How to: Decorate for Dudes

Y’all know I love a good mood board. (Even though I kind of hate the term “mood board.”)

So when a dude friend of mine reached out to be recently and asked for tips on decorating his new apartment, my response was “I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS.”


Because while I love a super feminine space, I also love decorating for dudes. Because, to me, it’s not that different from dressing dudes. And who doesn’t love that?

In fact, both of the mood boards I ended up creating for my friends (who has asked to remain nameless for now) started with a guy’s outfit I loved on Pinterest.

Let’s start with my recommendations for a TV room.

TV Cave

All my friend (who I’m just going to call Anthony because “my friend” gets creepy after a while) told me he wanted was “something in the brown” family that was “masculine” and had a lot of “white”.

So…basically not helpful at all. He dug the above design, though, so everyone wins.

Next, he needed a bedroom. Again, there was minimal direction beyond the fact that he liked “blue…like Yankee blue” and that he needed a place to store a sizable shoe collection.

Again, I turned to some of my favorite guy outfits with blue for a color palette.

Dude's Room


And yes, I’m aware I accidentally put a bath mat in there. The point is = navy rug. Make it happen.

So there you have it! I’m pretty pleased with both rooms, and Anthony seems to like them as well.

Now if only I could get my own bedroom in order, we’d be in business.

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