This post might be a bit sexist and stereotypical. Let’s just get that disclaimer out of the way from the get-go. I think there are probably plenty of women who only like neutrals and plenty of men who love bold colors, patterns, and perhaps even loud fuchsia floral fabrics. However, these decorating tips for pleasing both him and her are aimed at those who fit more into the gender-stereotype-box. For example, these tips are great for me and my husband!
My husband used to be much more opinionated about our home decor. When we were engaged and picking out china patterns, I about lost my mind. We must have looked at EVERY everyday dish pattern available in the entire world. I wanted green and blue floral and he wanted solid brown earthware. Needless to say, we have very different styles of decorating—and very different styles on pretty much everything in life! I chalk it up to a severe case of opposites attract. However, because he loves me and knows it is my passion, Matt pretty much gives me free reign in decorating the home. (Woohoo!) However, I do keep his tastes and preferences in mind when decorating. Here are some tips to follow if your guy isn’t crazy about bold colors, loud patterns, and pink. If he is, then consider yourself blessed!
Tip 1: Choose a neutral color palette for the walls.
Whites, creams, tans, and grays are great options to consider. Some of my favorite go-to neutrals are Ramie by Sherwin Williams, Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore, and Sherwood Tan by Benjamin Moore. Save your pops of color for your accessories. (You can see more of Ramie and Sea Salt in my Christmas House Tour post.)
Tip 2: Use texture in place of color.
If you and your partner cannot agree on accent colors, you can create a gorgeous room using three different shades of the same neutral color. Incorporate items within the same color family that have various textures to add interest to your room.
Tip 3: When choosing furniture, pick pieces with clean and simple lines.
If a more modern look isn’t to your liking, choose sofas with rounded arms but avoid heavily carved or ornate pieces unless your man loves that look as well.
Tip 4: Use pops of color, pattern, and texture on several different fabrics.
Most men aren’t going to gravitate towards a floral pattern but they might not mind it in neutral or on a toss pillow. Compromise with your fabrics by choosing one floral (if desired), one large scale geometric, and one smaller scale geometric. Toss in some solid colored pops of color and your room will look more put together and both parties will be pleased!
Oh yes, and are you wondering what everyday dishes we finally decided on registering for nearly 14 years ago? They are by Royal Dalton in a pattern called Cinnabar which has earth-toned florals intertwined with a geometric pattern—on the same dish. The best compromise we could find.
They are now all packed up and in the basement because I prefer my all white Walmart dishes now :). I’m a girl who likes to change her mind *wink*.
So, how about you and your man? Do you agree when it comes to decorating the home?
I originally wrote these tips for an article in Smart magazine. You can download a copy of the original article in the Jan/Feb edition here.