Masculine Interior Design Trends
When most people think of masculine interior design, an image of a depressingly sparse apartment full of mix-matched furniture tends to come to mind. But not all men want their homes to be devoid of style. However, because most interior design trends tend to be geared towards women, it can be frustrating for many men (and women) who don’t want a feminine interior design in their home. Minimalist, masculine home designs have consequently become more popular, but how do you make a home masculine without looking tacky and tasteless? Keep reading to learn how to create a masculine home interior that exudes style.
How Should You Decorate a Masculine Living Room?
The living room is seen by most as the focal point of the home; not only is it where most households spend the majority of their time, but it’s also where you’ll receive and entertain guests. As such, the living room should take precedence when decorating the home. Depending on the interior design style you choose, there are a lot of different looks you can achieve. Here are some popular interior design styles that make it easy to create a masculine aesthetic in your living space.
- The increasingly popular Scandinavian and minimalist styles focus on simplistic, clean, and functional elements in the home. This might be ideal for someone looking to achieve a masculine living room design without spending a lot of money or having an overcrowded space.
- Mid-century modern interior styles incorporate forward silhouettes, minimalism, and functionality with a 50s/60s retro feel. Always stylish and never dated, this is a perfect choice for someone looking for a masculine room because it already incorporates some design elements that many associate with the trend.
- Embodying its namesake, industrial homes bring warehouse and factory elements. With neutral color schemes, reclaimed machinery, raw woods, and rough or unfinished surfaces, this style exudes masculinity.
- This style of design takes inspiration from the outdoors and also incorporates some industrial elements alongside masculine materials like weathered finishes, stone, and leather.
Masculine Bedroom Ideas
For most people, the most important room in the house to show their personal style is the bedroom. But when you’re trying to achieve a masculine bedroom, it can be easy to fall into some tacky, man cave territory. The best course of action is to keep it simple. Depending on the size of your bedroom, it might be ideal to only have a few key pieces of furniture. Odds are that the only thing you need is a bed, nightstands, and a dresser. Choose bedroom designs in staple colors like black and white so that you can more easily curate the look you want.
Decorating a Masculine Space on a Budget
If you are looking to decorate your house or apartment in a masculine style but don’t want to break the bank, we’ve compiled some tips to help you shop responsibly:
Only buy what you absolutely love
- The best rule of thumb to follow when it comes to buying anything is to only purchase items that you genuinely love. If you have any doubts about whether or not you like something, odds are that you’ll either come to regret your purchase or view it as lackluster then spend even more money replacing it.
Buy items that will age well
- This tip pertains to quality and style. You should always look for furniture that is going to withstand the test of time; check to make sure that the materials and craftwork feel strong, sturdy, and damage resistant. But you should also try to avoid trends and buy timeless pieces that won’t go out of style quickly.
Buy what you can afford
- It’s easy to get swept up in the allure of expensive furniture, but the last thing you want is to spend money you don’t have on furniture that won’t last. Look for affordable pieces or shop at stores with great financing options so you don’t spend too much money.
Don’t just shop for style
- Style is important in interior design, but you also need to look for functional furniture. Look for pieces that serve multiple purposes (like a coffee table that doubles as a desk) while maintaining a cohesive style!
Include color with accents
- Many masculine interiors are devoid of color, but you shouldn’t be afraid to incorporate fun colors with small knick knacks. Wall art, throw pillows, blankets, and natural materials like plants are all fantastic ways to diversify your color palette.