Pinterest Says These Are the 20 Most Influential Cities in the World For Design
To provide you with more inspiration, research from money.co.uk revealed the world's best cities that are ripe with interior design. Money.co.uk analysed nearly 34,000 Pinterest boards dedicated to the home styles of 130 cities around the world to find out which cities are providing the most decor inspirations.
So, whether you're here to gain inspiration for your home's decor or you're looking for places to travel to, here are the world's most influential cities that boast a lavish amount of history and style.
20 Most Influential Cities in the World For Design
20. Istanbul, Turkey
Pinterest boards: 177
Istanbul has obtained a reputation for being a cultural and ethnic melting pot with a plethora of outstanding mosques, churches, palaces, castles and towers.
19. Vienna, Austria
Pinterest boards: 181
This city by the Danube River boasts a mixture of architecture representing many periods and styles, ranging from Baroque-era monuments to 20th century high ornamentations.
18. Hong Kong, China
Pinterest boards: 186
There is a heavy emphasis on contemporary architecture in this bustling city, especially Modernism, Postmodernism and Functionalism. Although few buildings remain in the urban areas of Hong Kong due to the lack of available stable land, some pre-colonial Chinese architecture still survives in the hinterlands.
17. Cape Town, South Africa
Pinterest boards: 218
The city is famous for its beautifully intricate Cape Dutch architecture, with prominent features like grandiose rounded gables, thatched roofs and whitewashed walls.
16. Savannah, USA
Pinterest boards: 220
The city was once a playground for architects to explore with different designs from various influences to find a style that best reflected the city it resided in. As a result, the city is now a Historic District with a taste of all the finest architecture in the world.
15. Boston, USA
Pinterest boards: 225
You would associate Boston as the home to buildings like the Revere House and Old State House. The city was founded by Puritan Settlers who brought architecture from England and morphed into colonial-style buildings when mixed with other styles like Georgian architecture.
14. Lisbon, Portugal
Pinterest boards: 227
The city has a deep, rich history rooted in Roman Empire, which is reflected through its architecture. It's become a destination rife with discovery, from a convent-turned-tile museum to a building covered in thousands of small diamond-shaped pyramids.
Pinterest boards: 248
There's an abundance of different styles from different places in this one city, including hybrid forms of the colonial period to contemporary architecture. It's never-ending maze of glorious finds and lush greenery.
12. Athens, Greece
Pinterest boards: 268
Having Athens on this list is a no-brainer — the sprawling metropolis is made up of historical concrete blocks that makes it one of the most unique cities in the world.
11. Delhi, India
Pinterest boards: 283
The city of Delhi has been the centre for art and architecture, and is the result of several great empires over thousands of years.
10. Madrid, Spain
Pinterest boards: 291
Like many of the cities here, Madrid is also a combination of different styles that have evolved over time. For example, the Metropolis building is built in French style, the Edificio Grassy is eclectic and the Telefonica Building is a fusion of art deco and baroque.
9. Montreal, Canada
Pinterest boards: 296
Montreal is characterised by the juxtaposition of the old and new — the outcome of two successive colonisations by the French and British. There are many factories and warehouses as the city served as the industrial and financial centre of Canada for over a century and a half.
8. Chicago, USA
Pinterest boards: 308
Globally known for its unique architectural styles and originality as opposed to antiquity, the design of Chicago's buildings reflects the history of American architecture. From Chicago Bungalows and Two-Flats to the skyscrapers of the Loop and the city's sacred Polish Cathedrals, Chicago is a plethora of inspiration.
7. Paris, France
Pinterest boards: 320
The city can be divided into four architectural periods— Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Classical — which can be seen through the majestic and dominating historic buildings. The insides of apartments are adorned with scalloped wood panelling, curved walls, sandy tones, curved shelves and any other shapes and forms that make your heart melt.
6. São Paulo, Brazil
Pinterest boards: 335
The architecture in this bustling city is made up of unusual contrasts, from the mixture of modernist design to horizontal housing and mirrored skyscrapers.
5. Mumbai, India
Pinterest boards: 400
Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world (after Miami). The city's architecture blends Gothic, Victoria, Indo-Sarancenic and Contemporary styles.
4. Sydney, Australia
Pinterest boards: 584
Sydney isn't characterised by one style, but a combination of old and new architecture that has evolved over the city's 200-year history. Between the historic Queen Victoria Building and modern day skyscrapers in Barangaroo, you'll also find nuggets of beauty in the suburbs.
3. Toronto, Canda
Pinterest boards: 646
The combination of 19th century Georgian architecture and 21st century postmodernism is what makes Toronto, well, Toronto. Simply take a trip through Downtown Toronto and front, right and left you'll be graced with three different architectural styles.
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Pinterest boards: 707
Although known for the city's modern architectural wonders (most notably the Burj Khalifa), Dubai is also the home to original watchtowers, mosques, souks and houses that were all built with simplicity, functionality, durability and suitability for the hot climate.
1. Los Angeles, USA
Pinterest boards: 1,000
Los Angeles is an architectural visual feast and has long been the place of experimentation. It's dotted with mid-century homes scattered along the hills and contemporary and glorious buildings designed by the world's best architects.