Decorating can be pretty challenging at times, especially if there are two people with different preferences and styles. While there has been a long debate on how certain furniture appears more feminine or masculine, it’s important to know how to balance both features that look best from both worlds.
Forget all the headache and turmoil of getting the right balance, here are some of the great tips to mix masculine and feminine decor.
Playing with Colors
While both men and women have a different preference on colors, mix-and-matching the perfect color could be something that’s challenging and fun. Masculine colors are typically identified with heavy and dark colors. Meanwhile, feminine decor tones tend to be brighter and airier such as pastels. Try to opt for two-tone combinations such as pink-black, cream-brown, and soft blue-gray.
Another way to create balance in your decor is through pattern and texture. Feminine decor tends to incorporate fur rugs, floral and delicate patterns such as polka dots, whereas masculine pattern and texture prefer harsh lines and geometric shapes. Consider combining a floral background and geometric lines for a chic balance.
Masculine furniture tends to emphasize function and lacks the embellishment and decoration that feminine decor has. Since feminine decor is usually curvy and light, you need to be tricky in finding the right combination. You can try collaborating both of them such as draping fur blanket or soft pillows on a masculine sofa.
Being the rule of thumb in the interior design world, the 80/20 rule means that as long as 80% of your interior is unified, you can get creative with the rest. This means that you need to make a compromise in deciding whether you want your room to lean more into the masculine or feminine decor.
Accessories are usually kept minimal in masculine decor in the form of wooden carvings and metal embellishment. To make it more feminine, opt for a light-colored wood with small details for a more delicate impression.