A masculine interior would usually evoke images of minimalist, dark spaces and bachelor pads however, the look can be a lot more than these mere stereotypes. It can also convey a sense of warmth, elegance and diverse styles and themes.
Colours and shapes are two of the most important elements to consider. In contrast to the feminine feel, a masculine space must largely contain simple, straight lines. There is also usually one or two anchor items of furniture in the space which are heavy, sturdy looking pieces such as the Stonecut sideboard by Ethnicraft or the pictured trunks from the Halo range.
For a masculine colour palette work with dark, saturated colours and neutral hues. You should also add in some white, blue or even dark green to give the space a sense of airiness and cheerful ambiance. The McKenzie & Willis Interior Design team have opted to introduce dark green in this scheme with the striking textured Weave wallpaper by Arte along with selected white accessories.
Menswear is often credited as the driver for this interior trend so suits, shirts, ties and accessories can provide great inspiration. Tweeds, tartans, and twills as well as herringbone and striped patterns are key in any fabrics you incorporate. Look for polished chrome finishes and leather for hardware and furniture such as the Bilbao lounger by Halo and the chrome lamp.
Giving your masculine space an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic pieces is a great way to add a new twist on a traditional look. Replace the traditional Chesterfield sofa with a relaxed modern recliner or the floor to ceiling shelving with the clean lines of a console. Modern wallpapers and accessories also help achieve a successful mix of the two ideas.
The ‘man cave’ look isn’t just for that one room anymore. Manly furnishings and interiors are dominating sophisticated spaces shared by the whole family. The uncluttered style with its clean lines, sophisticated patterns and colour palette can appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes.