5 Tips for Decorating Your Bachelor Pad

The idea of bachelor pads has been present in modern society for decades now. The reason why bachelor pads are so popular is that, at a certain point in life, every man feels the need to have a place of his own. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an average Joe’s man cave, it can just be an ordinary place where he can relax and be himself, on his own terms.

Such places can be tricky to decorate, mostly because an empty bachelor pad is a blank canvas with unlimited options. Nevertheless, no matter the size of the empty space, every bachelor pad needs to follow a certain flow and have focal points that draw the attention of the visitor. That’s where these tips will come in handy.

 

Keep it open

Sure, the stereotype says that every man wants to make his bachelor pad masculine and robust, but nowhere does it say that the stereotype is the perfect formula for you. What you need to do is forget about the stereotypes and make the bachelor pad your own – make it a grownup man’s bachelor pad.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re working with a large empty warehouse or a small condo, the more open you make it, the more options you have to decorate it. Openness lets you keep things simple and functional while allowing you to play around with colours – blue and grey with an accent colour of the opposite spectrum (think yellow or even burgundy) make an excellent choice.

 

Less is more

The more open your place is, the more you’re tempted to fill it with unnecessary furniture pieces and trinkets. Think about what says most about you, what type of furniture describes you best, and start decorating in that direction.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s extremely important to furnish your bachelor pad with modern furniture you’re going to enjoy being around every single day. Over-furnishing tends to ruin the flow and disrupts the harmony you want to achieve. Keep it simple, but functional.

 

Enjoy the sunrise

Most men think about bedrooms as places reserved for sleeping only, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. Bedrooms need to provide solace and comfort and tell a story about your character. Think carefully about the size of the bed, and don’t let it take over the room.

If you can, position the bed on the sunny side so you wake up with every sunrise. The sun will kick start the serotonin levels and give you an instant mood boost that will get you going from the moment you open your eyes. And don’t forget to throw on some Target bed sheets to match the surroundings and voilà, your bedroom is all set.

 

Kitchen fit for a chef

Whether you enjoy cooking or have no idea what a spatula is, avoid the clichés men speak of. Every bachelor pad needs to have a decently equipped kitchen. Why? Well, you don’t know when you might grow an interest in cooking, and you definitely will once you meet ‘the one’ at some point.

Keeping things neat and clean will also come in handy, so you might want to consider getting Wedgwood dinnerware – it’s stylish, functional and fits within every budget. It also comes in the colours we discussed before, so you don’t even have to disrupt the colour scheme of your bachelor pad.

 

Entertain yourself

The bachelor pad you’re decorating is meant to be a pleasing place where you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. That being said, your pad also needs a personal corner, designed to please your inner child and fulfil the wishes you once had, but couldn’t find the time to accomplish.

Find the appropriate corner and equip it with the things you always wanted. It could be a pool table or an arcade machine, but it must be something that you never had the chance to experience. After all, you’re living the dream, so make sure your inner child gets a chance to live it with you.

Decorating something special such as a bachelor pad takes time, so make sure you put everything down on paper and plan ahead. The investments you make will reflect who you are and present you in the best possible light to anyone who visits – even the potential Mrs Right.

Peter Minkoff
Peter is a lifestyle writer at HighStyleLife magazine, living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.
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