The term “bachelor pad” often stirs up visions of neon signs, broken-in recliners and fully stocked mini fridges. You might call this post a PSA to make that notion a thing of the past. You might also call this post a roadmap to creating a sophisticated space that’s both masculine and welcoming. A space that elevates what it means to live in an apartment as a young, single man – versatile enough to entertain in style but also relax and kick back in comfort.
Keep the larger pieces neutral
An easy way to ensure overall cohesion and flow in your space is to keep the larger furniture pieces neutral. Introduce color in the smaller-ticket items. Pillows, throws and curtains are easy and inexpensive swaps if you start to grow tired of a particular color.
Let texture and pattern dominate
Menswear-inspired fabrics are one of our favorite ways to add interest and infuse a space with an undeniably masculine edge. Rich leathers and hides are also great textile choices that have sophisticated appeal.
Use adaptable furniture
Getting furniture that can multitask is a great way to give your space the flexibility it needs for any situation. Something that can be a side table in one instance and a seat in another gives a bachelor ultimate versatility without clutter.
In a well-tailored apartment, less is often more. That’s not to say that you can’t collect – display your collections neatly so that they become conversation pieces rather than obstacles.
Going bold with a mix of dark and light pieces is a great way to give your apartment a little bit of edge, even if you’re working with small quarters. Dark pieces can work to anchor a space and give it some weight while the lighter pieces balance and complement.
Opt for clean lines
Contemporary furnishings with sleek, modern silhouettes are an easy way to ensure the space feels streamlined and uncluttered. This will also lay the groundwork for any conversation pieces you want to add in as the room evolves.
Impress your guests with a fully outfitted bar
Take your hosting game to the next level by supplying your bar with all the tools, liquors and specialty glassware you’ll need to whip up any cocktail, any time.
Invest in real bedding
One thing that will set any man apart is a proper bed outfitted with sheets, duvet and duvet cover, and decent pillows. There is nothing worse than bedding that looks like it traveled straight from the college dorm room. No need to get fancy in the design department here, though. Our best advice is to get simple, all white bedding with a high thread count. Second date: guaranteed.
Same concept goes for the bathroom
Ensure your bathroom is equipped with all the essentials that will make your guests feel comfortable. Two major things on this list that often get passed by are proper hand towels and soap.