We're here to talk about an area where it gets real, where all the vague discomforts might come spilling out over a curtain rod, or an ottoman, or a shade of paint.
That's right: decorating a space two (or more) people live in together.
When Tobi Fairley took on the Hamptons Designer Showhouse a couple years back, specifying Hudson Valley Lighting fixtures, she set out to create a bedroom that was at once grand and intimate, as well as balancing masculine and feminine styles.
She discusses her choices in these two brief video segments. One of the first things to establish is a color palette that’s both pleasing and makes concessions to both parties.
In this post, we’re going to eschew assumptions in the hope not to offend or—even worse, that default setting of today's internet user—outrage.
As colorful and personality-stamped as the above room is, gender-neutral can swing the other way.Here’s another example of how to achieve a gender-neutral balanced space that doesn’t wimp out or skimp on the drama and the glamour. Now, a kind of masculine-feminine balance is achieved.Complement the faceted chandelier with a similarly faceted side-table, then top it with a vase of fresh flowers.The result is a space showcasing sophistication, that feels both contemporary and gender-balanced.The above-described room would be an example of balance, but not every room should be like this. Compromise is a good thing; feeling compromised isn’t.A brief note: we tend to assume most of you reading this are women.