How to Make a Room Look More Feminine

Feminine Room Decor
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Every style, shape, color, material, and texture can be enjoyed equally by both sexes. However, there are certain elements of interior design that tend to be associated with either traditionally feminine or masculine aesthetics. While the best rooms are usually some combination of both, sometimes you may want your home to lean one way more than the other. If that's the case, you can tweak aspects of the room's decor to make it as feminine as your heart desires.

Pick Softer Colors and Shapes

A room that's feminine often leans towards soft, muted colors—think light pastels and creamy neutrals. Of course, this doesn't mean there isn't a place for bright colors—in fact, bright colors, such as hot pink or a vivid purple, work well in feminine spaces—but to create a real girly vibe, soft is usually best. When it comes to accent colors, think about incorporating warm metallics such as rose gold or copper. While male aesthetics tend to be platinum or silver, which creates a cold, hard look, a woman's room can be glamorous and warm.

To achieve a feminine aesthetic, put away the hard lines and geometric shapes in favor of items with soft, round edges. (Well, don't put them away completely—every room needs balance, including a combination of straight and curvy.) Femininity is achieved through curves and decorative flourishes, so don't be afraid to choose items with a little flair.

Review Patterns and Textures

While masculine rooms tend to make use of plaids, herringbones, and bold stripes, feminine rooms can make the most of florals, botanicals, damasks, and other decorative patterns. Small geometrics, such as polka dots, can also work well in feminine spaces. The prints and patterns, no matter what you should, should be cheerful.

Additionally, textures and the way you use them can determine the overall feel of a room. Like with any room, it's really important to use a mix. Combine hard with soft, shiny with matte, and smooth with coarse for impeccable style. The combination of textures will add depth to any room. More specifically, when it comes to feminine rooms, feel free to use a healthy dose of different materials, including cotton, silk, velvet, linen, chenille, and cashmere. Plus, don't forget about ruffles—it's the ultimate feminine texture.

Update Furniture and Accessories

When it comes to creating a feminine aesthetic, a lot can be done through the use of certain materials. Faceted crystal, gilt, mirror, and marble are just a few of the traditional materials associated with feminine rooms. 

Furniture should include decorative feminine flourishes, such as button tufting and carved details—though not every piece, or it will be too overwhelming, but some pieces for sure. While no room should ever be overcrowded with furniture, feminine rooms tend to include more decorative pieces simply because they look great, not just for practical purposes. Additionally, accessories play a huge role in feminine interiors. A vase of fresh flowers, throw pillows, and objets d'arts—that is, works of art—are represented heavily, but always tastefully and not overdone.