As men, our interest in interior design usually extends as far as a lazy boy chair, coffee table (for snacks and beer) and a stand for the television. That’s it. Us men aren’t interested in the hassle of choosing paint colours, tiles and kitchen finishes.
What if we thought about the opportunities being interested in the design process brings?
We all love the idea of being a gentleman. Who doesn’t want to be James Bond or Harvey Specter? Who hasn’t looked at Harvey’s apartment and thought, I could see myself living in a place like that.
Being a gentleman comes with impeccable taste. Design for a gentleman has to account for that taste, and taste determines the style of your design. It is a direct representation of a man’s personality and lifestyle.
Is he a bachelor business man, always on the move with a lock-up-and-go lifestyle, and a sleek and simple apartment to boot? Or, is he a family man with a well nested and established homestead?
Being actively involved in the design process gives you the opportunity to have your gentleman’s loft, your industrial apartment or, at the very least, your man cave or bar.
Just like shopping for clothes we want to be in and out with no fuss and with the exact colour, size and fit we want. The same goes for design, and when you choose a design style it dictates the remainder of the decisions going forward. No fuss and almost as easy as picking out a pair of jeans.
Here are examples of five design styles perfect for the Modern Gentleman.
Industrial Design Style:
Maracanã House in Sao Paulo
Usually reserved for converting old spaces, factories, workshops etc. into apartments and living spaces. This style can also be employed in converting traditional flats or homes too. It has an emphasis on reclaiming and reusing (up-cycling) existing items for use in a modern and contemporary setting.
Traditional Design Style:
Timber Paneling by Carla Aston
A style common to classic Europe but popularised by American colonial design. It has an emphasis on ornate furniture, timber paneling and pressed ceilings.
Minimalist Design Style:
T House by Takane Ezoe
Popular to the 20th century, a style so clean and stark that its existence can go unnoticed. Characterised by clean lines, white walls and uncluttered spaces.
Rustic Design Style:
Pennsylvania home by Alloy 5 Architecture
Characterised by exposed and worn textures and features, but unlike the Industrial style, Rustic is warmer and not as harsh.
Eclectic Design Style:
House in Borovliany by NORDES
Characterised by no particular characteristics and defined by no particular century or period, a style that truly reflects the personalities, eccentricities and eclecticism of the occupants and their designer.
In the up coming weeks I will define each style, break them down and help you choose the style that fits you, your personality and your lifestyle. Your unique brand of gentleman.
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