Men's bedroom colors

Updated April 17, 2017

Men's bedrooms needn't look bleak in order to convey their masculinity. Rich neutrals and saturated tones also evoke a manly atmosphere. Even pastels can work for a man's bedroom, as long as they derive from complex, muddied shades. To maintain a masculine feeling in your bedroom's decor, eschew delicate or fussy furniture in favour of sturdy, well-made pieces. Bold graphic art or handmade items make for strong, vigorous decor accents.

Black & White

A black and white bedroom feels instantly, classically male. This colour scheme works well with sleekly masculine furnishings in materials like leather or raw linen. It also blends seamlessly with any technology present in the room, such as stereo systems or computers. Combine off-white walls with glossy black baseboards, windows and doors, or paint an accent wall entirely in black for a bold, minimalist look.

Brown & White

For a neutral effect, combine cream-coloured walls with brown trim. This colour scheme functions for both masculine and gender-neutral bedrooms. Accent with black, gold, orange or beige tones. Brown walls with white trim will have a more dramatic effect. Use this colour scheme to enhance Asian-inflected decor, or to set off vivid pieces of art.

Blue & Brown

Shades of blue and brown naturally complement rustically masculine decor schemes. Navy tones harmonise well with wood furniture and moulding, while beige or burnt sienna trim keeps rooms feeling earthy and balanced. Ice blue walls keep bedrooms feeling crisp and serene, especially when accompanied by accent paint in burnt umber or dark chocolate.

Mustard & Gray

Mustard and grey make an excellent pair, evoking a British elegance that never strays into the feminine. Use these colours in combination with bold stripes, sturdy antique furniture and gracefully worn Oriental rugs, or implement this pairing to complement confident modern decor. Dove grey walls backed by mustard trim impart a sense of serenity, while mustard-coloured walls balanced by slate grey trim create energetic interiors.

Red & Gray

Rescue deep red from luridness by the addition of pearly grey trim, while light reds look fantastic when paired with deep blue-greys. Accent red and grey colour schemes with dark yellow or orange-gold furniture and fabrics. Red and grey colour schemes especially set off rooms with lots of wood, black furnishings and stone. Use them in combination with handmade pieces, plaids, herringbone patterns, Navajo rugs and polished cottons.

Green & Orange

Pale spring greens become instantly masculine when matched with dark orange trim, while antique olive tones are kept from feeling too sedate by the addition of dusty oranges. This pairing contributes an eclectic atmosphere; it accommodates busy prints, overstuffed bookcases and plentiful plant displays. For a more old-fashioned look, pair dark green walls with pale, orange-inflected beige accents. This combination works well with mature country-style furnishings, such as checked fabrics, houndstooth patterns, flannel and Mission-style furniture.

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Emily Maggrett has been writing for more than eight years. Her fiction has appeared in "Jeopardy" and "Rivet" and her journalism has appeared in "The Cascadia Weekly" and "The Western Front." Maggrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Western Washington University.