A well-designed masculine home office can be classy, strong, understated and warm while still representing the personality of its inhabitant.
With all of us spending more time at home it was high time I refreshed my husband’s home office. He has been working from home 24/7 since March 2020 and I LOVE IT!! I really do love having him home and hope this continues FORVER! As horrible as Covid has been and still is; there have been positives too. We’re all spending more time together and I’m fine and dandy with that.
Since this is my husband’s space, I wanted the room to feel styled yet masculine. That means I’m talking rustic furniture, deer antlers, military books, framed gun sketches and displayed dog tags. To each his own, but these are the things my husband enjoys and I wanted each item incorporated into his space.
When we moved into the house, the previous owners did not have the best eye for styling (in my opinion). Shortly after getting our keys we tackled the front office and the powder room; not necessarily in that order.
Here are some great tips for creating a masculine home office so your husband feels right at home.
Create a Masculine mood board
First things first!!
Step NUMBER 1 in any design is to create a mood board. This ensures everyone is on the same page. Having an overall plan is always a good idea especially when trying to explain design ideas to my husband. Ya hear me?
When we first tackled this space it was about removing the odd, cracked moulding, painting the walls and tossing in some furniture. Since he wasn’t working from home years ago the office was barely used; therefore, I wasn’t too worried about styled functionality as much.
Now that he is home all the time we needed to revamp. Here are some items to include on your masculine office mood board.
Masculine Paint color
Start with the basics. Paint!
Pick a color he likes; not just something you like. It’s nice to pick a shade that will compliment the rest of the house but ensure he is happy with the color. I love the darker blues and greens in a man’s office, but since we had dark wood furniture we wanted a little contrast on the walls.
We removed the odd shaped cracked corner molding and covered the forest green paint with Sherwin Williams Light French Gray which can look different in different spaces and lighting (as with almost any paint). The trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove which is also throughout our entire home.
Select Dark/Masculine Home Office furniture
My husband loves a rustic industrial feel and while that doesn’t embody the style of our overall home it can still be achieved in places while still ensuring the house feels cohesive.
We purchased this wrought iron leg table several years ago on Craigslist…(way before Facebook Marketplace existed.) It’s from Restoration Hardware and while not actually a desk but a dining table it’s perfect in size and style! Win, win!
This exact bookcase was also a Craigslist find that we got for a song and a dance; it is super solid and heavy and a piece that could work in many different rooms of a home.
Dark bookshelves are a dream in this masculine office setup. To achieve a look for less, IKEA has bookcases in a dreamy dark blue that you can install floor to ceiling.
Curated Masculine Home Office Art
Nothing says masculine home office more than artwork that is about them. Find art such as wooden decor (we have a vintage wooden ore propped in the corner), wooden framed mirror, masculine clock, architectural drawings, blueprint sketches, etc. Look for a variety and be sure to put different art layouts on each wall.
For example: One wall has a large mirror, opposite wall, between the windows, there is a round wall clock and flanking the sides of the bookcase are two sets of grouped blueprint sketches.
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Masculine Office Storage
Whether you go light or dark with the paint or furniture, you will still need a storage system for loose papers and supplies. Wire baskets, magazine holders, baskets are all a great way to corral the mess while still maintaining a decorative look.
Masculine Texture & Decor
As well as art; clocks, mirrors and other items are needed to complete the final design for a masculine home office.
Think of stacking some of his favorite books on the desk, add a tray of his watches so they are easy to grab, a neat pencil holder and greenery!
Even in a masculine home office breathe life into the space with greenery. Doesn’t have to be a lot, but greenery always brings life to a space. Always!
Since studies have proven that employees who work from home are more productive, make sure you’re not burning yourself out working at the dining room table with no designated space to yourself. You need a space that you can close the door so you can have a quiet space to take those conference calls, work with no distractions and store your files.