03 Aug Masculine vs. Feminine Bedroom Designs
Let’s talk about men and women. Remember the good old days, when you were younger and you were arguing with your siblings over who the bedroom belongs to, only to be told that you had to share the bedroom? Well now that you’re all grown up and you live by yourself, with a bedroom of your own, how are you going to decorate it to make it suit your tastes? There are many ways to decorate a bedroom, and one of those ways is to follow classically masculine or feminine designs.
A simple google search will show you the many interior designers out there giving insights into not only purely masculine or feminine bedroom designs, but also how they could blend in with each other and give a feeling of balance! In this article, however, we’re going to be talking about none of that. We will instead be focusing on the two individual aspects separately. Men and Women; to each their own!
Which bedroom provides the more masculine or feminine atmosphere?
First off, let’s talk colors! Colors are a prominent and loud detail that gives a deep impression when a person first walks into a bedroom. It is a feature that is very impactful when it comes to designing and can portray a distinct vibe to a person at a glance. Despite it being a very stereotypical view, it is greatly proven time and time again that male bedrooms tend to be a darker shade of color while female bedrooms lean towards lighter tints. To give you a quick understanding, shades are basically any color with black added into it and tints are any color with white added into it. Research has shown that men are proven to be more tolerant towards achromatic colors—such as black, white and shades of grey, while females are proven to be more tolerant to the opposite.
Male bedroom designs have the tendency to revolve around the colors brown, grey and black with the occasional white. Female bedroom designs, however, have a tendency to brighter colors assimilating greens, blues, reds, yellows, and more the stereotypical pink and white. However this is not the be all end all, and we understand that most of these things are up to personal preference. Colors are a rather subjective matter and each individual has their own preference regarding colors.
Bedroom designs which utilize different textures to emphasize masculinity and femininity.
Besides colors, textures are another feature that is definitive to atmosphere, being one of the primary determinants to whether a living space is predominantly masculine or feminine. Now, texture doesn’t limit us to only the material of our bedding, it encompass everything within the room from floor to ceiling. If you were to go around googling for masculine bedroom designs, in 9 out of 10 searches, you will find a bedroom design that exhibits a heavy industrial feel to the bedroom, utilizing materials such as cement, wood and leather. These 3 materials are predominantly masculine in aesthetic essence, though there are exceptions. These usually manifest as exposed cement walls, wooden furniture or bed frames and leather sofas accompanied side cushions, or sometimes even as leather bed frames.
When it comes to feminine textures, the common go-to’s are porcelain, marble and wool. Porcelain and marble gives off a sense of elegance that is difficult to replicate. These textures usually come in the form of tables or lampshades. Wool items would often be expressed in the form of blankets and carpets. One other commonly found texture in feminine bedrooms, whether in the form of bedding or curtains, is silk.
DIY furniture and makeup dressers each accentuate their respective masculine and feminine bedrooms.
Picking the right furniture for your bedroom might not be an easy task. What you decide to place in your room often reflects your personality. The type of furniture does not express whether the aesthetic spirit is masculine or feminine. Instead, it’s how that furniture is made. Let’s say you decide to place a bench at the foot of your bed. Now, the bench as a piece of furniture does not naturally make a bedroom lean towards being feminine or masculine. How the bench looks is the real deciding factor; whether its made of leather with steel legs or a simple white bench with fluffy fur cushions.
Masculine bedroom designs and feminine bedroom designs are often determined by the smallest things that are placed within the room. Despite most furniture being unisexual and fitting for both masculine and feminine aesthetics, there are selections of furniture that tends to one gender or the other. Features such as a brick fireplace, a classical taxidermied deer head complete with antlers, or even an old vintage suitcase – these without a doubt ooze masculinity. On the other hand, dainty nightstands and vanity tables are certainly more geared towards female bedrooms.
Lighting does not only serve to illuminate a room to allow you to see where you’re going. Through clever usage of lighting, it can also help enhance certain features already within the bedroom to help bring forth a sense of femininity or masculinity. There are many options to choose from when it comes to lighting, whether it be natural lighting, style lighting or functional lighting. Natural lighting is often the softest lighting available. Utilizing large windows to allow more natural light to enter the room creates a calming and relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom. Style lighting, as the name implies, caters to the aesthetics rather the purpose. This is more prominent in classically feminine bedrooms. Chandeliers and wall mounted lamps are also considered classically feminine. Besides lighting up a room, these accessories also serve to accentuate wall textures or pieces of art. Functional lighting or task lighting is used where the lighting provides the necessary illumination for a daily task, and can fit the bill for either masculine or feminine aesthetics.
There are many more ways that the aspects of a bedroom can determine the masculinity or femininity of it. As much as there are dividing differences, these days, there are also more and more similarities as males and females learn to appreciate the classical aesthetics of the other gender. Besides gender influence on interior design, culture can also have major influence on how a bedroom, or indeed any room, looks! Check out our article on the Cultural Influence on Bedroom Designs to find out more!