Blend Masculine and Feminine Decor Elements

The home office has evolved. It's now a living space that's less structured and one-dimensional than in the past. As a multifunctional space, it needs to be chic enough to receive a client, while comfortable for everyday living. Since it's also often a shared space, Lisa Worth gave us some tips on how to blend masculine and feminine elements for a stylish home office suited for both sexes.


Above: antique desk, desk (task) chair, desk accessories, alabaster desk lamp, lucite storage stand, glass side table, art, gold left bar cart, bar cart accessories, velvet chairs, champagne leather ottoman, by L'Atelier; rug, Weaver's Art

Paint the wall black or grey Painting a wall black is definitely "edgy" but it is also timeless and elegant. It provides the perfect neutral backdrop and stage so the furniture pieces pop.

Consider a vintage desk Many desks are very heavy and suited to men alone and desks designed for women are often too feminine. Look to a vintage piece, specifically pieces from the Art Nouveau or Deco periods, for the right balance of masculine and feminine.

Look for balance in all your décor choices Solid furniture construction and soft textiles are a great way to achieve a stylish unisex look. Look for this kind of balance in your décor choices to achieve a look that's appealing to both sexes.

Additional credits: custom build, The Beswick Group; architecture, Taylor Design Group, King City, Ont..