Masculine Patterns

Masculine Patterns

Sarah Rainwater
Jun 22, 2010

Clearly a pattern can't be claimed strictly for male or female use and sometimes a reference to the opposite sex can add an element of surprise to a space, but these patterns have a long-standing connection to the masculine, both in fashion and design.

Pin Stripes: A favorite fabric for suits and baseball uniforms, pin stripes represent men at work and at play.

Paisley: At home on business men or cowboys, paisley is a remarkably versatile pattern that manages to be both manly and playful.

Plaid: From rustic to upscale, plaid's straight lines are a masculine classic.

Bold Stripes: A perennial favorite, stripes add a regal touch to any space.

Geometric: Though geometric patterns are equally at home in a feminine room, the bold lines and shapes are strong and architectural.

(Images: 1, house to home; 2, 1st Option; 3, Todd Selby; 4, William Waldron/Elle Décor; 5, Jonathan Adler)

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