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Striking a balance between tasteful and masculine is a challenge that many guys face. It almost seems like “tasteful” and “masculine” are at odds with one another, given the lack of subtlety in most men’s decor. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of decor ideas for your bedroom.
checking out the projects and suggestions below, you’ll see that interior
design and masculinity are perfectly compatible. It just takes a little finessing.
With that in mind, here are seven ideas for a manly bedroom that doesn’t go
overboard with the testosterone.
1. Choose Cool, Dark Colors
don’t recommend going with the subterranean look. Black on black is a little
gaudy in a bedroom. Instead, choose some deep gray tones
to complement with earth tones like olive and dark brown.
is another selection that you can rely on and that won’t be too eclectic. If you’re
feeling like something a little more colorful, consider using deep purple,
burgundy or British racing green. These accent hues will give the space some
character, and they’ll match well with dark gray and black shades.
2. Think Simple and Functional
can achieve a very clean and masculine aesthetic by keeping things simple. Your
bed frame, for example, doesn’t need to be overwrought with lots of shelving
and decorative elements. Instead, choose something elegant, and keep the
bedding to a basic color palette, using some accents in the pillows.
this setup with other furniture that focuses on functional design. A touch of
leather on your reading chair or some well-placed plaid
in the throw
on your bed might be all the styling you need to put the icing on an otherwise simple
3. Remember That It’s Not a Man Cave
putting images of your favorite sports figures or teams on the wall. Don’t
focus outright on making the space dark either — darker colors are fine, but
ideally, you should have a source of natural light.
lighting can make your bedroom space dynamic and will play nicely with the
neutral color palette, making it feel welcoming during the day and personal and
private at night. If you do incorporate wall decorations, consider some simple
abstract paintings or photography that matches the neutral color palette.
4. Use Wood and Stone
use of too many textures can make your space too busy, so save the wainscoting
for your bar or game room. Do, however, make use of stained hardwoods
to add some mystery and masculine appeal.
stone backing against your simple bed frame, for example, can do a lot to set
off the look of some nice textured wood flooring. Perhaps you could accent it
with a simple area rug that draws colors from both the walls and floor,
bringing everything together.
5. If You’ve Got a View, Flaunt It
only do windows give you that lovely natural light you’re looking for, but they
can also add a stylistic element to your space by bringing what’s outside in.
you’re fortunate enough to have a view out to the ocean, the forest or a scenic
mountain valley, by all means, show it off. This is where being a homeowner is
a huge advantage.
can knock down old walls and install a large picture window to really take
advantage of the natural beauty. Add some curtains that align with your color
selections, and you’ll be living in style.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold
doesn’t have to mean “boring.” You can entertain the senses with some
tastefully bold decorative choices, such as a powerfully
colorful piece of wall art or a particularly eye-catching ceramic piece on your desk.
be afraid to add some indoor plants, which will make the space breathe better.
It’ll add to a nature-inspired green and brown color palette. Plants will also
contrast well with grays and blacks.
wall art and decorative pieces stand out well against a black backdrop, so keep
this option in mind if you want to go for a more dramatic feel.
7. Get Industrial
metal and stone fixtures for lighting, furniture and shelving can give a space
a trendy, masculine flavor. Consider steampunk-style lamps to illuminate the
space, or use metal piping on the wall in a functional manner.
light bulbs in ceiling fixtures can contribute to this look, but make sure you
get the kind with a visible filament. Be a little more reserved with this style
since it has a heavy impact.
Start Planning Today
spend a third of your life sleeping, most of the time in the comfort of your
own bedroom. Because of this, it’s important to get the look and feel of the
space right. You want to be comfortable, at peace and relaxed. You also want your
bedroom to look presentable for the occasional guest.
decor ideas for your bedroom should be enough to get you thinking. With some
carefully considered investments and a little ingenuity, you’ll have a space
you can be proud of and happy to come home to at night — and one that won’t let
you down if you need to show off.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.