Handsome for the Home

I'm starting to design two bachelor pads this week; needless to say, masculine interiors are on my mind! I love a well-executed masculine space. Nothing too macho, heavy or overdone -- just effortlessly cool, comfortable, eclectic and sophisticated. It takes a thoughtful mix of quintessentially masculine pieces combined with subtle softer touches to achieve a balanced look. At the end of the day, a masculine interior should be as visually appealing to women as it is to men!

Here are a few essential elements of masculine style when it comes to the home:

1. EFFORTLESS. It's always better when it doesn't seem like you tried too hard.

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2. COLLECTED. Vintage finds are key. Mixing styles will create a comfortable, worn-in feel with a personal touch.

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3. TEXTURED. Because masculine interiors often have muted palettes, texture is crucial. I love all of the grasscloth wallpapers, textured wood and even velvet (!) used in masculine rooms.

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4. UNDERSTATED. Less is more. Fussy is not masculine!

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5. RUGGED. The rugged, hunter look lends itself well to a manly space. Something "raw" -- an exposed beam, a concrete floor -- goes a long way. Just warm up a cold room with a great rug and soft draperies.

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6. EARTHY. Bring in a natural element, whether it's a plant, tree branches or even flowers.

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7. ANIMAL INSTINCTS. Animal prints and accessories will never go out of style.

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8. ARTISTIC. Art makes any room sing. Black and white prints or a framed jersey create a strong visual impact.

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Follow these tips and the chicks will dig it. Thanks for reading!