Are we bound by colour genders when deciding a palette for a room? Do we choose a colour based on the expectation or perception of others? Do we opt for feminine or masculine colours? Is white genderless?
The answers will depend on who you ask the question, as colours are inevitably very personal. If you think about it, we have been taught to perceive colours as feminine, masculine or neutral gender, partly fed to us by the marketing of big brands/coporations and partly learned from our parents in childhood.
With the above bounderies set in our minds, how do we pick our interior colours? The neutral or white palette is generally considered genderless, and they are the safe and easy palettes. Neutral and white can be beautiful as it gives the impression of timelessness and a feel of a sanctuary or a safe haven. But would you want to come home to a sanctuary, day in day out?
We need more courage to decorate with colours on the other hand. It demands more thought as we potentially fear visible mistakes and struggle with feelings of not mastering it. However instead of perceiving them as mistakes, using colours opens up a myriad of possibilities, creating an environment that nourishes, energizes, and inspires. Just do it!
As a first project, try applying colours in a single room, perhaps a bedroom. Start with pale colours, and jazz it up with accessories or pops of colour. If you are ready to go further, try a moody dark bedroom with lots of beautiful textiles!
Etro Home, Neutral with patterned pillows and an amazing green as background!
Jean Louis Deniot, Neutral with metallic and black accents.
A harmony of soft tones - dusty pinks, lilacs, chartreuse tinged greens, for a very feminine feel.
Photo from NY Times. Bright and white room calling for pops of vibrant colours
Lorenzo Castillo, one of my fav decorators who thrives in colour. How does red affect you?
Photo from Domino. A great idea to use wallpaper on your wardrobes in punchy tones!
Mario Buatta via AD, in beautiful chinoiserie wallpapers for an elegant look and feel. For similar handpainted wallpapers, visit Yellowhouse Design e-Boutique.
Nick Olsen, in playful and colourful harmony, without a clear colour gender
Rich chocolate wall coverings for a textured room, light during the day time, and moody at night.
Photo from cupofjo.com, a moody, masculine and cozy room.
Photo from House Beautiful. Dark room with white and gold as accents.
For more feminine, masculine or genderless bedroom inspirations, follow my 'Bedrooms' board on Pinterest for regular updates !