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Interior design basics for guys

By on January 20th, 2016

Interior design can be a sensitive topic for guys. It can seem intimidating and even emasculating for a lot men. But what are the interior design basics for guys? What’s a good starting point?

Consider this: If you put thought and effort into how you dress – and I know you do because you’re reading this blog – then why stop there? Why not put some effort into the environments that you spend so much of your life in?

I’d hazard a guess that your home and/or office could look a little better. Bachelor pad or not, I bet you could use a little guidance.

So, this week we are touching on interior design basics for guys. And we teamed up with interior design guru, Liz Finkelstein, of Mile High Style. Liz works with a range of clients in the Colorado area to create beautiful and livable spaces.

1. Make your bed

[Liz Finkelstein] The room that needs the most help in a man’s house is the master bedroom. Start with a headboard+footboard combo, then remember that bedding should come from a set, the box spring needs a cover, and pillows should be plentiful: a queen mattress requires 4 pillows, a king mattress requires two king-sized pillows and 2 regular pillows.

make your bed interior design for guys

2. There is nothing wrong with decorative pillows

I promise you, adding a few additional pillows to the bed won’t diminish any of your masculinity. Obviously there are many pillows with fringe, embroidery, sequins, and I’m not suggesting these would be the right choices. But a few luxe faux fur pillows (photographed) either behind or in front of your pillow stack adds tremendous warmth and style.

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3. Buy art

If you’re a music lover, save up for an original print of your favorite artist or band by one of rock’s best photographers. Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City’s Soho has the best selection. Additionally, support your local art community by buying from up-and-comers.

4. Lighten up on the wood

I think that many men would be shocked to learn that furniture can be made of materials other than wood. Too much wood makes the room feel heavy and look boring. Try incorporating some pieces in metal (see featured image).


5. Just say no…

To overstuffed leather sofas and armchairs. I know they’re comfortable, I know you love them, but they are eye sores and can, literally, ruin the whole room.

Wrap up

At BE, we like to encourage our clients to find their own unique style in their clothing. To wear what makes them feel comfortable and confident.
I think the philosophy also applies to the interior design of your home or office. The design points above certainly aren’t absolutes – this list isn’t intended to be a checklist. Rather, I hope it gets you thinking about interior design in a new light.
It’s fun picking out fabrics for a new suit. Or selecting a contrast fabric for your dress shirt.
Similarly, it can be fun to arrange your living room or coffee table in an expressive way. And by incorporating only a couple of the design points above, you’ll be well on your way to living in a beautiful space.
About Liz:
Liz Finkelstein is a top Home Stylist in the Boulder and Denver area. Her work has been featured in 5280 magazine and Boulder Lifestyle magazine. She has a great eye for design. If you need a little help with your home or office, definitely get in touch with her.
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Further reading: Check out the excellent blog on TRNK for an additional perspective.
Images courtesy of Mile High Style.
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