Does your living space feel like a home? Get inspired with these 15 bachelor pad ideas that are perfect for the modern man.
You might have your own space, but how can you make it feel like it’s your own? When it comes to designing your bachelor pad, the opportunities are endless, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming, to begin with — that’s what we’re here for!
Whether you’re moving into a bachelor pad, or simply looking to switch around your current place a little, you need to check out our great ideas below for inspiration. Keep reading, and you can create the bachelor pad of your dreams.
1. Use Black
With its boldness, black adds a certain timeless masculine quality to any living space.
A black leather sofa is one way to make a statement, while you could look for a sleek black table or shelving unit for a refined effect. While you won’t want the entire place to be dark, some black here and there can definitely stand out and make your pad look great.
2. Be Consistent, but Matching Isn’t Necessary
You don’t need to buy matching furniture sets and make your pad look like a showroom or something from a catalog, but everything should combine to make a consistent theme or harmonize together.
Decide on a color palette, and think about where you can use the same materials and designs again in your bachelor pad as it’ll make it look a whole lot better!
3. Show off Your Interests
This is your space — what do you want it to say about you? Don’t be afraid to personalize your bachelor paid, so you could put collectibles or memorabilia on shelves or in cabinets, for example.
Remember — when designing your place, the only thing stopping you is you!
4. Consider Tall Storage
Whether you’ve got a lot of stuff of your own, or you’re a single dad in a bachelor pad and you’ve got your kids’ things to store, think height when it comes to storage.
You’ll get to keep more floor space free, and taller storage options can look great in your home too.
5. Neutral Colors
Each different color comes with various connotations. Some are thought of as masculine, others feminine. Some bold, others understated.
Neutral colors like gray often look great as the primary color when decorating a bachelor pad, but don’t be afraid to complement with yellows, greens, or blues for a little variety.
6. Go Vintage
If vintage is your thing, you can go wild with classic pieces from decades gone by.
You might be able to pick up some second-hand bargains for a real unique feel — the right vintage item can be a fantastic conversation starter, and make your home feel like it’s your own too.
7. Explore Geometry and Shape
There’s a lot that you can do with geometry and shape, from thick bold lines to distinctive accents to make an emphatic statement.
You can incorporate geometric designs into literally any part of your decorating too, from what’s on the walls to chairs, tables, and the rest of your furniture!
8. Make Your Bedroom Personal
You might not want to express yourself fully in your living area, particularly if the kids are often round or you’re hosting friends for the big game.
If that’s the case, keep your bedroom as a sanctuary. Make it as personal as you like, and do exactly what you want to do with it — it’s your own private area.
9. Be Patient
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Perhaps you’re going through the divorce process, looking for help with child support, and juggling childcare with decorating.
Maybe you don’t have kids, but you simply can’t afford to decorate the home of your dreams straight away.
Don’t buy the cheapest items that you land on first after a quick online search. Look around, as you might find something great where you least expect it. Don’t be afraid to save up either — it’ll be worth it in the end when your bachelor pad looks amazing!
10. Incorporate Wood
One option for your bachelor pad is to go for a rustic, woodsy style.
There are so many different types of wood, in various shades, so you’re sure to find something that complements the rest of your bachelor pad.
For example, you may decide on reclaimed-oak paneling, or go for cherry wood for a dark, luxurious look.
11. Showcase Art
A few pieces of artwork here and there in your bachelor pad will make you look — and feel — like a man with taste.
There’s artwork to suit every budget, and you could go for something abstract or something that reflects an interest or passion — it’s up to you! You could keep pieces of art together as a mini collection or accent your pad with it in various locations.
12. Wall Decals
If you’ve got a lot of empty space on large walls, wall decals can brighten them up while adding a touch of character to your home.
There are numerous designs available so look online to see what’s out there — no matter your tastes and interests, you should find something that’s right for you. Alternatively, you could design your own, but be aware that this could be more expensive.
13. Consider Lighting
Lighting is something that’s easy to forget, but it’s definitely important! What lighting should I choose?
Go for warmer incandescent or LED lights, and ideally, they should be adjustable with dimmers. Your bulbs should help a temperature of around 2,000 to 3,000K for a homely feel — stay away from fluorescent lighting, as it can prompt headaches and discomfort.
14. Try Animal Print
Have you considered using a touch of animal print? It might not instantly spring to mind when you’re thinking about decorating your place, but it can look really effective so there’s no harm in going a little wild!
Even just an animal-print rug would be enough.
15. Think Minimalist
Yes, your bachelor pad is a place for you and your things, but you don’t want it to look like a glorified storage space with things scattered around everywhere.
Keep some of your favorite items on display, and put others away in cupboards so your place looks reasonably tidy and doesn’t feel too overwhelming.
Personalizing Your Bachelor Pad
These are just some of the things that you can do with your bachelor pad to make it look great, but it’s up to you! The sky’s the limit, so think about what you’d like your place to look like, and go wild! There’s nothing stopping you.
If you’re looking for more lifestyle advice, don’t forget to check out the rest of our posts for inspiration.