Mens rooms

GONE are the days when a man wouldn’t be seen dead flip­ping through a colour chart. These days, men aren’t afraid to take on the girls at the home game, and are con­fi­dent enough to rus­tle through glossy style mag­a­zines and come up with their own hip rooms

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Homes & Interiors -

“MORE and more mod­ern Bri­tish men see their homes are an ex­ten­sion of their per­sonal fashion style,” says Ni­cole Van­der­bilt for my­deco.com, which has re­cently re­searched men’s in­te­rior tastes.

“They’re more likely than women to get in­spi­ra­tion from celebrity homes and cer­tainly aren’t afraid to ex­per­i­ment and break away from the stereo­type look of tra­di­tional bach­e­lor pads with dull, min­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors and grungy shades.”

The home­ware site’s re­search has even re­vealed a new type of male home-owner, a ‘SNAG’ (Sen­si­tive New Age Guy), who’s pre­pared to dab­ble with pas­tel shades and chat over decor trends with his mates.

“I’m not aware of that par­tic­u­lar trend,” re­marks lead­ing de­signer, Kelly Hop­pen drily.

“But there’s no doubt men are much more in touch with their fem­i­nine side and no longer want that hard, dark ma­cho look that was so fash­ion­able ten years ago.”

In gen­eral, she says, male taste leans to­wards airy, open-plan din­ing and liv­ing spa­ces, with walls in neu­tral shades rang­ing from off-white through to sludgy tau­pes com­ple­mented by dark wood floors.

Their fur­ni­ture pref­er­ence, she says, is for sleek, glossy lac­quered fur­ni­ture, and they echo their choice in suits in their choice of up­hol­stery and fabrics with cur­rent top favourites char­coal grey wool and light coloured linens.

“Men are pick­ing up on decor fash­ions and if they’re sin­gle, they want to cre­ate spa­ces that are at­trac­tive to women, while if they’re part­nered they’re keen to achieve a blend of their own and their part­ner’s tastes so spa­ces are more uni­sex in their ap­peal,” Hop­pen points out.

But it’s com­fort­ing to learn that some things never change. “Ev­ery wife or girl­friend hates a guy’s cher­ished pos­ses­sion, his leather sofa,” she re­veals.

“It’s usu­ally the first thing they in­sist on get­ting rid of when they move in to­gether. That’s not sim­ply be­cause it rarely ap­peals to their taste, but they also hate what it’s as­so­ci­ated with, as it’s of­ten played rather a key role in their part­ner’s pre­vi­ous ro­man­tic life!”

To mark Fa­ther’s Day, Sun­day, June 20, we’ve found the es­sen­tial kit to achieve a look for rooms that’s dis­tinctly Al­pha male yet ap­peals to the girl next door.

MOD­ERN MAN PAD

These spa­ces need to be able to take a lot of pun­ish­ment if they’re used for en­ter­tain­ing, se­duc­ing and hang­ing out with mates.

“Us­ing neu­tral colours and straight­for­ward de­signs is a good start­ing place but it’s im­por­tant to give a room a touch of per­son­al­ity,” says Claire Hornby, cre­ative stylist at Barker & Stone­house.

“Mix vin­tage ma­te­ri­als like leather with sleek mod­ern ma­te­ri­als such as chrome and glass. Bare brick walls give an edgy but func­tional look, and work well with solid wood floors in rich oak or wal­nut.” style pa­pers. They’re £25 a roll and have em­bel­lished graph­ics and glossy fin­ishes.

SO-FA SO GOOD

If you want to avoid the dan­ger of a woman bin­ning your sofa, choose one so stylish that they’ll swoon over it.

There’s a sur­feit of hot mod­els out there, in­clud­ing Sofa Work­shop’s hand­some Char­lie leather sofa, £1,019.

Al­ter­na­tively, take the line of least re­sis­tance and opt for seat­ing more se­duc­tively at­tired in fab­ric.

