Oftentimes the Master Bedroom is the last item left on the interior design checklist. Clients tend to focus on the kitchen and public spaces since this is where people congregate. When was the last time you hosted a formal cocktail party in your bedroom? (Correct answer: never).
I am also guilty of leaving the master bedroom at the bottom of the list, but I encourage you to make it a priority. After all, it is supposed to be a haven of rest and recharge. Make it a space you love.
Today’s moodboard was created for a married couple facing the ominous task of balancing masculine and feminine details in their Master Bedroom. I was honored to help with this project because it is an issue so many couples face but shove under the rug, so to speak. I don’t know if this is because of embarrassment or if the wife always wins (eek!) and the husband doesn’t get a chance to voice an opinion. Well fellows, it is your chance to shine. I hear your “too many pillows” complaints and am here to help.
Being a “list” person, I find it helpful to categorize the masculine/feminine, yin/yang into two separate columns. Think of the one item you cannot live without. Next, choose a favorite color (only one), a favorite pattern (i.e. stripes, geometrics, florals), and a favorite style (i.e. traditional, modern, eclectic). Finish with one component that you can agree on. Maybe you both love the color blue or adore the same artist. This one bit of concurrence is vital and the first step in designing a room you both can enjoy.
Below is the result of this list completed by my clients. They found it extremely clarifying in reaching a final result that they both can be happy with.
|Non-Negotiable Item||Farm landscape painting||Grandmother’s wing chair|
|Preferred Pattern||None/solids||Florals, Checks|
|Style||Masculine, sleek, simple||Feminine, airy, traditional|
|Shared Item||New Lamps||New Lamps|
At first glance, it might seem like there is no hope. They have dissimilar tastes in color and style. However, their non-negotiable items work beautifully together. A farm landscape and and a wing chair are a match made in heaven and was the impetus I needed to create a room that blends all elements on their list seamlessly:
To appease them both on color, I suggest a mostly neutral room in whites and beiges but with accents of dark green. Neutral rooms with lots of white are soothing and serene, but the bit of green keeps it interesting and adds a necessary layer of modern and edgy.
1.Pretty farm watercolor that was his non-negotiable worked well with the light, airy colors she prefers.
2. The client wants to keep the white and beige check on the antique chair, which I encouraged since it is such a classic look. The husband immediately winced when I granted her this wish, but an accent pillow in his favored deep green will keep him happy.
3. This antique strie velvet has a soft feel but masculine presence.
4. The bedding shown here is Matouk “Essex,” the light airy look she loves but sleek lines he gravitates toward.
5. To ground the room and bring in the dark tones that he loves, I suggest antique wood chests to flank the bed. This offers the traditional quality she prefers with the masculine vibe he is after.6. I also found a pair of leather and brass stools for the foot of the bed. The materials are manly through and through, but lines are feminine and delicate. They both love them (a small marital miracle).
7. I appease her affinity to florals with one (count it, ONE) lumbar pillow for the bed made of Schumacher “Lotus Garden.” While technically a floral, its colors are far from feminine and also ties in the colors of the painting.
8. Finally, I was thrilled that their “agreed-upon” item is a new pair of Christopher Spitzmiller lamps in this rich, deep green. The bases are the sleek brass he loves and the shape and porcelain provide the traditional elements she prefers. As a result, this room is handsome, clean, and sleek but also cozy, fresh, and light. There are equal details of what they both adore, offering a sophisticated retreat that they can both be proud of.
Below are a few of my favorite rooms that so elegantly mix modern and traditional, masculine and feminine. What are some of your favorites?