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Decorating for Both Women and Men
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By: Halle Ford Email Article
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Decorating a home can be a lot harder than you would thing simply because of all the different preferences of those living in the home – primarily opposite genders. It can be quite difficult to please both a husband and wife when it comes to decorating a home because trends either lean one way or the other. Finding a happy medium is the tough part. Here are a few ways to decorate a home and please multiple preferences without a home seeming to feminine or masculine.

Colors you can both agree on

The current color trend for homes is to go bold, but it can be difficult to go bold without the colors being too girly or manly. Before throwing in the towel and choosing a neutral, mild color like tan or even white, experiment with paint and fabric samples that work together. Balance out masculine blues with feminine yellows. Compromising is key, and believe it or not it can be done. If a bold yellow wall seems a little on the girly side, tone it down with throw pillows in colors more fit for a man. Let opposite colors work together to give a room character.

Creative ways to display collections

It is pretty common for men to have unique collections that women are hesitant to display. Sports trophies are not something women want on the mantle. Again, by compromising, both preferences can win. Display the collections in a beautiful armoire or cabinet to give life to both styles. According to My Home Ideas, collections should be displayed tastefully instead of cluttering up a home. Let certain collections be a theme of a room, for example, let a Yankees fan display his collection of memorabilia in the game room, and add taste by hanging vintage pictures of the players or other artwork to accentuate the collection in a classic way.

Materials to suit all preferences

Use materials that can lean in either direction when it comes to decor style. Wood is a great material to use for flooring, walls, shelving and furniture that can become masculine, feminine or both. Instead of using shiny silver hardware on cabinetry, get creative and use wine corks. They are inexpensive, gender neutral, and add character to the room. Instead of purchasing canisters, bowls or other products with frilly flowers on them, purchase items that can work in both directions.

Different styles of art

Artwork is one of the quickest ways homeowners can make a home too feminine or too masculine. While the picture of the wildflowers is beautiful, consider the masculine members of your family and choose artwork that is beautiful to both preferences. Maps are a big trend when it comes to artwork. Framing maps or paintings of maps are great ways to put together a home office without leaning in one direction or the other. Let your home represent all the members living in it by avoiding home décor that is too feminine or too masculine.

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