Creating a harmonious balance between gender-specific elements is essential when designing an inviting room for all. Follow these 6 expert tips for adding a feminine charm to a bachelor pad.
Traditionally, men are more inclined to purchase functional furniture that are practical and serve a purpose, while women opt for precious ornaments and collectables, cooler colours and airy fabrics.
Sarah Cichy, Founder of Sydney’s Homewares and Décor Public Relations agency, Piccolo PR, provides her top 6 tips on how to add feminine charm to a bachelor pad.
1. Throw it on
Add feminine glamour to the signature leather sofa with an oversized, playful throw. Kate and Kate’s Anka giant blanket has a fresh, sprightly colour palette with a bold design that will counteract the heaviness of the sofa and bring feminine charm to this otherwise blokey space.
2. Floral centre piece
For a modern-masculine flower arrangement, gather a combination of fresh foliage in a heavier ceramic or copper vase, and add touches of feminine finesse with black and white framed photographs.
3. Balancing act
For those who are looking to purchase furniture, select handsome pieces with a strong silhouette that hold a sense of masculine shape. These will help frame the room and create a lived-in look without being precious.
4. Colour is King....for the Queen
Pick a palette rich in neutrals. Anchor the room in shades of cream, off-white, gray and taupe and add your own sense of colour through artwork and rugs - don’t be shady shy! Paint provides the perfect opportunity to select brighter shades - strong pinks, punchy yellows and inky blues which empower, and won’t overpower the space. If only those walls could talk!
5. Be 'light-minded'
Exercise a ‘light-minded’ attitude when trying to change the entire theme of the home, and avoid over-styling or flooding the room with ‘matchy matchy’ items. Get ‘New Nordic’ by introducing an ‘on-trend’ item to a broader story! Mix gender neutral colours such as pine and copper with pastel, and watch ‘The Cave’ transform into a 'Neutral-Scandinavian-Cool.’
6. Lads - let there be light!
Candles are powerful in helping to set the tone of the home and dress a space. Avoid selecting with heavy floral scents and sickly sweet overtones. Opt for a heavier, deeper fragrance with a splash of pepper, spice or nutmeg. He’ll melt over Tiki by Island Trading Co Candles - it has a masculine woody blend that captures the essence of ‘The First Man’ mythology.