains. But the textures that shine in the Urban Organic theme are the harder surfaces that form the foundation of the whole look.

Think of quality wood furniture with exposed grain. The added bonus here is that you don’t need to match all of the woods to be exactly the same. You can bring in a variety of tones and let them play together. Then look to textured wallpaper, calacatta marble and rattan/wicker in smaller does to introduce tactility to the scheme. Finally, cushions are a must; feel free to play with leather here!

Metricon Urban Organic Lookbook Theme industrial metal pendant light in black


Because the colours are so subdued in this look, Urban Organic calls on pattern to make the visual story peak in places. Any successful home design takes your eye on a journey with visual peaks and troughs, so this is where pattern comes into play.

The patterns in this scheme are tribal inspired and geometric. As a result, there’s a real strength and masculinity to the shapes and styles here. Let the patterns be the hard moments and soften them with more fluid shapes in your accessories. Look to round vases and vessels, flowers, and glazed bowls.

Metricon Urban Organic Lookbook Theme Master Bedroom Feature ArtMetricon Urban Organic Lookbook theme Marble Bedside Table

Over to you!

What are your thoughts on the Urban Organic theme? Are you on board with turning down the colour? Drop a comment below and let me know what you think.

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • When I moved to my new home, it had the dark timber look vinyl floor planks. These dictated a style to me of tribal, natural influences. Everything in my home is earthy with textured timber furniture and I use nature to accessorise. Eg. Fallen palm seed branches and seed pods. Now I realise the style of my home. Urban organic, thank you. It all makes sense. I used to describe it as rustic, natural style. Love nature in all its beauty.

    15 July, 2018

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