I like to think of this ideabook as a guide to making a home "manageably masculine."
A lot of the design I notice in shelter mags and online has a distinctly feminine touch. Even if the rooms aren't all ruffles and cotton candy pink, they've got a girly vibe that's hard to deny. They're pretty rooms and they work in a lot of homes, where design is the woman's domain.
I, however, do not live in one of those homes. I'm married to a big, strapping guys' guy...who has a lot of opinions about our home. He's into home design and for me that's great - how many guys like both NASCAR and antiquing? - but it also presents a challenge. When it comes to decorating, we have to compromise.
As a result, our house is on the masculine side, but in a way that's quite bearable for me, a girl who lived in a pink room until I was 22. No ruffles in our house, but it's not all dark wood and dogs-playing-poker prints, either.
These seven tips represent what's worked for us - if you've got any additional ideas, please share them in the comments!
1. Furniture on a serious scale. These chairs actually inspired the whole ideabook. There's something very masculine about their scale, but they're interesting enough that their size isn't their only draw.
3. Woodsy wood. Dark wood has long been the domain of man space - but I think the best wood is stuff that looks a little rough, regardless of color. This dresser is simple, but has some personality thanks to a little texture.
4. Serious rugs. This is Rainn Wilson's "man room" - and even if I didn't love Dwight, I'd lov ethe room for it's balanced combination of wood and light, and the way the rug works with the space. Masculine spaces need serious rugs in rich colors - just like this one.
7. No frills. Seems obvious, but it's true: guy-friendly spaces can't have lots of ruffles. For that reason, minimal, Eastern design lends works nicely, especially in the bedroom (which often suffers from girliness).