We’re all excellent at pointing out the differences between the sexes. We can find them everywhere, and yet we continue to try and unlock the secrets to understanding each other. Women are natural nest-builders and it seems that decorating the home is still considered the woman’s domain. Here are the five top decorating habits that women impose on men; the top five “blunders”.
One of the many areas where the sexes find themselves scratching their heads in confusion, is in home décor. We have to live together and yet we seem to have such different needs when it comes to interior design. Women are natural nest-builders and it seems that decorating the home is still considered the woman’s domain. Here are the five top decorating habits that women impose on men; the top five “blunders”.
Number 1. Cushions: As interior decorator Leslie Bailey says, “Why are my cushions always on the floor?” Men seem to be truly annoyed by decorative cushions. Many women find their cushions in all sorts of places other than their intended spots: behind the chair, piled on the floor, next to the sofa, under the bed, etc. One could argue that women need cushions to support their lower back because they have a different hip to waist ratio than men. Or we could argue that women just need to collect stuff. Either way, women love cushions, men just find them unnecessary.
Number 2. Over-decorating the kitchen: One long-suffering male described an over-decorated kitchen as a boiler room with food in it. Nowadays, the kitchen is the hub of most homes. Everything happens there; we eat, greet guests, entertain, do homework, complete chores and minor DIY tasks in our kitchens. Why shouldn’t we make it pretty if we spend so much of our day there? Just because your utensils are pink, doesn’t mean they’re not functional!
Number 3. Colours: On the subject of pink…colour preferences tend to be a problem between men and women when choosing room colours. At the risk of sounding stereotypical, men seem to be attracted to darker, earthier colours such as red, brown, black and green. So a woman’s preference for pastels, creams and feminine shades, can be a source of puzzlement for men.
Number 4. Decorative objects: Yes, that’s right Clutter. Men seem to prefer function over form. Never mind if it looks nice, as long as it works. According to common opinion (myth?) men are actually annoyed by useless decorations. If it’s there just to create an atmosphere, then there’s no point. A man would rather be surrounded by things that have a specific meaning, like sports souvenirs, models, things that reflect his hobbies and interests. Whereas women want to feather their nest and be surrounded by decorative objects.
Number 5. Size and space: Working on the basis that women need space in their homes for their decorative items; men need space for the larger pieces of furniture they prefer. Men like large reclining armchairs and corner sofa units that take up half the kid’s play area. They prefer large desks and bigger beds. This may just be due to the physical size differences between the sexes but we can see how a woman’s need for lots of small things will aggravate man’s need for space.
And, as a final thought: gentlemen, be careful how much you complain about her stuff, as she will always think of another part of the house to extend or convert!