Masculine Interiors that She Will Like Too | Brown

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As an interior designer, there are so many colors and looks that I love. Maybe that’s why I am drawn to this type of work in the first place. I only have one living room, but over the years, I’ve helped dozens of people create their own unique spaces. Therefore, I get to do lots of different styles which is a lot of fun.

This week in honor of father’s day, I am going to feature masculine interiors.

What IS a masculine interior?

Masculine interiors are:

  • handsome
  • strong
  • brave
  • daring
  • comforting
  • warm
  • sophisticated [well, the good ones are]
  • often have strong architectural themes
  • often have furnishings with deep, rich wooden tones

Alright, a masculine room can be cold, but my favorite masculine rooms even if they are black and white have a strong element of warmth– somewhere. Today, however, the rooms and spaces will largely emphasize the color BROWN.

For brown walls, I favor the colors that are on the cooler side of brown.

Here are two great choices

Benjamin Moore HC-68 Middlebury Brown

Benjamin Moore HC-69 Whitall Brown

Here is a room that looks like Whitall Brown and they took the color and used it everywhere! I want to do a post about this because it proves that you do not have to paint a ceiling white if you use a dark color.

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The home of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch

I’ve had many a client tell me how much they hate brown. And yes, if brown is done wrong, it sucks.

Brown needs

  • white or cream or maybe another pale shade
  • more brown [and analogous tones]
  • bits of black
  • gold [or silver]
  • glass
  • mirrors
  • sometimes pops of color

What to avoid when decorating with brown.

  • really big brown furniture
  • big brown furniture with white or light walls. This will never look good
  • too much brown leather.
  • cheap looking furniture in brown looks even cheaper

Masculine interiors

can be traditional or modern. Rustic, casual or formal; old, new, decayed or pristine. Here, I’ve tried to put in something for everyone, but find that I’m always drawn to a brown room which has some aspect of age and patina.

As always, I do try to locate the original source, but sometimes, it’s just not possible.

 

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 Bunny Williams

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 Jan Showers

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Photography by  Mel Yates

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 Nicolas Buisson

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Stephen Sills

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 Jeannine Williams

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Alexa Hampton

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 Aman Canale Grande Hotel, Venice, Italy

Love the Chinoiserie painting juxtaposed with the Italian Terrazzo floor and masculine leather furnishings

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John Jacob

What a talented designer. Love his work!

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Bill’s Food and Drink Restaurant

 

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Restoration Hardware

not giving RH a link because I think that they are a rip off, but this is a nice photo. :]

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Aman Canale Grande Hotel

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Bunny Williams

Not sure what this room is? Mudroom, Entrance to a sauna, Pool house? Whatever, I love the tapestry and aged look of the space.

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Aman Canal Grand Hotel

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Axel Vervoordt

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 Tom Clinch Photography

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Stanley Dixon

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Aman Canal Grande Hotel

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 John Jacob

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 Nancy Braithwaite

 I hope that you enjoyed these masculine interiors, even if you’re not a “brown person.” Next post will feature masculine interiors with more black and white; very classic and crisp. I think there will also be some blue.

For more beautiful dark rooms, please check out these posts:

Happy Father’s Day!

 

xo,

laurel

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  • Bianca - February 19, 2015 - 1:07 AM

    Fabulous collection of interiorsReplyCancel

  • Tone on Tone Loi Thai - June 12, 2014 - 6:56 AM

    Those are all really handsome and sophisticated – even beautiful!! One day I’d like a brown library with rich paneling….an unexpected room amongst the Swedish lighter rooms. Thanks for all your research, ideas and inspirations!! Cheers, LoiReplyCancel