We recently completed two bedrooms in a Key West home, and couldn't be happier with the results.
The client wanted something feminine for a second bedroom, but needed to achieve a stronger, more man-friendly statement for the master bedroom.
As you can see, we went with a feminine, French style in this guest bedroom:
Those dark walls needed a little contrast and the upholstered and painted furniture did this nicely. Subtle colors and traditional prints along with some warm yellow accents pulled everything together.
Then in the master bedroom, we left "cozy" behind.
When you admire pretty spaces, but share a bedroom with a man who needs large, sturdy furniture suited to broad shoulders and long legs, you may assume that you need to choose between the two. But this is far from the truth. While ruffles and floral prints may not be appropriate, strong furniture statements with a pretty wall color and coordinating textiles makes for a very satisfying compromise. This elegant four poster bed appealed to both husband and wife, and the chocolate stripe in the Pine Cone Hill bedding tied in nicely with the dark wood. A simple love seat with delicate pillows softened the room without taking away from the clean lines.
It's always a challenge to design personal spaces for couples, but this came together beautifully. And knowing that your clients are equally thrilled with their room is doubly rewarding.