How to mix masculine and feminine styles together

Sometimes I’m convinced that the world would just function so much better every day if we all lived in same-sex houses. Besides the fact that Brian and I only agree on like, two TV shows to watch, design-wise he is not impressed with my “throw pillows that hurt my face,” or he might think my “collection of miniature gold shoes is weird.” It’s just hard to design for both sexes. In general, guys want things less decorative, more functional, less pretty, more tech-y, less awesome, more “boy.”

I apologize for how gender stereotypical this post is about to be. You might start to argue that these stereotypes don’t exist for everyone and you are definitely right … BUT after doing 26 houses on the show and then 12 since, there were almost always the same requests from males and females, so the stereotypes became kinda undeniable. It’s like saying people from the South are more friendly or gay men have better style then straight — of course, not EVERYONE agrees but generally this is a truth we all know.

So in this video I show you some tips to mixing his and her styles together. Once again I apologize to all you same-sex couples out there that read this blog and have to deal with heterosexual gender stereotypes. Maybe one of you might have more masculine or feminine taste than your partner so hopefully there is still some info for you.

Video by Modshift for me.

Meanwhile, check out this post on Design Compromise for Couples that I wrote a while ago, with an additional six more tips.

Happy Friday, folks. We have a special post on Monday so make sure to come back. Have an awesome weekend. xx

  1. Yay!! I am so glad to know that I’m already doing most of those things– of course, I’m not super girly to begin with… my ideas of “feminine colors” are chartreuse and tangerine! But I have a husband who also loves awesome streamlined mid-century furniture, and the color orange!

  2. Kimberly

    Excellent post! You provide the best information on design and how to achieve it. I learn so much from your blog everyday!

  3. Donald

    you too boo.

  4. A very helpful video. Thanks. My rooms all look like that room does before you add the accessories. You breezed through the styling this time, but I would love to see how you make your choices layer by layer.

  5. jo

    way easier to put feminine accessories on a masculine piece than the other way around. Brilliant!

  6. Wanda

    Just realized all my stuff is masculine! UGH! I think this is why I was feeling my place it just not done.

  7. Are you not doing the show anymore? Am I way behind? I’ve been waiting for it to come back for a year now!

  8. Mary

    Great post! This has always been an issue for my hubby and I. He’s always like where I am I represented in this? And actually a lot of our furniture is from his original bachelor pad. I swear if he could he would live in log cabin lol.

  9. Tonya R

    Great video. Speaking of your show, I’m really hoping we’re going to get some more it soon. Miss seeing you on tv. The place looks gorgeous.

  10. madelineee

    this is magnificent. emily is just too much. love it all. buying our first house this summer…so hopefully i can incorporate this.

  11. Meredith

    That was a super cute video, and something that I struggle with a lot my husband is happy to sit in his mess of tangled cords and he complains when I hang art in the room.

    Any ideas for disguising all that ugly tech stuff? Or hiding (unused) exercise equipment?

    I second the request for styling tips.

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