The Associated Press recently reported on the "new feminine" approach to interior design, a style that plays off of traditional stereotypes associated with the word "feminine" to create a welcoming and attractive space.
According to this source, "new feminine" designs allow homeowners to combine traditional patterns and decor for softness with an edge, using contemporary colors to enliven a room. Shapes and curves can mix with the structure of modern home design to create a more unique look.
Shapes and curves can mix with the structure of modern home design to create a more unique look.
Here are three ideas to help you try and embrace this movement in your own home through new designs:
- Blend classic and contemporary: Enhance traditional feminine decor and colors with something surprising, edgy or unexpected. Examples include dark color accents for a room that features brighter colors. For custom curtains and drapes, floral patterns tempered with a darker element are an option, as unique colors or fabrics heighten the level of style on display.
- Add color to your windows: Homeowners can control the amount of light that comes into a space and still complement the dominant colors of a room at the same time with a custom made window shading. Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades are available in different colors, so homeowners can both diffuse light in a way that complements the room's decor and coordinates with the custom colors you've chosen for walls, rugs and furniture. Certain rooms can lend themselves naturally to this setup: an article from Houzz shows several "feminine" home offices that combine a sense of modernity with some traditional flashes in furniture decor. Window shades and draperies play a role in several of the photographs included.
- Use distressed furniture: One of the designers quoted in the AP article, Brian Patrick Flynn, gave the example of a dining room that a female client wanted to draw from older influences. "To pull it off, we covered the walls and windows with a soft shade of grey, added tailored drapery and then brought in almost all worn, weathered pieces," he said. "While there are definitely moments of femininity, the space is just as appealing to men as it is to women." Similarly, New York homeowners should look for custom drapery in Manhattan that fit into a room with a general distressed feel to it that crosses traditional boundaries and feels both bold and friendly. The texture of the fabric matters as much as the color and style.
Homeowners will likely have their own vision of what a "masculine" or "feminine" home should look like, and need to work with a design consultant to add a modern flair to whatever that is. Contact Metropolitan Window Fashions today and schedule a free consultation, and update some of the outdated elements you are still using.