10 Décor Ground Rules for Merging Your Stuff In One Bedroom

10 Décor Ground Rules for Merging Your Stuff In One Bedroom
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Photo: L. Kate Interiors

So, you’re moving in together, and you’re starting to wonder how you’re going to reconcile your boyfriend’s La-Z-Boy and black sheets with your pristine, feminine bedroom style. There are ways to make your new master bedroom work without either of you sacrificing the stuff you really love. In fact, a little clashing can actually look cool, when done right.

Flip through these 10 strategic ways to make a ladylike bedroom more man-friendly. You’ll get inspiration, plus some helpful shopping tips. If nothing else, remember these ground rules: Balance out girly hues and textures with weightier, darker ones; global-inspired décor works for both genders; and greenery (rather than flowers) are your friend.

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Add raw or unfinished touches, like this untreated wood bed frame.

Home Adore

Dondra Bed in reclaimed teak, $899; at CB2

Anchor light, fluffy textures—like the throw at the end of this bed—with heavier ones, like the leather headboard and dark wooden side table.

L Kate Interiors

Tall Grid-Tufted Leather Headboard in Elephant, $349.99; at West Elm

Use black accents to offset girlier hues, like pink.

Jenny J Wolf

Possini Gold Leaf with Black Shade Obelisk Table Lamp, $99.99; at Euro Style Lighting

Rich jewel tones, like reds, oranges, and blues, are gender-neutral and gorgeous.

Jessie D. Miller

Michael Orange 20" Pillow, $44.95; at Crate and Barrel

Use eclectic, global-inspired accents, like this tapestry, combined with mismatched accessories (a masculine desk lamp on one side and a more feminine one on the other).

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Global Paradise Wall Tapestry, $300; at Jet

Look for offbeat, quirky accents that are neither girly nor masculine—like these lamps, throw pillows, and painting.


Secretly In Love print, $10; at Nan Lawson

Pick a single pop of color to balance out (gender) neutral greys and whites.

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Tina Sparkle Cushion, $69; at Gorman

Instead of flowers, go for plainer plants—greenery doesn't favor either gender.

Tessa Neustadt

This bedroom leans a tad on the feminine side, but the white moose head mounted on the wall and the Persian rug give weight to pinks and florals.

Stag Head, $29.99; at Target

Keeping bedding super simple and straightforward also downplays femininity, while allowing you to have more fun with art and lighting.

Kristofer Johnsson

PB Essential Duvet Cover in White, from $79; at Pottery Barn

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