Mixing masculine and feminine decor in your home isn’t easy, but it’s doable with these tips and tricks from interior experts!
Decorating your home with a balanced masculine and feminine decor can be quite a challenge for some couples out there. Sometimes it can be overly masculine or overly feminine. However, it’s doable and possible to combine his and hers decors and interior styles together and live in a stylish and well-balanced home.
Difference Between Masculine and Feminine Decor
First things first, for you to have a balanced masculine and feminine decor in your home, you need to identify the differences between the two.
- Classic neutral palettes (black and white)
- Earthy color tones
- Pops of color
- Warm metallic (gold or brass)
- Lots of grays
- Geometric patterns
- Mix of textures (hard, rough, or weathered surfaces)
- Blend of brick and stone
- Big and colorful art
- Leather, leather, and lots of leather
- Bright colors and pastels
- Curved lines and shapes
- Soft materials (floral pattern, cotton, silk, and velvet)
- Furnishings are more ornate than functional
- Accessories (chic decor)
- Emphasis on ambient lighting
- Fresh flowers/dried flowers as decor
Communicate What You Both Want
I’m no relationship expert, but we all know that communication is key to have a harmonious relationship. It’s the same when you’re both designing your home.
To have a balanced masculine and feminine decor in your home, you need to communicate and make it clear what you both want to do with the space. Experiment with his and her furniture, decor, and ideas to create a place both of you can live happily together. Plus, you get to know each other’s interior styles, and it’s more fun to decorate.
For example, design your living room with neutral colors from the paint color to the main furniture. This makes it easy to add and switch up both masculine and feminine decors. However, it doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be any other colors. It just means that everything in your living room is balanced. You can definitely use colors like blue, gray, green, cream, or both of your favorite colors.
Use the 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 interior design rule is popular in the interior design world. According to the American Institute of Interior Design, “As long as 80% of your interior is unified by the same style, period, or philosophy, you can deviate with the other 20%.”
For example, this modern farmhouse dining room is made up of some farmhouse furniture like the wooden table and bench, spindle-back chairs, and indoor plants. The black wall, black and white art wall, and wood decor are dark and moody, which leans on the masculine side, but it looks balanced with the modern brass mirror and table, chic boho pendant light, fresh flowers and indoor plants, and soft sheepskin rug chair.
So, the real question is who gets dibs on 80% and who gets 20%? Well, that all depends on the furniture you have and what you’re willing to work with or purchase to have a balanced masculine and feminine decor. Or you can just flip a coin (LOL, jk).
One Word: Split
No, not as a couple because we don’t want that (and we don’t want to be blamed for that). Split as much as possible with his and her decor to create a space that reflects both of your personalities and as a couple.
If you’re designing your bedroom, make sure that you and your partner can add touches to the space. Plus, you can look at it as a fun way of getting to know each other like what makes some of your stuff special for you and vice-versa. Also, when you’re mixing masculine and feminine decor in a room, it should never be a one-sided story. Again, your goal is to create a space where both of you can live happily together.
Bring in Different Textures
Bring in different textures for a balanced masculine and feminine decor and to create a cozy and lively home.
For example, if you find your partner’s wooden chair is too masculine for your living room, add a sheepskin rug chair and a throw pillow to balance everything out. If the room’s color is a masculine gray, then mix it with feminine decors like gold or brass chic geometrical tables, blue throw pillows, and soft white curtains.
Compromise is Key
A balanced masculine and feminine decor can only be achieved when you compromise. It’s the same with your relationship. So, to make your home a place where both you can live happily ever after, you should try to find a middle ground.
For example, your partner’s leather sofa will work well with a neutral wall color like soft gray or warm white. Then, you can add two more colors (his and her) to make the space look cohesive and refined like blue and green. However, be sure that all three colors will work well together. Bring in textures like velvet and metallics like brass to make the space look balanced and stylish.
That’s a wrap on how to combine masculine and feminine decor into your home. Always keep your goal in mind when decorating your space. It should be a place where both of you can live happily. Plus, designing your home should never be a one-sided story. Communicate clearly what you want and learn how to compromise.
By the end of the day, we hope that you can create a home that will tell both of your stories. However, these tips don’t just apply to couples. It’s also for nurseries and guest bedrooms (if you have an extra room). Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s blog. Happy decorating!