Here it is, the no nonsense guide to leaving your manly footstep in a usually feminine room.
The first thing you need to do before you buy all your bedroom furniture, is to figure out what you want to achieve with the space you have. In most cases it’s going to be sleep, so let’s start at the beginning.
What makes a space masculine?
Generally, there are 3 things you can do to your bedroom to give it a masculine feel: Pick the right styles, colours and furniture.
One of the coolest styles you can pick for your bedroom is Contemporary. Contemporary literally means the style that is current, which at the moment is defined by quite minimal furniture with lots of straight lines and square shapes. To really make your mark with this style, try adding elements of urban design to it such as concrete features or graffiti-style artwork.
To create a masculine feel in your bedroom you want to keep features to a minimum. A minimalist bedroom will look clutter free and almost clinical. You can add to this style by keeping your room symmetrical as it adds to the organised feeling of a minimal style.
The outdoors inside
It can also be a great idea to bring elements of the outdoors into your bedroom. Things such natural woods or stone worktops are a great way to do this, because nothing's more masculine than the great outdoors.
The overriding theme of a masculine bedroom is to not use bright colours and keep the room natural with darker colours. Darker colours are on-trend this summer and will complement a contemporary or minimal style perfectly.
Some of the best colours to choose from are dark blue, black, brown or any one of the 50 shades of grey (if you’re into that kind of thing).
First the mattress: The general consensus here is the more you spend, the more comfortable you’re going to be. For further advice, bounce over to our comprehensive [mattress buying guide] here, but to save you some time, the bigger the better, and if you value comfort a memory foam mattress is ideal.
Now, the bed frame: Remember that the headboard is the first thing people see when they enter your bedroom and a headboard can be a great way to define your personality. Following the advice of this guide, a dark coloured bed with a contemporary style would be ideal. Something like this for example:
Dark wood simply adds to the mood, with our London walnut double bed
Generally you want to keep accessories to a minimum in a masculine bedroom as they are unnecessary and clutter your life. The idea behind a masculine room is to keep things as functional as possible, so if you want accessories makes sure they have their uses.
One of the most interesting things to consider, and a great way to create a masculine feel to your room, is to add some tech to it. For example do you want clap lights, so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn the lights off? How about a cool thermostat? Or most importantly the TV, just how big do you need it to be? The answer (with plenty of footy to catch up on) is of course as big as possible.
You also need to consider the lighting in your bedroom. There’s technology solutions such as mood lights, which change the colour of the LED to match your mood. Or there's also the option of side mounted lamps, which are a great way to add a touch of masculinity to your room.
With storage, functionality is king. The practical way to handle this problem is to list everything you need to store, and buy the furniture accordingly.
A typical masculine storage option is the gents wardrobe. This offers great storage space in comparison to the floor space it uses up. Further to this, they look great. Here’s a great example:
The Rome Oak gents wardrobe. What a great little hangout!
You’ll also need a table, to house your huge television, and a bedside table to house your alarm clock (because you can’t be late for work again), but try to keep all of these furniture units in the same style that you based your bedroom on.
Finally you’ll need to some sturdy drawers to store the clothing that won’t fit in your wardrobe. Another great example of a contemporary, and masculine, set of drawers is the London Walnut & Black Gloss 2 over 3 drawer chest:
With black gloss fascias and no-nonsense handles, this chest of drawers is a really neat bit of kit for your bedroom
And there you have it, the no-nonsense masculine bedroom! Fancy giving your bathroom the masculine treatment too? Head over to our bachelor pad bathroom style guide for more great inspiration.