There’s noth­ing re­motely wimpy about an L-shaped Long Is­land sofa, £2,170, in chic Black & White Con­trast fab­ric, from Sofa.com

ES­SEN­TIAL KIT: Mid-cen­tury fur­ni­ture is bang-on trend and a Le Cor­bus­ier sofa, from £1,045 from Barker & Stone­house, is a steel and leather clas­sic.

MY OTHER CAR’S A CHAIR

Smart men know that if they can’t run to a su­per­car, they can at least repli­cate one el­e­ment of those au­tos – the seats.

Fur­ni­ture brand, OMP has launched a £5,000 swivel chair in the States, which is mounted with a seat from a Fer­rari F360. All you have to do is lean back, push off with your feet, and sup­ply the throaty en­gine noises.

Al­ter­na­tively, put less pres­sure on the plas­tic and opt for a Copeland arm­chair, £1,199, with a show-off shiny steel frame and dis­tressed sad­dle leather up­hol­stery. It’s from Barker & Stone­house.

ES­SEN­TIAL KIT: A Kruza Bri­tan­nia chair, £1,750 from John Lewis, with a white gloss lac­quer back em­bla­zoned with a Union flag, or a more ca­sual LoJo Ball Union Jack seat, £99, also from John Lewis.

SE­DUC­TIVE SANC­TU­ARY

Sin­gle­tons should at least en­sure a bed­room’s tidy and rea­son­ably hy­gienic, even if they can’t cre­ate the ul­ti­mate su­per com­fort­able, sen­sual space.

“Avoid dark and grunge at all costs,” ad­vises de­signer, Nick Munro. “Go for pale walls and ex­posed floor­boards, add a sheep­skin or hide rug, and hint that you’re cul­tured with framed prints of vin­tage al­bum cov­ers or movie posters.”

How­ever, it could be worth mak­ing an ef­fort with this room if you’re cur­rently part­nered.

“Women are de­ter­mined not to over­dose on foot­ball and miss out on fam­ily view­ing, so they’ll ban­ish blokes to the bed­room to watch al­most 50 per cent of the World Cup matches on a por­ta­ble TV,” pre­dicts Barry Rourke, spokesman for a fit­ted bed­room and kitchen com­pany, Betta Liv­ing which has re­cently car­ried out a sur­vey.

Betta Liv­ing’s re­mote el­e­vat­ing TV-bed, in the Adri­anna bed­room col­lec­tion, starts from £1,300 ex­clud­ing TV.

ES­SEN­TIAL KIT: Marks & Spencer’s leather Mon­roe bed­stead, £2,499 for a dou­ble, in­cludes a re­tractable TV unit. (Mat­tress and TV sold sep­a­rately).

TOYS FOR BOYS

Gadgets, from a state-of-the-art cof­fee ma­chine to an all-sing­ing-and-danc­ing stereo sys­tem, are es­sen­tials for teckie boys.

But while a lux­ury sad­dle leather and wal­nut Isi­doro drinks cabi­net, £6,640 from Evi­tavonni, which re­sem­bles a colo­nial style trav­eller’s trunk would be an un­doubted lads win­ner, smart se­duc­ers know that it’s witty, quirky touches which ap­peal to the op­po­site sex. Top hat and bowler hat lamp­shades, the Jeeves and Wooster hat lights from £150 from Gra­ham & Green, couldn’t fail to catch her eye.

Give an in­stant in­jec­tion of glam­our to a past-its-best sofa with An­drew Martin cush­ions fea­tur­ing vin­tage posters of flirty, fe­male Hollywood icons. They’re £79 each from Sofa Work­shop.

ES­SEN­TIAL KIT: A Foot­ball shaped iPod speaker dock which can be op­er­ated via touch-sen­si­tive con­trols on the foot­balls ‘patches’ or by a re­mote.

A Mi-Foot­ball FT0750 iPod Por­ta­ble Speaker sys­tem, £49.95, John Lewis.

Marks & Spencer’s leather Mon­roe bed­stead, £2,499 for a dou­ble, in­cludes a re­tractable TV

unit. (Mat­tress and TV sold sep­a­rately).

ES­SEN­TIAL KIT: Gra­ham & Brown’s Shape & Form range fea­tures mean and moody, mas­cu­line-

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