Men are often accused of all having the same decorating style: that is, having no style at all. Of course, we all know this is a generalization–there could be other factors that are contributing to your apartment’s lack of a decorating scheme, like being on a budget. Bachelor pad decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are plenty of cheap ways you can take your bachelor pad decor from college dorm (complete with neon beer signs) to a new standard of design that reflects your lifestyle as a true adult. Revamp your apartment with these simple tips:
Choose a Color Scheme
The first step to bachelor pad design is choosing a sophisticated color scheme–this means using something other than the colors of your favorite sports team. While there are certain obviously masculine colors like brown and black, it’s OK to get a little outside your comfort zone. If you’re going for something sleek and modern, consider a combination of red, white, silver and dark brown. For a more hunting-lodge feel, try brown, green, gray and navy.
While you and your John Belushi “Animal House” poster may have been through a lot together, it’s time to put up some more tasteful decorations. If you ever want a woman who sets foot inside your apartment to take you seriously, swap the neon beer sign for some vintage posters and black-and-white photographs. The key to making everything look more expensive than it actually is? Getting frames–stick with black to create a cohesive decorating scheme.
Keep it Simple
When it comes to finding your inner interior designer, just remember one rule: keep it simple. This decorating approach not only helps you stay under budget, it also will prevent you from making any glaring design mistakes. Not sure which curtains to get? Choose a solid color in a neutral hue, like black or cream. Struggling to pick out a shower curtain? Again, go with a solid color from your previously agreed upon color scheme. Sleek, clean lines are perfect for bachelor pad decorating because they give off an air of masculinity.
Appeal to the Senses
Sometimes, rearranging your apartment can make all the difference. Before you completely redecorate the place, decide which areas of your bachelor pad should be points of focus. If you have a fireplace, arrange the furniture so there’s a natural gathering space. If your apartment is on the 20th floor of a high-rise building and you have great views of the city, strategically place some chairs or ottomans so there’s a place to converse while you admire the cityscape.
Create Storage Space
Save your money by purchasing furniture that can double as storage space. From coffee tables with drawers to ottomans that have hollow spaces inside, you don’t need piles of plastic bins to keep your pad neat and tidy.