Decorating: for men
Don’t let fancy words like “sconce,” “décorating,” and “drape” fool you.
Sprucing up your home may be even as manly as ESPN highlights or dark brew. Watch how one American man turned his 1920s-style cottage into a classy but masculine retreat.
A simple design like wealthy, wood tones and an explicit Mister-Fix-It approach to decorating enabled Martyr Krauth to mix his love for the outside and the one for his precious family heritage during this Chattanooga, Tennessee, home.
Even if fabrics are essential in every room, don’t let yourself get scared by the fabric stores. Be creative, instead. For an example, you could go with 1940s Italian military blanket pillows rather than just choosing a frill-free, neutral cotton for your home-made porch swing.
If you still have those old college posters, get rid of them and choose some inexpensive piece of art like an enlarged, old envelope. The envelope is actually Mr. Krauth’s favorite thing, having one framed in the dining room. He founded hidden away in his grandfather’s dresser and gave it an originally, very beautiful decorating role.
Something that can give your home an outdoorsy-masculine atmosphere are plenty warm wood tones, but be careful not to exaggerate with them. Include some painted wood furniture or maybe a few light-colored kinds of wood in the room, in order to keep some sort of balance. Martyr Krauth said that because he had so much dark oak with his sideboard and table, he really desired a modern contrast. The solution he found was to commercially spray the chairs in a driftwood light color.
A painting or a photograph does not necessary qualify as framed art. Mr. Krauth really appreciated the way that the graphic blueprint from his great uncle’s home (Louisville, Kentucky) was colored and he even paired it with a 1700s family military portrait in order to obtain a mix of traditional and technical styles.
You can and you should use your home as a form to express yourself. If you’re a collector who loves baseballs, vintage records or even metal figurines, gather and display them in a tasteful way.
An interesting container for an arrangement of, let’s say, moss and a potted orchid is, for an example, a Victorian aquarium but, if flowers aren’t really your thing, you could go with cacti, which is a low maintenance plant but with a bite.
If you want to tie in your hobbies, mount an animal or a prize-winning fish in the dining or living room, but be careful to use them sparingly. A pair of antlers or a fish here and there is just fine but add too many and your room resembles a taxidermist’s shop.
Man are known, and it is a part of their genetic makeup, to be handy, so use that when your decorating. Mister Krauth used unexpected and inexpensive wine corks to serve as knobs for the kitchen cabinets. He also filled his antique cabinet with family mementos. He rearranged the books and pushed them backward, layering the front space with some objects like a pocket watch, a sterling silver souvenir.