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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Masculine Decor

Hello, my friends.  Can you believe it's Wednesday!  This week is passing by so swiftly!
Don't you wish time would slow down sometimes?!  I certainly do.
Cooking Light

Country Living

House Beautiful

Lonny Magazine
Lonny Magazine

Lonny Magazine
What do all of these images have in common?
I think they all have a masculine feel to them.
My husband does not enjoy feminine decor like I do.  
So I have been collecting these trying to see what they have in common that I could use in my own decor. 
So here's my list.
1.  They are done in earthy tones.
2.  Bookcases are filled with books, not pretties.
3.  No frills or ruffles.
4.  There are wood tones and black painted wood.
 5.  The white painted wood is in a very earthy setting, like the stone wall in the 3rd photo.
6.  Very straight lines are used.

Do you think about the masculine feel of a room when you decorate?
I try to because I want my husband to be as comfortable in our home as I am.  His thoughts and wishes are important to me.  If they weren't, all of my wooden furniture and trim would be painted white and the walls would be a different color, too!  But that isn't being fair, is it.  Our guest room is the only room that is really "me".
My hubby is of utmost importance, so I try to keep this in mind when I decorate.

I found a few more images of porches and flower boxes.
I love these!

Cottage Living
Cottage Living
Isn't this window box gorgeous!

What else would you add to the list of masculine decorating elements?  I want to know how you decorate for the men in your life.

Have a beautiful day!


podso said...

Cindy I think you are right on about the straight lines, neutral colors and bookcases with books in them. It's nice we can have a room to do what we like with (such as your guest room) but compromise is good with the rest of the house. I love bookcases in a room, filled with books, it adds such warmth.

Cindy said...

My hubby lets me decorate without much input, however I do keep him in mind...maybe that's why he just lets me go! I do use florals and have some sparkle here and there, but also have the hunt scene fabrics and prints with earthy tones scattered throughout our home to keep it from being too feminine. Love your pictures, especially the stone wall with blue chairs...NICE!
Hope you are having a great week Cindy!

Lorraine said...

You are a more considerate person than I am... I wanted to paint our bedroom PINK but my husband said NO WAY... so I settled with a nice misty blue.

Pamela Gordon said...

I think you hit the 'male' decorating idea on the head, Cindy. I have a mix of things in our home but hubby doesn't really notice the feminine side :-) Besides, he has his man-cave down stairs with his music room and office which both need work but are not at all feminine! Time to paint again. Also, our bedroom is not feminine, it's more neutral, and I would love for it to be pastel and fluffy! LOL

Jenifer said...

Great pics! I agree that our men need to feel comfortable in our home. I always ask my husband how he feels about our decor. As a matter of fact we choose all of our decor together so that it suited both of us. He did give me the bedroom and master bath to do with as I please and it is all purple! :)

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

I love this post because I actually love the masculine style. I love the lace and ruffles too so guess I'm just a mixed up person! But somehow, most of my decor tends to be more masculine. The one go to that my hubby wants is leather. I have a leather set in my den. It's his favorite place to sit. I also have another leather recliner in my sunroom which he loves and so do I. So comfy.
Great inspirational photos!

Ana said...

Hi Cindy,
Loved the pictures! I have always like the look of a room or even fashion that is a bit feminine with a touch of masculine. I think it represents me best beacause I consider myself a bit feminine, but was raised by a father who always wanted boys, so I grew up a bit of a tomboy...Hee, hee, hee. I guess that's good when decorating our petite cottage...Hubby doesn't have to worry about it all being too frilly :-) Although, sometimes it can be, but he says he doesn't mind :-)

Much love and hugs,

Pauline said...

Sorry Cindy, but I have no idea. My son's idea is black/white/grey and chrome. I have a friend whose bedroom was so frilly that one night, her husband told her, "It's no good. I can't sleep on this flowery pillow." Lol! Understand there are some men who draw a line :o)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cindy, I love masculine decor. I also love pretty things. For years, I tried to keep the bedrooms feminine and the rest of the house masculine. That's how things were when I grew up, and it suits both my husband and me. Lately, though, I've been craving more feminine things, with the St. A house having taking on a less playful vibe, and I keep wanting to do something feminine. So I'm doing our bedroom inour actual with accents of pink. My husband likes it, so I was like, WHEW! He's actually pretty easy to please, and that's in large part due to the fact that his mother and I have such similar tastes. For that, I'm eternally grateful! :-)

I think you can bring a masculine sensibility into a house without compromising your love for white. Think of accessories as your tool to do it, and also think of furnishings, too. I think blue is the perfect color to introduce a masculine touch (maybe some blue throw pillows in an ikat design or even in an animal print or burlap, something textural), and I like wooden trays and tool boxes as well as metal pails and old fans. How about a cane collection? Or some umbrellas? Or just walking sticks (actual sticks) in an umbrella stand?

That shot of the porch from "Cottage Living" has long been a favorite of mine. I also think you can mix painted pieces with natural wood pieces as that shot demonstrates. The marriage works well.

I love your house and think it's adorable. I think it's a good marriage. If all else fails, though, think of a neat worn leather chair. Men and leather are always a match made in Heaven!

Last but not least, my father was a hunter, so I have some of his horns and things around the house as well as his favorite bird dog whistle. My husband, though, drew the line with the animal heads which I grew up with and actually like. ;-)


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I wanted to add one more thing... thanks for the prayers. I am pacing myself, and after I visit a few people who left messages, I'm headed back to bed to rest for a bit. I'm trying to be good here, but it's hard. However, this twinge keeps reminding me to take it easy. ;-)

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! These are some pretty room and they are a little masculine. My hubby pretty much likes what I like and lets me decorate the way I want. He even gives me 'advice' sometimes. Sometimes it's even good advice too! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

PAT said...

Wonderful post, Cindy. I always try to keep in mind this is J's home too.:-) It is easy for me as I have not been a frilly girl for a many a year. I think I've figured out a pretty good balance of masculine and feminine in our home.

I liked all these images. Great inspiration.

Pamela said...

You are a great wife Cindy!
I stopped doing this. Our last home that we built my husband had way too much input so much i hated it. So now i told him i want full rein...he's fine with that. He has an office that is total manly!
I like the second photo!

Pamela xo

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

You know I think about my Honey when I decorate. Remember my fish on my wall? I want my Honey to feel comfortable.
Funny, he was sitting here next to me while reading this... He thought the first room was 'sissified'...He liked the 3rd, 4th and the bedroom. The 4th one he liked the most... said it looked comfortable.
I guess, I'm on track!
Enjoyed the post, Pat

Kathy said...

Hello Cindy,
there's a balance we take when decorating our homes - fortunately, my husband and I agree on most things - although, I have to be very careful what furniture I paint :)
Thanks for your sweet comments on my garden - wish I had my flower boxes up - we still have them down from the initial house painting. Love the window flower box examples you've found!


What color and brand paint is that in you dining room and is it flat eggshell? th ms!

Autumn @ Graceful Rantings of a Clutz said...

Thanks so much for stopping over at my blog! I love the ideas of the masculine decorating. We are currently remodeling and I am having the hardest time getting imput from Sir, he just says whatever I want, which means...use your good judgement. I will have to keep these things that you pointed out in my mind for the decorating process! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kevin said...

Thank you for such a wonderful post. I enjoyed every bit of it.childrens furniture

Wendy said...

I let him hang his deer head at the top of our stairs. I think that's enough masculinity for one house hehe. :)
Dark furniture gives a masculine touch, and not too many frills and ruffles is how I try to balance it. I gave up floral prints for more solid and neutral colours. But he loves every way I decorate so I'm very blessed :)