I am always on the prowl for masculine furniture and accessories that are not the typical “man cave” style: huge black sofas or sectionals, enormous black flat screen TVs,bear skin rugs and car or sports posters. Most of my single men design clients want comfort, style and quality.
I create rooms for my clients that look like they have been acquired over time. When everything matches a room lacks character and can be boring. Even if you spend a ton of money, it can look less expensive. Mixing styles and elements from different design eras gives your room a sense of quality and the feeling that each piece was carefully selected for your individual design taste. This design theory is also true for mascline design.
Recently, I very excited when one of my single male clients wanted to include his grandfather’s cigar table in his family room design. It adds character and makes his room feel more comfortable. Inherited pieces of furniture, accessories and art are also what designers call a “conversation piece”. Pieces that are worn and weathered and still being used show that they are well made. If you do not have inherited pieces, flea markets and consignments shops are great places to acquire a few antiques or vintage pieces
Adding several textures will make a room feel more masculine. The all time favorite for most men is leather, leather, leather!!! Wooden tables that are heavy enough add another element of warmth. Men also like metal and iron….tables with metal or iron legs give that industrial chic look. Something a man could kick back and rest his feet on. I have not yet found a man who did not like the idea of an upholstered ottoman with storage. Products that will last are important to men.
Straight lines are more masculine than curved lines. Not only in furniture but in lamps, artwork, lighting and fabrics. Men prefer simple, uncluttered design. If they live alone, dusting accessories and needing to move accessories to dust is not on their “to do list”.
Almost all men love neutral colors–black, gray, tan, taupe, brown, cream, white, navy, and gold. Men love blue! Almost any shade of blue. I include my favorite, turquoise. Add pops of color with accessories,rugs, artwork and if they will agree, throw pillows. Earth and jewel tones will make a make an all neutral room more inviting, and interesting.
Here is my list of more masculine elements :1- hardwood and tile floors, 2- blinds, shades or plain window panels for window coverings, 3- stainless steel kitchen appliances, 4-electronically controlled gas logs, ceiling fans, window shades 5-Black and white prints and black or dark wood frames,6-green design ( good for the environment), 7- repurpose furniture, accessories
Williams Sonoma offers rooms that are both masculine and feminine. www.williams-sonomahome.com
My next blog will be about the exciting design destination for men. TRNK. It has fabulous accessories,furniture and more for masculine tastes. Below in their own words is the creators of TRNK. “We’re Tariq & Nick, two design enthusiasts who want to redefine how men think about and shop for the home. We created TRNK as a destination for masculine design, and to celebrate evolved notions of male domesticity.” https://www.trnk-nyc.com/shop/