When it comes to bachelor pads, let us think of the first 5 things that usually come to mind. Chances are it is well within the sphere of black leather, remote controls, sports items, flea market furniture, and tacky artwork. (And we’re not even talking about crumpled up beer cans and cassette tapes that have not seen the light of day since the early ‘90s. Really, let’s not even go there!)
Well, it has been said that these “man caves” are supposed to be subliminally reminiscent of literal caves; hence, the palpable air of desolation. So it is very fortunate, indeed, that in this day and age, more and more men are finally getting over cave-living, and starting to embrace the finer things in life – like a well-decorated and functional home, for one. Here are 5 great ways to get you out of the Paleolithic era and straight into a handsome, modern, and functional space:
1. Avoid clichés.
Let’s face it – clichéd designs can be really trashy. Not only that, they get old really quickly, too. The truth is you will get tired of that leather sofa faster than you will care to admit, and you will wonder why you were so compelled to spend so much on a suede-covered end table. Then, give it just a few years (if you’re lucky), and you will find yourself seriously questioning your life choices when you get slapped by an insane re-upholstery bill.
So instead of going for so-called “masculine” fabrics and textures, go for unique materials that are just as guy-friendly. Heavier materials that are hardwearing like velvet, linen, and cotton/polyester blends are great alternatives because they are durable and a lot more affordable.
2. Colours are cool.
Contrary to popular belief, colors are not exclusively a woman’s domain. Men have the right to color, too, and we suggest that you use it. A neutral base like grey or brown is also a great choice. Take it up a notch by accentuating it with pops of bold reds, yellows, and greens. Blue is also a safe choice, but instead of using it as a base, use muted hues as accents to give it more mileage.
3. Invest in furniture.
And we mean actually buy furniture, not pick up one off the street. Start with a luxurious and comfortable sofa, and work your way up to staple pieces like armchairs, tables, bar stools – the works. Go for solid colors on staple pieces, so you can easily jazz it up with patterned throw pillows and blankets. Mix and match, and find the middle ground between modern and traditional. And by all means, don’t be too methodical! You are furnishing a home, after all, and not a showroom.
4. Treat your windows right.
Yet another common misconception is that curtains have to frilly and feminine, but really, they don’t have to be. In fact, window treatments are generally gender neutral. Plus, window treatments are functional in that they reduce noise pollution, insulate spaces, and control light. So really, this is one decorating opportunity that you shouldn’t miss out on.
For men, go for curtains with rough textures or those that feature a metallic sheen. Solid colors are always a safe bet, as well as bold prints like geometric patterns, tartans, and pinstripes. Tailored pleats also make them more interesting, and can really contribute to symmetry.
5. Light things up.
Lighting can go a long way in setting up the proper mood for any room. Which is why you probably should steer clear of fluorescent lighting because really, nobody is ever in the mood for “sterile.” Go for a mix of table lamps, floor lamps, and wall fixtures. Don’t just strew them about randomly, though. Your light sources need to be functional and with purpose, as well as warm and personal.