So I happen to be married to a guy who really has no opinion when it comes to decorating our space. Often times weeks will go by before he’s noticed a sometimes major change I’ve made. The problem is, if I’m not careful, I could turn this whole house into girl land! This is especially true in our bedroom. That’s why I’ve been intentional about creating a more masculine look above and atop his dresser. On the wall, a technical drawing of hands is surrounded by a mix of some favorite pieces including a screenshot from a Woody Allen movie, a Wilco album cover, and a coat of arms plate from Brussels.
A leather box with a gold mallard embellishment serves nicely as storage for cuff-links, watches, receipts, and all that other stuff that seems to just endlessly pile up. The manly-looking box allows for it all to be hidden.
The monogrammed ceramic plate is perfect for change. Small photographs in silver frames add a personal touch without overtaking the entire surface.
In the corner is the ever-changing stack of current reads, a practical place to store them that also adds to the decorative aesthetic of the dresser top.
Here are some ways to add a touch of tailored masculinity to any space:
- Anything with mallards, coats-of-arms, crests, tartan, etc. on it will immediately add a masculine touch. But, don’t go overboard! One to two things like this is all that’s needed.
- If your furnishings are clunky or more traditional, pair it with a modern task lamp. The no-frills, functionality of the lamp gives off a “this is for the purpose of providing light, and nothing more” feel that your guy is bound to appreciate.
- Use his stuff to decorate. Books, cds, hats, collections of any kind. All will work if organized in neatly appointed groupings.
- Small framed family photographs add a personal touch. Emphasis on the word small; for some reason, larger frames are usually embellished and can feel like they belong in a teenage girl’s room!