I can’t quite figure out why dark interiors are associated with masculinity. So many designers, when creating bachelor pads, “man caves”, or studies cloak the room in dark colours and supple leathers because of this automatic association of darkness with men. I can understand why you’d paint a baby boy’s room blue, of course, so sure navy comes under the ‘male’ category, but why do men also have the monopoly on charcoals, dark greys, and forest greens? I love to see a family room, a bedroom, or even a kitchen outfitted floor to ceiling in the darkest shades.
These two rooms are very monochrome, with even the furniture in dark shades. It’s certainly a bold statement, but definitely one that’s hard to carry off and maybe not so good for every day use. Have a little apartment in Manhattan where you meet your lover on your lunch hour à la Don Draper? Go crazy and do the whole thing, furniture and all, in navy or black. But for your regular house, I’d suggest incorporating white fabrics and upholstery with neutral woodwork to keep it from looking too Beetlejuice.
Actually that chair is very Beetlejuice via Robin Thicke
I like this look a lot, but you could go even bolder. Throw a dark rug down on the floor.
Black on black KellyWearstler trellis wallpaper? Pure. Genius.
My sister’s office (now a nursery!!)
There’s also something incredibly relaxing about a black bedroom, like a nice dark cave. It certainly makes sense to make the room you sleep in as dark as possible.
Dat black on black!
I’m also, for some reason, bananas over black bathrooms. Maybe because it’s so unexpected. These two pictures show how this darkest of dark colours can be used in an itty bitty powder room or even your main family bathroom.
It’s really easy to add white fabrics and drapery or natural woods to soften this look, but if you want to be daring (and avoid the head to toe Goth room look), throw some gold or brass accessories in there!
So there you have it, dark “masculine” rooms are not just for the Nate Berkuses of this world, we can all use a little moody black in our glorious, sunshine filled lives!