Masculine-Style Interior Design

Masculine interior design is popular amongst women and men and has become increasingly so in the last few years. Gone are the days when floral prints, feminine palettes of peach and pinks and minute trinkets were all the rage; nowadays, heavy wooden and metal furniture combined with leather and monochrome accessories.

In short, the masculine interior design style can be described as a combination of minimalist decor, a palette of earthy grey and brown tones, raw textures and chunky furniture. If you're lucky enough to live in an already masculine looking space then enhancing the features and bringing the look together shouldn't be too hard. Features such as exposed brick and pipes, interesting windows (such as factory style windows) and wood should be highlighted and made to be the statements of the room. Furthermore, you can't go wrong with a 'studio' feel: choose larger pieces of furniture which double up (added practicality and style), combine with accessories such as metal desk tidies, metallic desk lamps and old fashioned electric fans. Cushions and throws should be kept to an absolute minimum as these tend to add a soft, feminine touch.

Another helpful tip to create a masculine is to apply an accent primary colour; red or blue work best. Keep the other colours in the interior simple by focussing on dark shades of grey, navy and off white (but used minimally). From here, accent the space with flecks of red and/or blue through accessories such as throws, leather books and trimming on upholstery to add an interesting twist to a plain chair or cushion.

To ensure your masculine space doesn't appear completely dark and miserable, add subtle warmth with a well-chosen lamp or two and some fun accessories such as a union jack cushion, some vintage prints for the wall or maybe an old leather trunk. 'Tired looking' leather accessories fit the masculine interior perfectly. An old armchair or foot stool make the perfect statement piece and inject charm into the space.

If you want to paint the walls of your space in a brighter colour than grey or off white, opt for primary colours, such as red or blue. To paint all the walls in this colour could be too much for a smaller space, so in this case, opt for a statement wall. Break up the block colour on the wall with white skirting boards and cornicing or put up a wonderful piece of artwork. If you're going to put up a piece of artwork, ensure there isn't too much colour in the piece, something which implements more calm, natural tones would work best against a block colour wall.

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