(Closed) Need tips on how to make living room less feminine

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Slipcover the larger pieces in something more neutral and paint all the white furniture black. Both can easily be changed back at some later point in time if you subsequently have another space for it. (or move the all white pieces to a bedroom).

 

 

 

Bring in some plants and colorful pillows and a different area rug, and chnge that lampshade to a simpler style.

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our living room is built around a light greenish/khaki color (very gender neutral).  It’s hard to do an entire room that’s a compromise of you both.  So instead, I chose some items that are masculine and some items that are femine (within the same color palatte or finishes).  This way they are still cohesive together in the room.  For instance, I have a picture of a gorgeous oak next to a picture of an old boat (both in the same frames and muted tones).  If there is something you both like (i.e. the outdoors) you can build around that.

I like ItWasntMe‘s suggestion of darkening the wood tones and slip covering the furniture.  Easy, inexpensive ideas.  Also, a more neutral colored rug will help ground the room better.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Slip cover the furniture, get a rug that’s not pink and curtains that aren’t lacy. Anything that’s flowers or pastel…get rid of it or change it.

Then again, I don’t like feminine decor, so I’m more inclined to decorate way differently.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

What color is the floor in the new living room?  With a dark brick wall and no windows, something fairly light (like ivories, beiges, light grays on wood floors).  Maybe with a subtle tone on tone pattern?  Then you could pick bolder fabrics for your slipcovers and won’t clash with a rug.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You can keep the girly, but in small doses.  Rich wood tones for the furniture, with cream and tan upholstery.  I like green as a primary accent color, so you could do that for the main pillows.  Use that floral pattern for an accent pillow or two.  I’d change the boxes in the storage unit to varying shades of brown, green and cream, but keep the flowers/candles on top.  Use the girly stuff as pops of color, not as a primary design element.  That way it’s not ultra-girly everywhere, but it still has your touch in the room.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Go with more natural tones of blue, green, and khaki.  Get rid of or slipcover flowery furniture and pillows.  If you want flowers add a few vases of fresh (or nice fake) flowers; it’s less feminine.  Toss the pink rug and replace it with something that ties the other colors in the room together; it might be a good idea to pick out a rug first then pick coordinating paint, pillows and slipcovers.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely get rid of the rug, replace it with something more neutral.  Sorry that rug is what sticks out to me the most in that whole room, it makes me think it’s a baby girls room.  I love rugs with stripes or geometric patterns. 

If you can paint the white furniture darker I say go for it!  Slip cover the couch or other furniture until you can get a new one.  Then eventually just get something in a nice neutral with something interesting about it….no floral patterns.  If you want florals use it in smaller doses like on a pillow (but I’d do it in bold colors not pastels personally) or use a bright vase with actual florals (real or fake) or have them in some artwork.

I’m not really a fan of feminine decor so I tend to like neutrals, dark brown woods, with either blues, greens, or oranges.  I could get on board with some deep gorgeous purple, and I would much prefer that over that baby girl pink.  So you might try doing some darker things that are still feminine. 

I’d check out hgtv.com or other websites for inspiration.  You can actually still do pink and make it look nice…it’s all about balance.  I just googled these and they came up from hgtv.

Drapery

Charming Contemporary Living Room

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

@dayl20:  Look at the Surefit site, as they seem to have the market on store boght slipcovers. Ones with seperate zippered  seat covers are much better than the one piece ones that you tuck in. Many homestores have them in stock, but you can see what they carry online.

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