There are a number of mistakes that men make when designing and decorating a home. A number of experts recently compiled a list of these including Richard Mishaan. The number one mistake is incorporating only the colors of black, white, and gray. A masculine space can incorporate a number of colors such as brown rugs and furnishings which break up the monotony.
Another common mistake men make is having everything too rustic and too much like a lumber yard. Experts such as Richard Mishaan say that shine and polish as a contrast look much better and personalizes a room. Men also tend to make furniture into wallflowers by pushing all of the furniture against walls, even in a large room. Pushing furniture a few feet from the walls actually opens up space and allows for a better flow of movement as well as providing storage opportunities.
Another thing that men don’t understand is that bigger furniture is not automatically better than smaller pieces. Many men look for the longest sofa in the store, for example, instead of something that fits the space much better. Experts say to fit the furniture to the room so that it complements the room rather than takes it over.
Richard Mishaan is the founder of his own design firm, Richard Mishaan Design. He has revamped both personal residences as well as hotels, creating a style that is livable and interesting to occupy. He published an art book called “Artfully Modern” which features photos of his work and explanations of how to decorate a room that is both fun and functional. One of his bits of advice to people is to buy good quality furniture rather than going cheap as quality furniture will last for years and turn out to be the best value in the end.
One of Richard Mishaan’s signature styles is mixing different eras and styles of furniture in a room, something he has turned into an art form. He points to his own New York apartment which incorporates this style that he shares with his wife, Marcia, and two children Nick and Ali. He encourages using disparate pieces that form a whole greater than their parts.
For more information check out Richard Mishaan’s design blog here!