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5 Tips For Designing His-And-Her Spaces

Architect Julia Sandra Uy shares tips on how to design spaces for the lady and the man of the house

Photography: Miguel Nacancieno

As if decorating a home from scratch isn't already challenging enough, sharing a space with a spouse or a partner for the first time can sometimes be the cause of petty disagreements. Belongings and styles get mixed up, or one may be complaining about what the other is bringing into the space. Save yourselves (and your relationship!) from stress with these pro-approved styling tips: 


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1. Interpret his and her personalities through textures that complement each other. 

For example, if your wall has concrete and wooden walls—"raw, and unpolished textures are masculine," says Julia—you can complement it with white, curvy ceilings for a touch of feminine flair. You can also add delicate decor pieces into the mix as Julia says "glam and sophisticated textures are feminine." 


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2. When creating specific spaces for him and her, don't hold back. 

Remember to commit to the space's personality. In an ultra modern condo (as seen in photo), Julia says, "Jedd's workshop is all man because of the mesh and equipment, but Leslie's walk-in closet is undoubtedly feminine because of its brightness, the dresser and especially the chandelier." 

3. Use color to distinguish spaces.

Man caves are usually made up of blacks and browns, but more feminine spaces have touches of white and pastel. 


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4. Create transition spaces. 

Julia says when designing shared spaces, it is important to incorporate "open and multifunctional spaces." The transition between spaces will ensure that although there are distinct areas, the entire home still looks cohesive. 

5. Compromise. 

No matter what style you decide on, it is vital to compromise with your partner about the space you want. Talk about the details you want to see, and strategize on how you can achieve the look without sacrificing anything.

This article is based on a home tour feature that appeared in the September 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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