Help! B&W Home Office accent color that ISN'T girly!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Maybe a rich blue? A cross between something royal and navy.

Alternately what about purple? Or oxblood..


Post # 3
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

How about red?  I’ve seen a B&W Kate Spade with a really lovely red lining that I loved.  I also think that gold would compliment it well…

Post # 4
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


Love, love, love these black and white photos with a pop of color


I'm not usually a green color pop girl, but I kinda love this emerald color in the middle of the black and white living room.

Two colors used together could stop that immediate association with Christmas, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s Day etc

Love this look, but I think I would go with a very dark navy instead of black on that accent wall.

Post # 5
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think a jade green (somewhere between shamrock and mint) would look awesome. 

Post # 7
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Our office is decorated in black, blue, green, and yellow- and my husband likes it. I don’t think it’s so much about color than decor regarding avoiding being too “girly”. I used an abstract painting, modern figurines, and clean lines as inspirations when decorating our office. 

Post # 8
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Maybe a cobalt?

Cobalt and black. #serenaandlily

Post # 9
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Ours is gray, white, and mint, and it works for both of us.  Mint/Aqua would work with black and white also without identifying m/f one way or the other.  

Post # 10
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Cobalt, red, burgundy, or purple would be my choices.

ETA: Our office is currently in shades of red, black, and silver. We will be painting the walls a silver gray soon. It’s more manly than if it was just my room, especially since we are putting all my husband’s sports memorobelia in there, but it works for us to share it.

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Post # 12
6431 posts
Bee Keeper

whitemochi622:  Haha wow that copper (which is basically looks like rose gold, i.e. PINK!!!) with emerald/mint/sage looks VERY girly to me. But hey, your DH is fine with it, so good for you! 

Post # 14
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s not necessarily the color itself that’s going to make it “girly” if it’s an accent, but also the style of whatever you get. Having said that, why not look to men’s fashion for inspiration and go with designs and fabrics you find there, like pinstripe, tweed, wool, and/or plaid? 

I think a Burberry-type beige plaid would look great with the colors you’ve chosen. You could do something like a fabric-covered bulletin board, a pillow (if you have a couch or need them for support), a blanket (I have to have one in my office!), or curtains/curtain tie-backs. 


ETA–oops! Sorry! I ddin’t realize that you had already chosen. But your colors look awesome!

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