Architects and designers are known to describe certain spaces as either masculine or feminine. These descriptions are used to put decor on an aesthetic placeholder, stereotyping interiors in order to establish a solid design direction. That way, picking colours, furniture and other articles is made easier. Interested to know which category your room decor falls? Read on below.
Feminine inspired interiors are associated with softness. Colour tones usually include white and pastels, and mellow printed fabrics, such as florals, dotted and damasks. Furniture and textile options are usually rounded and ornate, and most of the times, are chosen for their aesthetics rather than function. Textiles are rich and luxurious to touch, including the fabrics silk, cotton and velvet.
In this particular design, one will see a pastel-inspired room glowing with easy-to-the-eye pinks and blues. This is easily constructed around a fashionable art piece installed on a white wall. The gold tones add a sophisticated touch to the centrepiece couch. A floral rug thrown over the wooden floor adds a nice, womanly touch.
On the other hand, masculine decor is all about the roughness and the rawness of the interiors. Designers mostly use rich, dark colour tones such as brick reds, greys, browns and kohl. To break out the grim appearance of the space, a pop of colour, including metallic shades, is used. Shapes are sleek and straightforward and accents mostly include leather, animal skin, plain, and weathered and distorted items. Most of the times, masculinity is associated with industrial design.
This hunter’s den just speaks so; its walls are seriously stark-toned, with and added accent of an antlered-skull painting overhead. Side tables are square and much functional, with clean white shaded lamps to brighten up the interiors. Shades of brown and bronze creates a striking accent to the already-dark motif.
Now that we know the virtues of both decor, you may now determine which style is best used to describe your interiors. But hold on second—did you know that you can actually put together both aspects to create a one-of-a-kind room, entirely your own? Check out these examples!
Mix up the raw-edged wooden table and black square stools (masculine decor) with the soft colours of pewter and white pendant lights (feminine décor). Add to that, a bounty of florals and white ceramics for a beautiful, Scandinavian inspired interior!
No, grey is not limited to masculinity. Make use of this well-loved tone in your artistic interior by collecting patterned pillows as an accent for your dimly-coloured couch. Succulents will definitely add some life to your interior, so decorate small tables with potted plants. Add some sparkle with a classic accent light bulb for an ambient lighting.
Love rustic? This interior style is perfect for you. Make use of that raw-edged coffee table as an accent piece to your otherwise soft interior. Neutral is a perfect canvass to work on, and designing it with wooden decors brings you back to that calm, countryside charm. Strategically place florals and plants for a nature-inspired décor. Add to your table a white lamp for a more romantic feel.
This nostalgic, idyllic escape makes use of soft, feminine décor and furniture, accentuated with, surprisingly, a black industrial floor lamp. The cupboard displays well-loved familial items, and the rest of the room showcases vintage lux, taking inspiration from vacation chalets.
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