Bachelor Pad Tips for the Modern Man
Modern Bachelor Pad Must-Haves for the Newly Single
Who said that “Bachelor Pad” equals “Man Cave”?
You can have comfort, functionality, AND style all-in-one.
You can create a space that’s suitable for entertaining as well as relaxing even if the place, or your budget, is small.
Bachelor Pad Designer’s Pro Tip:
Get a sense of what you need, what fits where, and what style represents you and what style fits the place well – for example; a 600-square-foot loft in a brick building apartment in Seattle will call for a different style than a 600-square-foot one-bedroom modern condo in Bellevue. Don’t make a bunch of purchases beforehand, only to find out that what you bought doesn’t mesh with your new bachelor pad.
Bachelor Pad Essentials
Bachelor Pad Storage
Organization is too often overlooked.
Since you are shooting for a modern “bachelor pad” rather than a musty “man cave”, you want to be able to store personal items out of sight and keep the place free of clutter.
Bachelor Pad Color Schemes
Color sets the tone for your new home.
What colors do you like?
What colors best suit the place?
Include three colors and consider how much natural light your new bachelor pad gets. If you go with dark colors, break them up with some lighter shades.
Bachelor Pad Decor Selection
Mix high- and low-priced items throughout your new home.
For example; Spruce up an inexpensive living room chair with some custom embroidered pillows.
Get Creative with Wall Coverings
You can play with different textures.
For example; You could have fabric covering some of the walls, instead of paper or paint.
Bachelor Pad Decor Diversity
Don’t buy in bulk from one big-box store.
If you want your place to reflect you, piece it together yourself.
Shop in different places, including large chain-stores, locally owned stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Be sensible about it – you may want a lamp from a flea market or a garage sale, but probably not your mattress.
Bachelor Pad Custom Lighting
Strategize the way you use lighting.
Choose different lighting options for different areas (ceiling, floor, table lamps). You can easily install and use dimmers and LED bulbs. Both will help you save energy, electricity cost, and create more of an atmosphere.
Find Your Own Bachelor Pad Style
Consider mixing styles from different periods.
For example; Modern and Traditional.
You could have an antique or vintage desk and a modern desk chair.
Mind Your Interior Design Budget
You need to splurge wisely.
Invest in pieces that are necessary and can “make a room” that is important to you.
Tips for Decorating Your New Place
The Bachelor Pad Hallway
A mirror will give the illusion of a larger space.
It will also allow you a final check-up to ensure that you are well put together before walking out the door.
The Bachelor Kitchen
Master chef or take-out buff?
Depending on your answer, your kitchen could be near-professional grade or only house the essentials.
Either way, go for a sleek, decluttered look, especially if it’s an open plan kitchen.
The Bachelor Pad Dining Room
Dedicate an eating space.
Create a place to sit and eat that is not a coffee table – this will be good for entertaining comfortably too.
In small spaces an extendable table, a few chairs (as few as two), and some folding chairs for extra seats (when you need them) can do the trick.
The Bachelor Pad Living Room
Perfect your seating.
In your new living room, create a good seating arrangement that doesn’t necessarily include a sectional couch.
For example; You could have a combination of sofa and armchairs or ottomans. Some ottomans can make for good storage and they can serve as impromptu tables if you slap a table cloth and some trays on top.
Blend-in your electronics with the furniture.
Towering entertainment units don’t say “cool” anymore.
Opt for non-invasive flat screen TV set that you can mount on the wall, or place on top of furniture and blend in with other accessories, maybe even some plants.
You can help hide some of your electronics and wires with a hearty personal library. Well-stocked bookshelves help make a place warm and interesting. Especially in a bachelor pad.
Show off the fact that you’re a well-read, modern man and personalize the shelves with objects that are meaningful to you, such as souvenirs from travels or mementos of your childhood.
The Bachelor Pad Home Office
Include a desk.
Whether you work from home or not, consider having a desk and chair as part of your home décor. If you do work from home, you may want your desk in a spot where you can enjoy natural light while you work.
If you have a smaller bachelor pad then you don’t need to dedicate an entire room to your home office, but the modern man should always be ready to handle some business in a professional manner.
The Bachelor Pad Bedroom
Get your beauty sleep.
Invest in a good mattress and at least one set of quality sheets (natural fibers, high thread count) – both elements will impact the quality of your sleep!
The Bachelor Pad Bathroom
Wash up in style.
Make your bathroom comfortable, for you and possible guests.
Keep it tidy and ultra clean. Depending on budget, arrangements can range anywhere from jets in the shower to a simpler shower bench.
Include a vanity – if your bathroom walls are strong enough, choose a floating vanity – and dress it up with a nice mirror and lights. Create a shave area, for example with an extensible mirror mounted on the wall.
Experiment with repurposing.
For example; An old wooden ladder could serve as a towel rack.
Finishing Touches for a Modern Man’s Bachelor Pad
Drape it up.
Maybe add some curtains in your bedroom and living room (memo: they’re not just for women).
Choose fabrics and shades that match your color scheme and overall style. The curtains can be subtle or an accent piece. They can be window treatments or an alternative to doors.
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