The Masculine Approach to Interiors

When decorating a home or room for a man, looking at men’s clothing trends is a good place to start. If you open up any men’s fashion magazine like GQ, you will find that tweeds, suit plaids, and checks are always the front runners in fabric choices that make a man’s wardrobe so chic.  Although many times this particular look is very simplistic in color and pattern, textures can be the highlight that makes this look so fantastic.

Although many interiors that are created for women are filled with color, a man’s interior should be somewhat more simplistic in color.  By focusing on shades and tones instead of color is one of the most common differences in creating a bachelor pad vs. a bachelorette’s pad.

First Step to creating a successful Male Interior is knowing which color scheme to choose…

The majority of the time when I speak with men about fashion or interior space, their preferences are usually dark colors for their interior space.  Black leather is one of the most common textiles for the man’s dwelling.   Using black leather leaves little to the imagination. Often you can incorporate this look with other more striking  patterns and designs to create a much more sophisticated look. There are many other colors which pair well with black including white, grey, navy blue, brown, and red.

When using darker colors for interiors, a major factor is to consider is how balance, tone, and weight refer to color.  Darker colors tend to throw off the balance of colors because they have such a heavy weight. When you use them with lighter colors, the contrast in the room must be balanced well so that it doesn’t draw attention to one area of the room and leave the other area left to be unseen.

This is an example of a well balanced Black and white room.  By incorporating awning strip pillows onto the white sofa it pulled the from the darker areas of the room and created a more balanced look with less contrast.  The pictures are also creating the same type of look.

This is an example of a well balanced black and white room. By incorporating awning strip pillows onto the white sofa it pulled the from the darker areas of the room and created a more balanced look with less contrast. The art is also creating the same type of look.


This is an example of a unbalanced interior space. Because the seating area is so dark and the accessories are so light, the room looks bottom heavy. Drawing attention away from the accessories and toward the seating area is unbalanced. A way to allow this to flow better is to incorporate something which brings both light and dark together, possibly a patterned accessory.

Second Step: Pulling accessories which represent your masculine achievements, hobbies, or interest.

Bragging Rights are always a way to get peoples attention and men are more prone to be competitive.   Whether  you are bragging about your own achievements or an achievement of someone close to you, you probably have collected items which have become an interest to you.  For many males  art, sports, and alcoholic beverages are areas which a man may be interested in.  If you are decorating for a man, you could choose items in these areas to represent their unique style.

Masculine Artwork

Masculine Artwork

Step 3: Masculine Patterns

When decorating an interior space which has a traditional purpose to it, you would commonly not have lots of  checks, plaids, and stripes together because they can detract from one another.  When decorating for a bachelor’s pad this is not the case.  Scale is a very important thing to consider, if the patterns are different scales (small, medium, and large) you will find that the patterns will start to work together in the room.  Often based off of the tailoring and style of a man’s suite it is a great look and can be very sophisticated!  Many men like to mix and match patterns together from their pin-stripe jackets, checkered button-up, and novelty inspired pocket square.

Bachelor Interior

Bachelor Interior

If you are looking to create a space which suits your bachelor pad standards, but still need a women’s touch, come visit the staff at Fabrics and Frames which has been inbusiness of 35 years and has ASID certified designers who have a great eye for design.

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Green Design…Is it in you?

We have started noticing a trend toward more and more ” green” design as we all become more concerned about our shrinking natural resources .  As a collective generation we are more aware of the carbon footprint that we may be stamping on our Earth.  There are a number of ways we can create new environments by using green design while still staying  trendy and current.  From art to interior design, green design is starting to emerge as a real possibility. Below is some information on a couple of artists who are making art green for the home while still making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Debra Broz

Debra Broz: Fanged Bunnies

Broz specializes in small antique “oddity” ceramics, which are a blend of various vintage animal inspired images representing the black humor and whimsical approach of genetic mutations.  Having a background in china & porcelain restoration allows Broz to recycle vintage ceramics and give them new life in a quirky humorous way.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Broz and her unique oddities and asked her “How did you first become interested in creating objects of this fashion?” She explained to me that while working in her past job as an understudy for an artist who was learning how to restore porcelain and ceramics, she was inspired to start creating her own versions of mutated animals.

Creating new animals using an additive process to a vintage piece enhances the chance of the animals finding a new home and life.  In my design and artistic opinion, Mrs. Broz is doing her part to help the environment by recycling vintage ceramics and making sure that we don’t have another chemically altered material lying in our landfills. Instead we have an artistic innovative approach of creating special pieces for us to fill that special niche in our home as well as bringing  smiles and warm fuzzies into our lives while viewing.

Debra Broz: Serpentine Geese

Brooke Gassiot

Close Material Shot of Brooke Gassiot Light Box Design. Featuring Recycled Prom Dresses and Embroidery to create Mirrored Light Box Design.

Another artist who is starting to make headway in the interior design world by recycling is the Austin local, Brooke Gassiot.   She is an established artist who specializes in installation works of art.    Her light boxes are miniature designs of her larger interactive works which intrigue the viewer into wanting to know more about the materials used and how they interact with the ambiance of the space.  Using textures that create interesting silhouettes when lit, these particular compositions have an amazing depth perception in the realm of art.  Currently finding many of the objects used from local thrift stores and found objects, she creates designs which are innovative from an interior design perspective because her art changes when looking at it at different times of the day depending on the light.

Each of her light boxes is created using a dimming light so that it allows the owner to have the option of changing the ambiance of the room.  This is a great way to keep energy down within the home and still be able to enjoy the space.

Brooke Gassiot: River
Commission Piece for Austin Interior Designer

So how is the  “green” design impacting the Interior Design World?

Just as many artists are starting to understand that “Going Green!” is the way of the future, we are also beginning to see that interior design fabrics are becoming more green by using Eco-friendly materials.  Two great companies which endorse their environmentally friendly fabrics are Kravet Fabrics and Robert Allen Fabrics.  Both have placed a section on their websites which direct their clients to fabrics using recycled materials.  Check out some of these fabrics which are environmentally friendly…

Kravet Green: Eco-Friendly Weaves

Kravet Green featuring Fabric number 29191

Robert Allen Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Robert Allen: Paint Spray/Cobalt


Robert Allen: Lindy Hop/ Mist

 To learn more about what makes Robert Allen’s Fabrics Eco- Friendly visit:

At Fabrics and Frames we endorse living “Green” even when building new furniture.  We carry lines like Kravet Green and Robert Allen Eco-Friendly to help our customers make the decision to begin converting to a sustainable lifestyle a little easier.  We can also reupholster and refurbish older pieces of furniture with eco-friendly fabrics so that they re-emerge into new pieces of furniture fit  for your current lifestyle. We believe our precious earth  deserves saving and we want to do our part. Please feel free to share with us any of your  own innovative ideas which might help your interior and lifestyle become more green so we can share with our readers. All of us can help preserve our environment for future generations in lots of small ways and we appreciate your input!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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