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How to Achieve a Tailored Bedroom with a Masculine Feel

How to Achieve a Tailored Bedroom with a Masculine Feel

Clockwise: Interior design by Evolve Residential; Alice Black; J. Wheeler Designs; Kristine Mullaney

No longer does the bachelor stereotype stand. At least in terms of design. Chrome and glass coffee tables, puffy leather sofas and unsightly entertainment centers have been banished in place of rich woods, custom built-ins, and luxury bedding. Designers are creating tailored rooms layered with texture, from tone-on-tone woven wools to sisals and linens, sprinkled with antiques and few well-placed accessories, for men who like to live well, regardless of their relationship status. Our “He’s the Man” Pinterest board is replete with masculine style rooms, from the luxuriously layered to more spare, contemporary styles.

Bedrooms are being paid particular attention. Designers (and men with enough design savvy to do it on their own) favor upholstered headboards and beds made with high thread count sheets and cashmere throws. Some Matouk favorites include our “Allegro” and “Bel Tempo” sheets, shams, and duvets, with appliquéd and embroidered borders in neutral tones, as well as the nautical rope design of our “Admiral” duvet for more casual or seaside locales, accessorized with our double-knitted Greek key patterned “Arcadia” throw.

We talked with a number of designers around the country to find out how to achieve a tailored bedroom with a masculine feel.

Photo by Joshua McHugh via Architectural Digest

Designer David Jimenez recently relocated to San Francisco, where he is senior vice president of visual merchandising and store experience for Williams-Sonoma and Williams-Sonoma Home stores. Before he left, his Kansas City home (above) was featured in Architectural Digest. Jimenez says, "I like creating rooms that wrap you in warmth and have a masculine aesthetic. For my bedroom, I was drawn to a moody, gray-toned color palette. That—combined with photography, objects, and paintings that touch my soul—gives the room a layered, highly personal, collected feel.” For the finishing touch, he says, “High thread-count sheets in classic black-and-white stripes and a featherbed topper for my mattress make climbing into bed a treat after a long day. "

Rustic White Photography

Atlanta-based interior designer James Wheeler used a blue, gray, and black color palette, fabrics in geometric patterns, and furniture with clean edges to create a masculine aesthetic in this space. He adds, “Textured pieces, like the headboard and bench, were softened with plush fabrics and silk drapery, creating a distinctly masculine, yet sumptuous feel."

Photo by Sean Litchfield

Designers Tom Egan and Josh E. Linder of Evolve Residential, whose studio and new home furnishings boutique are located in Boston’s South End neighborhood, love t play with suiting-inspired fabrics for a masculine bedrooms. The look is showcased in Linder’s former bedroom with a gray pinstriped duvet cover, gray twill fabric covered walls, and necktie inspired fabric throw pillows. The tufted headboard has just a hint of pattern and the thick drapery is simple, tailored wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. The linear step crown molding is detailed in a crisp, midnight blue and a Mad Men-inspired, mid-century style chandelier adds a playful touch above. Finally, they say, “A dark Biedermeier chest of drawers is a must for every gentleman!”

Melanie Johnson Photography 

Abbe Fenimore, the designer behind Dallas-based firm Studio Ten 25 used a rich red and brown color palette to give this bedroom a distinctly masculine appeal. She adds, “The striped wall and custom headboard provide a striking and bold look, and the tone on tone bed is softened with fur pillows to add an element of comfort and luxury."

Photo by Kathryn MacDonald

San Francisco-based interior designer Grant K. Gibson decided on crisp and simple bedding with an all white scheme. He says, “This keeps the space from being fussy with too much detail.” Black accents ground the all white bedding tableau. Finally, the bedside table, lamp, and pale, delicate design elements on the Asian screen add a little interest, helping the eye circulate around the bed.

Photo by D. Gilbert 

Los Angles designers David John Dick and Krista Schrock of DISC Interiors tend towards “rich, textured, and earthy palettes” to create a “dramatic and luxurious” effect I the bedroom. In the above bedroom, a tall, upholstered headboard makes a bold statement and also offers comfort. As for the drapery, they tell us, “We sourced fabrics in the same shade of black as the walls, and installed them almost to the ceiling, to add a sense of height, and to reinforce the traditional architecture.” Finally, unexpected textures and materials, such as brass, velvets, jute, stone, wood, and vintage fabrics add vital personality.

Photo by Michael J. Lee

Boston area interior designer Kristine Mullaney favors sophisticated styles, rich textiles, and Old World antiques, even if designing for a bachelor. Mullaney says, “Simple, but luxe linens are a must in a masculine bedroom, as are draperies.” For men, she tends towards neutral solids, but for those more daring, she says, “I might steer them towards a more stylistic pattern.”

Photo by Emily Gilbert

When it comes to creating a room with a masculine vibe, Alice Black, who works out of Redding, Connecticut, focuses on textures, such as suede, cable knits, and high thread count sheets. She asserts, “Boys and men care how things feel much more than how they look.” She designed this bedroom for a teenage boy who grew up with a nautical-themed bedroom. She says, “I wanted his room to reflect his transition to a teenager with a room that is hip, tailored, and sporty, but not styled with a theme.” The parents have a beautiful art collection that Black was able to pull from for their son. There’s a Lichtenstein in the corner and a Berenice Abbott over the bed. Black painted the back of the bookshelf the same shade of blue found in the pop art lithograph. Overall, she says, “This room has the feel of a sporty car, but without any clichéd references.”