Masculine Apartment Style Interior Design
Masculine interior designs often focus on solid, unpainted, easily stained wood furniture accented by rich, neutral tones and warm, dark touches. Masculine bedroom themes can include the rich darker hues of mahogany and walnut, but these colors generally hold no sexual appeal to women, so keep them to yourself! Solid black and white, or a variety of gray also suit the masculine style well. Soft, feminine touches like carefully rendered needlework and needlepoint threading add femininity to the masculine style, as does the occasional use of crystal, glass or chrome objects.
In contrast, feminine living rooms can follow the Masculine scheme quite easily. These can be decorated in neutral tones that are very similar to those used in the masculine scheme, if desired. Neutral, earth tones of walnut, oak, beech, ash, and other wood tones are often used for the flooring, walls, cabinets, and even lighting fixtures. Accents like delicate floral prints, ribbon embroidery, and silk floral arrangements add femininity to the scheme.
The furniture for the masculine and feminine spaces can follow either a single theme or a mix of different colours and textures. For example, an antique desk might be accented by a faucet or lampshade in rich brass or iron, while soft cushions on the chairs and loveseats contrast elegantly with the upholstered furniture. A few candles (mostly scented, if possible) on a mantelpiece lend a masculine air to the interior design scheme. Wall art is usually on the form of a large, framed painting, with the title, a quote, or symbol denoting the mood of the space. Framed prints on the wall, mounted on wooden frames, allow you to pull together a coherent theme throughout the space.
The themes expressed in masculine and feminine interior design styles may follow fashions from nature
For example, the use of natural materials like stone, tiles, and glass is common in a masculine environment. This can add warmth and coziness to the space, but keep in mind that depending on the decorator’s preference, the room may be decorated in only one particular style, and the goal is to create an overall effect that is inviting and relaxing. Soft coloured flooring and dark hardwood furniture, for example, can provide a solid, earthy tone to the room.
Masculine interiors may also take their inspiration from nature, but due to the prevalence of hard, flat surfaces, natural materials may be out of reach for many decorators. To get a sense of how interior designers go about working with nature, take a drive around a city and look at the trees. While most interiors are painted white or grey, the sheer size of some trees (over 50 feet) indicates that they have not been painted for very long, and their bare surfaces reveal the beauty and texture beneath.
One way that traditional home decorating can be influenced by nature is in the types of textures that are used. For example, stone floors are ideal in a masculine room because these materials are known to be extremely masculine and unyielding. By creating a stone floor in a masculine environment, the effect can be almost overpowering. The same idea can be applied to wooden furniture. Soft, padded chairs made of wood are perfect for adding a rustic charm to a living room, and can even be softened by use of warm, earthy tones in the walls (such as those found in many basements and attics).
Men love to hike. In the late afternoon, when it is cool and peaceful, hiking can be a relaxing activity. Decorating a masculine interior can be achieved in many ways, including adding a comfortable bench, some shady place to sit, and perhaps a small table for a bottle of wine or beer. Along with the use of plants and bushes to add color and life to the outdoors, the use of manmade objects such as rocks, boulders, and cactus stones can add interest to a hiking area. A large rock featuring a tribe of hikers sitting beneath an ancient tree is an interesting focal point, and will certainly inspire many conversations with friends and family.
While hiking can be a wonderful experience
There are other activities that can be used to create a masculine environment while still maintaining a relaxed and casual interior design style. One popular method is to make use of masculine carpeting, since it is softer than the softer, more feminine fabrics, and does not easily date. Natural stone floors are another option, especially if the floors are exposed to natural light. If the interior design scheme uses bright colours, it may be a good idea to use a pale blue or turquoise on the walls, since these colours are known to be masculine. By using these simple techniques, a masculine apartment can easily become a masculine retreat.