Traditional Meets Modern in a Masculine Den

The traditional den is making a comeback. Designer Trish Johnston shows us a masculine den that mixes modern decor with traditional touches. The result: a dramatic space that's suited for desk work, casual meetings and cocktails.

Traditional Meets Modern in a Masculine Den

Above: wall colour "Black Jack," Benjamin Moore; artwork, console, desk chair, rug, ELTE; leather chairs, floor lamps, decanters, antler magazine rack, antler chandelier, globe, desk, UpCountry; cushions, throw, antler candlesticks, West Elm

Black walls set the tone

Choose a dark wall colour like this deep brown-black "Black Jack" by Benjamin Moore. A dark wall sets the tone for this strong, dramatic and bold look. The artwork reinforces the tone of strength. The black-on-black is chic and allows the bar and floor lamps to pop against the wall.

Traditional Meets Modern in a Masculine Den

Create a bar area

A bar area complete with crystal and glass barware adds a subtle sparkle to the room. A chrome and glass console is a great piece to use for a home bar. The chrome adds coolness to the warm space.

Traditional Meets Modern in a Masculine Den

Choose classic cognac leather

The cognac leather chairs are very masculine and will only look better as they weather with age. Cognac leather is a classic look and will never go out of style. It's well worth the investment!

Traditional Meets Modern in a Masculine Den

Add a few statement pieces

The antler magazine rack in white placed on the soft grey shag rug is a very interesting juxtaposition of textures. Antlers are repeated in the light fixture. The rustic fixture commands a presence in the room, making it a suitable choice for this very masculine den.


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