Moving In Together? How to Make Your Feminine Décor Work
If you’ve decided to take the leap and move in with your significant other, you might be worried that you’ll have to start over when it comes to your new home’s décor. Mixing styles and tastes can be tricky, especially if you gravitate toward more delicate, feminine pieces while your partner prefers a more streamlined or traditionally masculine aesthetic. Don’t fret. The tips below will help you seamlessly combine the two styles.
If you are contributing the majority of the furniture and décor pieces, temper their ladylike vibes with a deep, dramatic paint color. The saturated shade will balance any delicate details in your existing pieces and make the unexpected pairing more gender-neutral.
If you find your accent pillows, rugs, and throw blankets all feature more feminine patterns like Greek keys, leopard print, chevron, or trellis motifs, add in some more neutral pieces to create a diverse mix. Wide stripes, houndstooth, pinstripes, and check are all neutral and conjure up patterns seen in men's suiting and fashion.
Add small furniture and accent pieces in dark wood tones to balance out the more precious aspects of gilded touches, plush upholstery, and delicate details. Just one heavy, substantial piece like an oversized coffee table or nightstand will temper the softer aspects of a room full of more feminine pieces.
Have a purple chair you can’t bare to part with or a turquoise rug you badly want to make work? No problem! Just be sure to offset saturated pieces with some more muted items to prevent your space from skewing too girly.
Potentially the easiest way to toughen up feminine décor is with a dash of black in the form of furniture, art, paint, or accessories. Whatever you choose, incorporating a few ebony-colored elements will create a more gender-neutral space.
Sculptural items with more extreme angles and lines are a great way to counteract the softness seen in ladylike furniture. Have an overstuffed sofa with gentle curves? Pair it with an inexpensive side table with more architectural details, or pull up some angular dining chairs to a white marble table to create a striking balance between soft and hard.
A leather-strap mirror, photo frame, or magazine holder are easy ways to add a touch of masculine style. The mix of textures will create appealing visual tension and a unique composition.
Masculine spaces tend to (but don’t always!) have simpler styling and a more streamlined aesthetic. This doesn't mean you have to live without your favorite layered vignettes and styled bookshelves, but do try and reign it in when arranging your accessories and utilize more natural elements in your compositions like petrified wood and stone.
Above all else, just remember that when combining items of vastly different styles, sometimes the best and easiest way to create a cohesive look is to edit. Use only your very favorite decorative accessories, reduce your throw pillow count, and go natural with pattern-free area rugs and you’ll be on your way to a harmonious environment in no time.