A bachelor pad is the one place where you can do whatever you want and decorate it how you please. You get to showcase your stylistic preferences in many ways, so time to show off!
You create your own rules on how to decorate your bachelor pad. Here are a few tips that might help you:
ESSENTIALS OF A MODERN BACHELOR PAD
Those movie posters tacked on to the wall might have been cool as a teen, but it’s time for an upgrade. Abstract art is gender neutral and looks sophisticated, but if you’re on a budget , settle for prints instead. The key to making the theme consistent are in the frames. Despite how different the posters themselves may be from one to the next, having similar frames will create a clean and consistent look to the room.
Light up your man cave
Avoid fluorescent lighting as the last place you want your home to remind you of is your office. The lighting is not only harsh but also unwelcoming, and amplifies the appearance of dust. Take the time to find some nice, unique lighting fixtures. If you are short on available floor and table space, ceiling and wall-mounted lighting options are great choices.
A place to eat, that’s not a coffee table
At home, you want to be able to entertain friends and invite them over for a meal every so often.
A good looking chest of drawers
When you’re in a smaller home, it can be a focal point in your living room. And when you move into a larger house, it can be your bedroom dresser. The important thing here—don’t skimp on quality.
There’s something that feels very clean about getting into a white bed. Good sheets are mandatory, whether or not you are sleeping alone. Actually, bad sheets just might be the reason you are sleeping alone. Get the best sheets you can afford. And keep the colors muted and classic: whites, grays, blues, or creams. Coyuchi has fantastic choices that you can’t go wrong with.
A library for your journies
A well-stocked bookshelf presents a lot about your personality. The contents of a bachelor pad are truly unique to the man himself. In a generation where everything can be housed electronically, having real books is almost magical. Even if you are not much of a reader, having good shelving means you can display pieces you’ve picked up on your travels or from when you were a child. Ultimately, shelving adds texture and personality to your space.
Men often associate window treatments as being feminine, when, in fact, window treatments are gender neutral and play an important part in insulating spaces, reducing noise pollution, and preventing the fading of furniture and carpets. For a touch of masculinity, opt for solids with a metallic sheen or rough textures and choose prints with geometric patterns, pinstripes, tartans or plaids.
Bonus: Curtains can be used to section off areas of a room, or conceal storage areas for a cleaner look.
There’s a difference between a stylish bachelor pad and one that looks more like a college dorm room. That usually means bringing a mix of masculinity with subtle, softer touches. Balance between the sexes is important. Bachelors want to be macho. However, unless you intend to live the rest of your life as one, you will have to introduce some softness to calm and juxtapose the hard, edgy, contemporary vibe of your space. Here are some examples:
1. For polished concrete floors, put down a cozy comfortable rug
2. If you have edgy loft windows with black frames, pair them with light sheered operational drapery panels that can easily be drawn to soften the look
3. If you have a leather club chair, mix it up with a fabric-upholstered sofa for a cozy, eclectic look.
Now that we have covered some common grounds and tips for bachelor pads and how it should look like, we’ve put together a collection of furniture with a shoestring budget as an example.
1. RAMI’s photography prints, USD440
2. RIBBA Frames, USD20 each
3. helix acacia bookcase, USD199
4. Adesso Trinity Arc Lamp, Antique Bronze, USD131
5. Insignia – TV Stand, USD180
6. Large Black Cloth Modern Contemporary Upholstered Quality Sectional, USD175
7. ARKELSTORP Coffee table, black, USD129
The Big Lebowski – Time: Man Of The Year Bar Mirror, USD26
Below are some more examples of how other people have put together their ideal man-cave: