Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pattern Play and Male Opinions

Do the males in your life ever have opinions on decorating and design? Fathers, sons, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, whoever. I'm really curious. Silly me texted my husband the other day (sorry honey!) and asked him a general question (silly me again). I asked him what fabrics he would want to have in a room if he had his choice. No idea. He needed a some guidance and suggestions.

I even showed him the start of this board below and asked his opinion...I was just pairing things together with "guy" in mind. 

He liked what I expected he would like, the wide stripe and the textured blue/beige blend fabric. You just never know - every person is so different with their preferences and opinions, which is why some of the pairings are quite unexpected but that's what makes design fun.

Have you had many male clients? Do you have any male clients in your own home with strong opinions or are they give or take? I'd like to think that guys get a small say in design decisions when it comes to the home, but I'm pretty sure it would probably be 80/20, maybe even 90/10? What do you think? Can you tell this topic has been on my mind recently?

Sources (clockwise from top): Perennials swish-grotto, Duralee 71044-326, Classic Lines in blue-green by Robert Allen, green geometric by Kravet, Bella Porte in charcoal by Dwell Studio, yellow matelasse by Waverly, Perennials zig zag in chestnut, Perennials wide stripe

9 comments:

  1. My husband often claims that he doesn't care and tends to look at me quizzically when I start talking fabrics and pillows, etc. I do try to include him though, but I'm guessing it's about 80/20. He actually took Eamon out and purchased a vanity for our bathroom the other day when Neve and I were out, because we just haven't had time to go together, sans kiddos. He texted me something about "a light oakish color" after the purchase and I felt terribly because it is definitely not what I had wanted or would have chosen. He has so few opinions when it comes to this stuff though that I think I've got to work with it, no?!

    This is a great post, because it's so easy to get wrapped up in our own vision for our homes that it's easy to overlook the male vision, if there is one. As always, you chose great fabrics. I think my husband would have picked the same two.

    Have a great day, Holly.

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  2. Thankfully my husband has no opinion whatsoever! Yay! My son, on the other hand makes up for it and has an opinion about every. single. thing! I've asked for his fashion advice since he was five! :)

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  3. Once again, love your fabric choices. I have found when working with clients, the men care mostly about where the TV will go and how comfy the sofa will be. Go figure!

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  4. I do ask for opinions for the house for the living, dining family room areas. Male clients who have strong opinions do weigh in a lot. I have one who has strong opinions and cannot see color. Nowadays though, a lot more of them are open to new color ideas.

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  5. Chris has remarkably strong opinions, and we tend to disagree about those opinions :). So when I need to make a decision and need his opinion, I do the same thing you did here: I give him a few options that I'd be happy with, and then have him pick which he likes best. It works really well and leads to far fewer design disagreements!

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  6. I have had male clients, and my last one loved his blue! When we did the consultation he basically said I could recommend any colour I thought might work as long as it was blue!!! Dont' even get me started on the fabric discussion ;-)

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  7. Whenever I'm doing a design project where the guy actually cares- I always feel more like a marriage counselor than a designer. It definitely takes some finessing! My guy, God love him, lets me have free reign :)

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  8. Great fabrics. On one hand it's nice to try and make it a collaborative process for spaces you share, but my experience is that men tend to get caught up in the one detail they don't like and can't see how great it would be in the finished space. Seeing the forest for the trees is not their forte when it comes to helping with design!

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  9. Oh Holly, I could go on and on about this subject! My husband insists on making about 50% of the design decisions, and our tastes are soooo different! It gets really frustrating at times, but we've managed to make it work so far!

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