Well my situation may be a little different... my husband has no sense of style or design. He grew up in a house where no one really did anything other than throw things around. And my mom was obsessed with the home interiors/very flowery stuff which was totally not my dad's taste, so I'm trying to work out things that aren't only 'me' but just plain comfy and easy on the eyes. So, I'm kinda lucky. If I want to do something he says "whatever" and I do it.
I just finished recovering a couch my dad gave us. It was upholstered in a southwest fabric and was UGLY (which, I think, is why my dad wanted it gone), so I did it in purple. My husband thought it would look too girly, but it looks really nice (a biased opinion, but it really does, and he agrees). Our bedroom is going to have dark purple everywhere with a bit of lighter shades and some other colors and the master bathroom is going to be a deep red. He thinks it will look bad, but he doesn't really have a choice because he was wrong about all my other ideas
Plus, he's happy with flourescent lighting and plain, undecorated or sporatic, postered walls, so he loses out by default