Making Metallics More Masculine

By Karen Sinclair Kerns

One of the most common challenges we see from our clients is the request for wanting to create an environment that is appealing to both men and women. The goal is to harmonize the warm feminine feel while not straying from a strong masculine taste. Metallic’s and wall coverings are usually not the first thing a man would think of when asking him his design requests but you would be amazed by what the right type of metallic’s combined with the perfect amount of deeply saturated colors can accomplish.

Take for instance this first example of how this masculine color scheme can take on an inviting feminine appeal when different elements are applied in the correct proportions and applications. The masculine pewter color with a metallic sheen and tufted treatment creates a harmonious gender natural feel. By also incorporating some bling on the pillows in addition to charcoal and navy accents a room has been created that is appealing to both a man and a woman.


In this dining room we see again how a masculine color scheme can be warmed with the use of metallics on the window treatments, black crystal chandelier and a monochromatic wall covering.  The luxurious feel associated with metallic’s can also be accomplished when using mirrored surfaces, crystal, and chrome nail heads.

This butler’s pantry / wine room takes on a masculine feel with the dark cabinetry but by adding the metallic finish to the ceiling coordinated with the chrome, crystal and white finishes in the light fixture,  creating  a very gender neutral room has been created.

Bathrooms and accent walls are great places to bring in metallic to add pop and sophistication to a space. When darker metallic colors are used it is very important to bring in the contrast of whites, crome finishes and mirrors.  By creating a balanced design like shown in these pictures a persons eye does not rest on one elelement but moves smoothly throughout the space leaving no feature unseen or shadowed.






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