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Move over design divas - males are muscling in on interiors and creating remarkable temples of design. While they were when seen just as DIY-ers, who wouldn't be seen dead dithering over Elephant's Breath or Downpipe (paint shades, in case you're questioning), chaps are now exploring their taste, and becoming as fussy about their homes as they are their automobiles and clothing.

" Men have actually grown in confidence about expressing their personal style and understanding patterns. They're ending up being just as savvy about interiors, well-informed about furniture designers and specific about an appearance they wish to cope with," states Benjamin Hanley, who works at modern furniture experts, West Elm.

" We're seeing them buying into mid-century and commercial styles. These have quite manly, structural visual appeals, which provide big impact. We encourage them to pick a declaration furniture piece they like as a beginning point, and then construct around that, so their appearance can grow and emerge.


" A streamlined, advanced pared-back look, with a color palette at the darker end of the spectrum, is presently the most popular."




" A home has to be a sanctuary and for modern-day men, it's a place to display personal design. While the basic components were when leather, shag pile carpets and lava lamps, today's reality is about an elegant yet comfy space, makings the most of minimalism and displays gadgetry," says Anna Gillespie, guest editor at Anglian Home Improvements.

" My suggestions would be steer clear of a boring black and grey color scheme and select lighter neutral tones, such as cream and white, then add on-trend bursts of brilliant colors - racing automobile red or green, or perhaps emerald green and intense blue."

POINTER: Lighting can change mood and atmosphere. Two star options are a Linea Georgie Industrial Floor Lamp, presently decreased to 17.50 from 225, House of Fraser, or for a retro-feel, a Lichfield Camera Lamp, 139, Barker and Stonehouse.

WORK THE ROOM: Inject color by painting a wall, or even just the alcoves. There are some excellent, strong shades in the Colors range at B&Q: Pumpkin silk emulsion, 13.94 for 2.5 L, or Emerald Any Room One Coat silk emulsion, 19.84 for 2.5 L. Tone it down for serenity in a bedroom and use fashionable, easy-on-the-eye greys such, as Grey Slate silk emulsion, 13.94 for 2.5 L.

Andrew Martin's brilliant collection of unique wallpapers would make any wall a talking point: Luggage Wallpaper, 77.90 per 10m roll, appears like stacks of classic luggage’s, while Pin board Wallpaper, 67.90 per 10m roll, includes a montage of postcards and monochrome prints.




You're the one in charge in your home, so select a 'hot' seat which integrates innovative style with convenience.

" Seating's secret and a couch, typically the biggest piece in a living room, must agree with the overall decor plan," says Rebecca Snowden, interior design advisor at Furniture Choice.

" The industrial trend is especially male-friendly as it develops an air of relaxed informality and relies on color and texture in natural products, rather than picky detail. Pick chunky, leather sofas or a Chesterfield - a 'gentlemen's club' timeless.

" Other characteristic ingredients are exposed concrete floors or refined concrete walls, brickwork, ladder shelving and metal lighting fixtures. The advantage of this urban-luxe design is that new pieces can be added over time. Mismatching is fine and won't container, because the entire look needs to have a diverse feel."

POINTER: No bachelor pad's total without high-spec media kit and gadgets. Create an 'home entertainment center' with a contemporary Felino Wall TV Unit, in fango lacquer and walnut veneer with important spotlights, 2,489, Barker & Stonehouse. Smooth, discreet speakers are a cool option, and a Halo One Speaker, 159, with a touch-sensitive control board, is a beauty from In-Spaces. Accelerate the caffeine levels with a chrome Bugatti Diva Coffee Maker, from 549.95, John Lewis


WORK THE ROOM: If a black leather couch's still your default choice, West Elm's Brooklyn leather couch, in liquor ice, 2,199, is a good-looking monster. If that's beyond budget plan, Furniture Choice's chunky Beaumont bonded-leather three-seat sofa is a snip at 549 (readily available late June).

If you spend long sessions gaming, surfing or messaging, an ergonomically-designed chair could be an investment. A Stressless James aluminum and leather recliner chair and footstool is available for the introductory rate of 1,490 during June, from Wharfside. Take a spin in a Lucas Leather Swivel Base Chair, 999, West Elm.




Hassle and frills have no place in any self-respecting male's zone, however cool, desirable pieces do and they'll ramp up your design credentials.


" In the past, a male's concern for furniture and interior options was mainly functionality, but the finer points of design, visual appeals and craftsmanship are now related to equally essential," says Claire Hornby, imaginative and display manager at Barker & Stonehouse. "The genuinely design-savvy are confident sufficient to opt for strong choices - and enable them to star in a room; possibly a brilliantly colored couch or a distinctive reclaimed wooden table."


SUGGESTION: Don't overlook framed art - posters stuck on a wall just harks back to student days. Usually, their taste divides into dark and brooding images or strong, brilliant colors," says Luci Noel, of the Affordable Art Fair (www.affordableartfair.com/hampstead).

WORK THE ROOM: Storage must be wise, and Alexander & Pearl's Cole Grey Fabric Bar Chest Trunk, upholstered in grey felt, currently minimized from 375 to 355, certainly fits that requirements. By contrast, a Bleecker 2 Drawer Coffee Table, 499, Barker & Stonehouse, made from reclaimed wood, looks like a retro beer chest.

Introduce some va-va-voom with a Hubcap Design Antique Brass Round Wall Clock, 69, Barker and Stonehouse, and go 'wild' with a Rhino Head Wall Mount, 145, Sweetpea& Willow. Piles of cushions (especially on a bed) may not be for the macho, however a well-chosen few will soften a plain interior. Andrew Martin Beatles Cushion, 50, John Lewis, celebrates the Fab Four. Score a style goal with a Copper Subbuteo Bottle Opener, 15, Persora.


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