Marrying Masculine and Feminine Styles in your Home

With just wrapping up Father’s day I thought it would be the perfect time to chat about how to include your man’s interior style into your home. Yes, even the guy who is notorious for wearing his black socks with his crocs while mowing the lawn can have a say too.

Listen ladies and gents, roles are changing in the home. Men are now staying home and raising the children while Mama brings home the turkey bacon. Or maybe both partners are out working to make ends meet. Modern Dads are very involved and rightfully so. We need our dad’s. We need their bad jokes, hugs, logic, grilling skills, great advice, and support. Why are we not including them into the decorating of the home you share?  The constant battle of the sexes ultimately seems to happen when trying to blend two different styles into the home but fear not. I have found this to be a common roadblock with my clients but with surprisingly easy solutions. I hear your concerns and I am here to help.

I have put together some great examples of rooms that successfully combined masculine and feminine style with some helpful tips to achieving this for your shared space.

image: Design Sponge
Sometimes it’s about compromise: Blue is typically a color both men and women agree on. This dining room has all the elements of a masculine approach. Clean lines, heavy wood table, dark navy blue wall, hide rug, and metals. However, this space offers many feminine traits. The soft luxurious look of velvet, the colorful artwork popping off the blue wall. The timeless look of gold and vase filled with fresh flowers.

Maybe I am lucky and have been surrounded by men with great taste, or maybe I am biased because I personally tend to lean towards masculine styles. But seriously what’s not to like?…

Dark moody walls set against luscious velvet green tufted furniture. The pops of red and pink are a fun way to add a feminine touch to soften the space.

Masculine style is sexy, moody, sophisticated, minimal, and clean lines. Its animals, leather, wood, metals, plaids, tweed, tufting, and dark colors. Introducing a few of these examples will not only add a nice balance to a soft feminine look but will make the hubs feel like he lives there as well. Life is all about balance and that includes the decor in your humble abode.

If you are a fan of the show New Girl like I am, a quote from S01E17 Nick Miller describes it best when it comes to masculine style.

Image: Juliette Interiors
“I just came in here and it smelled like Shakespeare — if Shakespeare were a damn cowboy — and a hawk’s nest and boat fuel and cigars and bourbon. Man stuff!”

Display and accessorize with what you both love. Example: my husband is an outdoors man and has collected some really cool items along the way. I am not saying I want a full wall of dead animals staring directly into my soul but a few conversation pieces are definitely encouraged. If you look above the walkway you will see a snakeskin bow my husband picked up from an artizen in Hannibal, MO. It makes for a great conversation piece that adds texture and something that fills in the gallery wall space perfectly.

Image: MBR Domestic Styling
Notice the deer head on the black and gold graphic wall. My husband and I found the skull while on a hike at my in-laws Ranch. We painted it with high gloss white to add as interesting wall art.
Our rustic dining table was a project husband and I worked on together. We were in desperate need of a dining room table with a very small budget to work with. Luckily my father in law saved the flooring from a hundred old year tobacco barn on one of his properties. The tongue and groove oak wood is the perfect juxtaposition against the tufted red chairs.

In our home it’s 100/100 as far as decisions made for our family and I love it. The pressure is not all on me to take care of the house, kids, pets, bills, etc. Asking your partner what they do and do not like can go a long way in your relationship. To me it shows a mutual respect, inclusiveness, and you are on your way to creating a home that represents the life you are building together.

Added bonus: I have put together a mix of masculine and feminine items for a living room just for you. All photos have direct links to purchase any or all that tickle your fancy.