We like to think that when it comes to decorating, men and women are not that different from each other. On the brink of 2017, women know the value of a good minimalistic interior as much as men love to adorn their homes with rose gold—which, as it turns out, they are huge fans of. Just like we believe that a nursery shouldn't be pink for a girl and blue for a boy, we are strong cheerleaders for gender-neutral décor in all shapes and sizes. But that doesn't mean we don't love picking the brains of the men in our lives who are sometimes more concerned with the size of their TV than how to organize their closet like a Kardashian.
Don't get us wrong—these eloquent 21st-century renaissance gents renovate their homes, landscape their yards, make their own furniture, and buy quality organic sheets. And we were dying to know what they thought of the décor trends predicted to blow up in 2017. We showed them our favorite trends and asked them their first thoughts—this is what they had to say.
What we told them: Vintage or antiqued rugs have a faded, worn-out texture and irregular shape. They are most often Turkish or Moroccan.
"This belongs in the jam room."
"If you're going to be conned into buying a third-rate carpet, you might as well cover your floor in it and make others believe you're worldly and discerning."
"Big fan of this one. Out with the new, in with the old."
"I wish this was my kitchen. Persian rugs are da bomb!"
What we told them: Hygge is a Scandinavian term that refers to the simple comforts of home.
"I literally don't understand this. Or how to pronounce it. But I'm sure IKEA is embracing it. Is the cage there to catch your dinner?"
"Home is where the hygge is."
"Not too sure how cozy that folding chair would be. But hygge as a concept makes complete sense to me."
"You don't have to be high(ge) to enjoy this"
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What we told them: The Athleisure trend is borrowed from fashion and largely consists of quilted or padded furniture that might resemble a puffer jacket, for example.
"It looks great! As a seat on a rowing machine that you pose for selfies on."
"Athleisure belongs in the closet, not in the living room."
"I'm more impressed by whoever is naming these trends."
"This one reaffirms my opinion that you should start trends, not follow them."
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What we told them: Brought on by the popularity of vintage linen bedding, beds are now most often styled unmade and wrinkled.
"Twist my arm."
"Wow, that means I've been a trendy interior decorator since I was 10 years old."
"This is just laziness, which is also a trend."
"Who knew trending was so easy? I'd blame my girlfriend for not making the bed, but the truth is I don't do it either. Now we trendy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"
What we told them: Jewel tones are the next big colors of 2017. Think emerald, ruby red, sapphire, marigold.
"Good for dudes who shop at Acme."
"Seeking a-tone-ment for 2016 trends?"
"Expect to see these in my girlfriend's apartment—not mine."
"Shine bright like a diamond."
What we told them: The Konmari method, coined by Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo, is a decluttering practice by which you throw out anything that doesn't bring you joy. The goal: owning as little as possible.
"I fully support Kondo cleaning her condo."
"Sounds like reverse ambition. I like it."
"I have always wanted to have a residence in the Park Hyatt Tokyo and feel the stark silence."
"This may explain why I am single."
What we told them: Many interior designers believe that the interiors of 2017 will have a greater mix of styles and periods—seamlessly blending antiques with minimal contemporary pieces.
"I like this. Nothing like a rickety armoire to complement your 200-inch Samsung Smart Fridge."
"As the positive imagery above the bed says, yes."
"Not to be confused with old eclecticism."
"Mate, we do this already. Our home is full of old and new stuff."
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What we told them: Seamless cabinets are kitchen or bathroom cabinets that are completely flat and devoid of any embellishments or handles. They most often come in glossy colors but can also be found in natural wood finishes.
"If I can't open it easily, I'm not going to like it."
"Look, Ma—no hands!"
"Any cabinet in my bathroom would be a welcome change."
"Smudge. Smudge. Smudge. Wipe."