You are a competent single man who knows what he wants and how to get it. You know what you like and dress for success. You have confidence in your work and personal life. Now, it’s time to get that bachelor pad to be a reflection of your style and abilities. That first apartment vibe isn’t trendy and your home can be so much more.
Embrace Your Collections and Hobbies
Your home doesn’t have to look like your high school bedroom in order to show your personality, hobbies, and collections. There are stylish, sophisticated ways to display almost anything, from your childhood rock collection to that pile of movie posters you have in your back closet. Consider what you want to display, what makes you feel happy and comfortable, and what displays your personality. Then figure out how to incorporate it into your décor without it looking like you’ve been transported back to your 16-year-old self’s bedroom.
Dress up Your Game Room
It isn’t a bachelor pad without a game room, or at least a game area. This doesn’t have to look like an operations center from the CIA. Get a sophisticated desk or display center and keep it clean and organized. Tuck those cables away and use storage for your small items and controllers. Sophisticated, modern-looking seating with an area rug or coffee table can help this look like a great place to hang out.
Art and Décor
Don’t neglect to add art and décor to your rooms. You know what you like and the feeling you want to incorporate into your home. With that knowledge, you can consider a piece of art or sculpture and ask yourself if it fits your goals. If you are unsure, look for inspiration in pictures online. Find a room you love, and shop for artwork that is similar. Artwork and décor items are easy to change out if you don’t like them, so it’s a great place to start on your journey to a more stylish pad.
A Kitchen Worth Cooking In
The kitchen is the heart of any home, even a bachelor pad. Whether you cook once a week or every night, your kitchen should be a place where you feel at home and happy. A modern, stylish kitchen can raise your home’s value, but more importantly, it can be a place where you feel happy and enjoy working. You can bring your personality to the room and own it by implementing stylish touches. Do you love color? Consider incorporating splashes of color, such as bright artwork, blue walls, or green range hoods. Do you prefer more muted and understated rooms? Keep your counters clear of clutter and consider painting cupboards white or gray. Do you prefer a modern look? Try stylish, modern LED fixtures and shiny stainless steel appliances.
When trying to show your sense of style, consider your clutter. If you have unnecessary items you never use, it might be time for a decluttering session. Clutter detracts from the appearance of your home, makes it harder to clean, and decreases your mental focus and acuity. Declutter to find freedom from your stuff!
If you have things you need to keep but don’t know where to store, it might be time for an organizing session along with decluttering. Consider purchasing extra storage that still looks attractive, like a couch or coffee table with hidden storage, or a dresser or side table with drawers.
Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Don’t get stuck using only neutrals in your space. While it can be intimidating to add splashes of color, they can bring a sense of vibrancy and modernity into your home. Don’t feel like you need to stick with dark colors and wood tones to add a masculine touch to the rooms. Your home should be an extension of yourself, so don’t be afraid to incorporate touches of your favorite colors.
Consider a Study
The old-fashioned study was always a great idea. If you want a place to read, have quiet conversations, relax next to the fire, or store your book collection, consider creating a study. This doesn’t have to be your grandpa’s office with leather and dark paneling. Picture a room with modern stylish furniture, a practical desk with a few decorations that show your style, and a few bookshelves housing your collection. If you work from home at all, it’s important to have an area dedicated to work and away from the distractions of your main living areas.
A Sanctuary for Sleep
Don’t neglect your bedroom. Studies show that people who sleep in peaceful, clutter-free rooms sleep better. Ideally, keep your electronics and gaming systems out of the bedroom, or at least out of your bed. Make your sleeping area a sanctuary with calming colors, airy spaces, and features that show off your style. Your sanctuary can be calming and serene while still being masculine. Consider purchasing modern, simple furniture that can be a canvas for your room. Don’t neglect the bedding which, in many rooms, takes up most of the space. Simple bedding can still look sophisticated and modern. Don’t forget the artwork in grown-up frames (no poster frames, please!).