Post # 1
We’re decorating our home office and I want a modern black and white look with some touches of gold–think Kate Spade! I want an accent color, though, and I’m having a hard time coming up with something that isn’t too girly. I’d love blush, coral or even mint, but my husband (who shares the office with me) thinks those colors are too feminine. Maybe something bolder? But I’m stuck. Emerald–might look like St. Patrick’s day if there is too much green and gold going on. Orange–looks too Halloweeny with the black and white. Yellow–bumblebee? (and we have yellow and gray in the kitchen so I don’t want to repeat to much with the yellow).
Help me come up with something modern and trendy that is kinda glam but not girly!
Post # 2
Maybe a rich blue? A cross between something royal and navy.
Alternately what about purple? Or oxblood..
Post # 3
- 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
Two colors used together could stop that immediate association with Christmas, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s Day etc
Post # 5
I think a jade green (somewhere between shamrock and mint) would look awesome.
Post # 6
julies1949: Okay, I’m really liking that inspiration with the black and white and green. 🙂 I think if the green is just a few pops, it won’t seem too much like St. Patrick! Maybe a couple different shades of green together (something lighter!)
Justbrynne: Ooh, I like the jade green… stuff to think about! Thank you!
Post # 7
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 # 9
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
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.
Post # 11
Just wanted to update with the color scheme we decided to go with. I admit, my pinboard of accessories is still pretty girly, but DH has APPROVED! julies1949‘s suggestion to go with multiple shades of a color (we’re going to use emerald and mint/sage) was awesome. And instead of gold we are doing COPPER and wood tones. I’m pretty excited!
Post # 12
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 # 13
TheGridMonster: I knowwwww haha! The pictures online definitely make the copper look bright and rosey in the light. I think what we’ll get in real life might look a little more industrial. We have a base of black (there’s a guest bed in there with a black comforter) and a white desk so I hope it’ll balance out.
Post # 14
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!
Post # 15
BothCoasts: Awesome suggestions. We definitely could use a throw on the guest bed (it’s both a guest room and office–we have a small house!) and I’m still thinking of curtains. I like the ideas of a fabric bulletin board too!