Last month we had the opportunity of guest blogging for Lexington Home Brands, a special company that we share many values with. Their passion lies in creating beautiful furnishings which not only serve as statement pieces, but have some pretty unique features if you ask us. If you can appreciate great design and never ending inspiration, you too will be a lover of Lexington’s creations.
In the blog post, I weighed in on what elements are necessary when curating masculine-driven spaces. Working with men has taught me well what makes them feel at home. And Lexington offers the elements to create perfect men’s spaces.
As most people, I’ve been surrounded by men in the workplace my entire career. Spending eight (sometimes up to 12) hours a day in Las Vegas’ greatest resorts, nightclubs and lounges gave me tremendous insight to a male behavior.
When I started my design business in 2012, I thought I was changing spheres; maybe my feminine aesthetic would come out. But male influence remained strong and at the core of my design aesthetic. Coincidentally, men dominate my client list, which dictates how I curate spaces.
First off, it’s important to look at where men place value. My clients consistently request superior quality, high-end finishes, classic color palettes, relatable scale, custom touches, functionality and a bit of technology. That sounds like a lot to ask for, and sometimes it can be. But when you know your product and audience well, the creative process can be a cakewalk.
My tried-and-true formula for designing for men follows five simple principles:
1. Compose a space rich with mature color schemes. Think sophisticated navy, aubergine, and graphite. Lexington’s Carrera Collection is a top pick; even the name evokes masculinity.
2. Use luxe materials (finishes and textiles) in the furnishings, wall coverings, and décor. This is where feminine qualities sneak in; after all we need to create some balance. Does mahogany, burl wood or weathered leather speak to you the way it does me?
3. Incorporate metallic elements. Subtle touches in hardware or strong influences make big statements. The Bel Aire Collection’s gold leaf detail is design perfection.
Curious to know the rest? Hop on over to Lexington and read our BLOG, while you’re there check out the collections in entirety. Thank you again Lexington for providing us a platform to share our love for design, also for producing such fine furnishings!