How to Add Menswear Touches to a Space
Bring tailored accents to your interiors with decorative elements inspired by men's fashion.
Keeps on Ticking
Vintage ticking stripe is evocative of summery men’s dress shorts or collared shirts. Bring casual-chic coolness to a bedroom with vintage ticking stripe bedding. In addition to its masculine appearance, cotton ticking is lightweight and comfy. Popular color combinations for vintage ticking include black and white, red and white, as well as brown and beige. To keep a bedroom’s aesthetic light and airy, stick with blue and white, or white paired with soft grays.
Mix It Up
Create a look unlike any other by mixing menswear prints from different eras. While the 1970s offered some of the most original men’s fashions in history, many of the decade’s looks can come across as over-the-top or even costume-like. Try mixing clean, modern geometric designs of the 1970s with classic preppy styles such as plaid or tartan.
When it comes to fashion, pinstripe, fedoras and plaid scarves are considered menswear icons. In the world of interiors, taxidermy symbolizes classic masculinity. Get playful by combining the two, creating a humorous conversation piece that works well in any room.
Go With Gingham
Gingham is a summer classic that is just as popular in men’s fashion as it is in women’s. Put a gender-neutral spin on gingham by choosing a feminine color such as pink or coral accented with tailored upholstery and chrome nail heads. The combination will create a menswear-inspired look that’s female-friendly.
Wool Wears Well
Wool is one of the most popular fabrics used in men’s designer winter collections. While it’s ideal for durability and holding warmth, it can be uncomfortable during the summer months when used on upholstery. Add touches of wool upholstery on accent pieces such as occasional chairs or stools. This chair is upholstered in tartan wool adorned with nickel nail heads. When in use, it’s warm and cozy; when not in use, the chair makes a pattern-packed decorative statement.
Get clever with men’s accessories: add unexpected touches with neckties used as curtain tiebacks. To achieve a balanced look, combine solid drapes with patterned neck ties or vice-versa. If you’re looking to go bold with a layered look, be certain to vary the scale between the necktie and the curtains.
Make It All-American
Make your man-space all-American with a red, white and blue color scheme. To do this in a fashion-inspired manner, mix large-scale geometrics with plaids and tartans.
Plaids & Stripes
The key to mixing prints successfully is to vary the scale and shape of the patterns. Two menswear patterns that mix well are plaids and stripes. Combine the two styles but stick with the same color palette while also ensuring the width of the stripes is different from the width of the plaids.
Woven geometrics are an excellent way to combine traditional and modern menswear elements. While many geometric patterns are printed directly to fabric, others are painstakingly hand-woven by artisans -- and come with higher costs. The cushions of these dining chairs were covered in a tri-colored cotton. Since the only portion of the chair requiring upholstery is the seat, less yardage was required, keeping the costs low.
Pinstripe & Check
Of all menswear fabrics, pinstripe is the most sleek and refined, and it also mixes well with other prints. Here, a wingback chair was updated with navy blue and silver pinstripe then accented with a large-scale check pillow made of linen.
Tweed is a popular menswear fabric used for suits and pants. To put an updated traditional spin on this contemporary dining chair, tweed woven from different shades of blue and gray thread was used for its upholstery.
Tailored Drapery Pleats
Just like men’s suits, the key to a sleek, stylish men’s space is all about tailoring. For a tailored look, when covering windows, consider a style of drapery pleat referred to as tailored or top pinch. This style features a clean, precise pinch along the very top of each drapery panel, which helps create a perfect fold all the way down to the hemmed break.