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How to Marry Masculine and Feminine Styles

Photo: Mark Lund

This is one marriage that might be more difficult than the actual “I do” itself. Here are a few ways to get styles that fit both of your genders without going too far in either direction.

Don’t lean too far either way

For couples, the most important thing is not to embrace one style over the other. For example, don’t outfit your entire home in wood paneling, dark paints and leather club chairs. But, on the flip side, not everyone loves an entire home done in toile wallpaper and romantic furnishings.

Look for pieces you agree on

Balance is the key here, as are neutral spots in the house that balance the male and female energies in the home. If one of you has a strong objection to a piece, there’s a reason for it. And if both of you like something, definitely go for it -- it’ll help contribute to a less gender-specific environment.

Focus on the bedroom

The bedroom is one area that often leans especially toward the feminine side. Compromise with a clean, luxurious style in white or another neutral, or pick a pattern with a slightly bold detail or a simple stitch.

Change the cheap stuff

Keep furniture neutral and experiment with accessories. Buying furniture upholstery is expensive, while repainting walls or getting a new throw pillow or slipcover is a lot cheaper.

Nestpert: Grayson Handy, co-owner and creative director of Prudence Designs and Events and author of new book Flowers for the Home: Inspirations from the World Over.

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