Masculine vs. Feminine Design

Everybody designs their home in terms of their own personal style. Much like how we approach what pieces of clothing we like or dislike, all of the elements of a designed space will reflect a person’s taste. But how much does gender play a role in home décor? More than you think!

In general, most of my projects involve creating spaces for both genders to enjoy. But I have noticed that men and women have a few differences when it comes to design.

So what are the differences? Women tend to gravitate toward a more soft, calming color palette than men; usually neutrals or pastels. Slight differences in color are also usually more important to women; they want a shade that’s just right. While it might seem like the obvious answer, men are typically interested in a darker palette. In fact they are generally open to a wide range of colors and materials. Men generally want a more tailored, polished look while women want things to have a natural, softer look.

While there are a few slight differences in design choices depending on gender, I feel overall “masculine” and “feminine” have less to do with the actual gender of the person and more to do with the way you want people to feel in a particular room. A room that’s masculine will be a little darker, more put-together, have larger furniture pieces and have a moodier feel, while a feminine room will be airier, lighter and utilize softer details.

Ultimately, when talking about gender when it comes to design, the word takes on a new meaning. Do you think your design style is more masculine or feminine? Let us know in the comments!

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

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