For the past weeks, I ‘ve been obsessed with industrial interior design. I’m in love with the idea of giving the room a “raw, unfinished look” in a very thoughtful manner. I’m fascinated with brick and gray patina walls, reclaimed wood furniture pieces, exposed ceiling beams and electrical wires, and the palette of black, white, gray, and brown. I want to remodel my bedroom in such a way. I showed my aunt pictures of my “dream room.”
“It looks like a man’s room.”
And that’s when I realized that yeah, it does look like a man’s room.
Colors, patterns, textures, and shapes are visual cues that subconsciously convey a sense of gender. I don’t like imposing gender roles so I’d like to look at terms “masculine” and “feminine” as décor styles, not labels that dictate that a particular room design should only be for men or for women. What if I like navy blue? But as much as I love brick walls and dark colors, I’m open to the idea of subtly introducing some elements that’ll give a room a more ladylike spirit.
Here are 6 subtle ways to add feminine touches to your space.
1. Play with milky colors
There are more feminine colors in the spectrum besides pink. The trick is to use the right tint. Colors dubbed as “feminine” often lean towards the softer, paler, desaturated tones like pastels and creamy neutrals. You can create a womanly, romantic vibe by opting for powder blue rather than navy or taupe rather than chocolate brown.
This doesn’t mean you should steer clear of bright colors. Hot pink and turquoise, for instance, also work well to create the notion that a chic woman resides in that room. You just have to use them prudently. As for accents, think of warm metallics like gold, rose gold, and copper.
2. Opt for florals and delicate patterns
If you have a love-hate relationship with color like me and you’d prefer to keep everything neutral, then patterns will speak for your taste. You can never go wrong with florals, botanicals, and damasks. Minimize use of plaids, for they are dubbed as “manly.”
Traditional and romantic décor styles also tend to look more feminine. You may draw inspiration from Victorian, Art Nouveau, and shabby chic interiors.
3. Go round and curvy
Hard, strict lines and geometric shapes are associated with masculine rooms, so you might want to tone them down. Incorporate free-form and curving lines as well as items with soft, round edges to achieve a feminine aesthetic. Mix straight and curvy; like putting a rectangular sideboard next to a round ottoman. Simpler designs like little polka dots work too.
4. Use soft and comfy fabrics
If you have to use bulky furniture pieces or rough textures, make sure to soften them with smart fabric choices. Have a healthy dose of soft fabrics like silk, cotton, velvet, linen, cashmere, and chenile, as well as delicate fabrics including lace, chiffon, and sheer fabrics. Fluffy scalloped linens and accent rugs with plush textures, like faux fur, soften up the sturdy lines of the furniture pieces.
5. Decorate with chic flourishes
Enliven the space with flowers and plants, artworks, and objects d’arts. When it comes to feminine aesthetic, certain materials come to play. Think of flourishes like crystals, mirrors, marbles, and warm metallics like gold (or pieces covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint). Additionally, the smallest details like button tufting in chairs and headboards and ornate carvings in wood, metal, and stonework make a chic interior.
6. Contrast is key
The right combination of shapes, colors, patterns, and textures add dynamics to any room. Mix shiny with matte, smooth with coarse, hard with soft, and angular with curvy. Pair up the lighter tones with darker contrasting accents to give the room added visual interest and depth.
The author is a writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family Homes in Australia.