In most houses, women still do a lot of their home furnishing and nest feathering. But I find it troubling to see an overly feminine main bedroom that’s shared by a couple. Whenever I’m designing a bedroom for a man and a woman, if at first glance I can not see a man being comfy, I return to work.
Color appears to be the most common theme in too feminized rooms, more than individual motifs or other elements. Lace, by way of instance, decidedly feminine, probably appeals more to a man when it is black, right? Using soft pastels and pinks, but also the lack of dark colors generally, can render a bedroom feeling too sour.
One rule of thumb in layout is that every room needs some black to anchor it. Here is another color insight: Orange and blue make for the most attractive complementary color combination in advertising to reach a man audience. Picture that the New York Mets uniforms.
Really, color is key, but just how much does one need? Often subtle shifts are sufficient.
Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
This smoky backdrop radically defines the sleeping zone whilst setting other colors ablaze with vibrancy. Hand-crafted Native Americaninspired flat-weave rugs with colors that pop meet a clean-lined discipline. Arrows step in as objets d’art above the bed.
Vive la différence. If she enjoys a streamlined style but wishes to display something rustic or tribal, like a selection of arrows, then celebrate them in a minimum display with picture interest. If he enjoys contemporary images and sexy colors, let him select the accents. Put them together and everyone wins.
Artistic Designs for Living
Masculine Meets Traditional
The elements are all traditional in this European-inspired room. Pinch-pleat drapes, dark wood drapery hardware, a curved headboard with intricate carving and toss pillows in a classic pattern deliver a traditional appearance that may also feel masculine.
Her fashion, his colors. If you love traditional however, your mate feels left out, take notes. The achievement here begins with the deep earthy wall shade. This keeps the room from being too feminine. If you like traditional motifs and patterns, decide on a simplified variant for accents in a bolder color combination, like these toss pillows. They repeat the smoky wall color in the background and add a reach of rich color to tie with a layered appearance. Use soft white bedding, as done here, but keep it crisp and tailored.
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Orange and Blue
This classic plot draws on complementary colors that appeal to masculine tastes but are offered in a female-pleasing interpretation.
Color for two. Maintain both parties contented. A subtle shift from blue and orange to coral and aqua may be more pleasing for women. Choose an artful mixture of bold patterns and anchor it with charcoal to find this look appropriate for both of you.
Margaret Donaldson Interiors
Orange and blue are used in small portions here. Inside this mostly achromatic plot, orange notes in the carpet contrast the blues in the artwork while not overpowering. I love the choice of midtoned wood for a marriage saver.
Use color sparingly. Paint walls white to highlight a gorgeous headboard silhouette. It will showcase the form as well as the wood grain. Pick an antique rug like this using a boundary which brings in color from artwork — and stop there.
Erica George Dines Photography
These greens and blues please many people. The delicate pastel wall shade is pleasingly female, but the powerful masculine headboard adds equilibrium.
Maximize green and blue. To balance a soft wall shade, inject punchy green and blue, as was done here using the bedside table and comforter. Select saturated colors to decorate pastels. (“Saturation” refers to the purity or intensity of a color. A highly saturated color is one that does not contain any white, which could create atintblack, which could create atone. )
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This universally gender-neutral color steps in to rescue the most style-challenged couples.
Hint: Set yellowish against black to balance it. Utilize tufting, such as on this bench, for softness, and black trim on bedding to add a border. It is fine how this dark trim echoes the railing detail on the stairs.
Keen for Green
Green is almost always a fantastic gender-neutral option.
Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ
Brown and Cream
This really is a Traditional go-to combo.
Gridley + Graves Photographers
Punctuate With Dark
Lean outlines in dark wood are only sufficient to keep this palette from erring on the side of too soft.
Hint: Outline light colors with black. Take a cue from Johannes Itten (one of the main pedagogical forces supporting Bauhaus and also a contributor of a unique theory on color). “Light colors on light backgrounds could be greatly augmented if summarized in dark,” he explained.
Rachel Reider Interiors
Blue Is your Hue
A dark headboard adds curve appeal, also. Blue is universally the most adored color. Break it up with soft grey and white to get the balance just perfect.
Hint: Utilize white backdrops for dark colors. “Dark colors appear most striking against white,” Itten said.This room lands right in the Goldilocks zone: not too manly, not too girly — only perfect.