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Decking Out A Bachelor Pad

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Women usually dominate the realm of interior design, but that doesn’t mean that guys can’t have their own well-designed and attractive homes. Decor for a male space, however, can be quite difficult; pastel-colored walls and fancy trinkets are seen more as emasculating than elegant. Florals and intricate patterns are out of the question, yet the space must somehow be made vibrant and interesting. As you can see, creativity is a crucial element when decorating a masculine room.

Start by browsing through magazines to get ideas on how to decorate your space. If you’re really allergic to anything floral and frilly, don’t bother going through those hyper-trendy publications. Go with magazines that you would actually buy and enjoy reading yourself. Even male interest magazines occasionally feature tips and guides on how to decorate an interior. Ideas, though, can come from anywhere. Even the backdrops and scenes they use for print ads can become the inspiration for your new space.

Ideas for designing a bachelor’s pad can be from magazines, TV programs, exhibits and showrooms. The choices are numerous, even those catering for men’s taste in home interiors. Don’t be discouraged by the promulgation of frills, satins, lace, light colors and other feminine displays in the market. There are still many specially made to make a man’s home look more appealing.

Floor to ceiling would be the best path for a guy to take when decorating any room. Prioritize comfort in your decor, so choose a material that you’ll enjoy feeling against your feet. Plain, solid colored rugs are best because they go with just about anything. White or cream rugs are particularly elegant, especially when paired with a dark or industrial themed room. If you’re not the diligent type when it comes to cleaning, though, dark rugs might be a wiser idea to make dirt less obvious.

Once you’ve got the floor set up, paint should be the next item on your list. It’s the quickest way to change the mood in any room, especially if you’re trying to convert an overly girls room into a simpler, more serious one. Solid colors are the best idea because they easily work with other visual elements, and the right shade of certain colors can create the right energy and ambiance in a room. Dark greens and light browns, for example, simulate the earthy feel of the outdoors, while deep reds and light blues capture a more formal feel. Keep away from bus patterns and intricate wallpapers that can make a room look busy and dated.

Remember that too masculine rooms can actually appear bland. Colors and decors can bring out the best in a room, so don’t hesitate to use items that can help brighten the space. Throw pillows for the sofa, curtains for the windows, smaller area rugs, drapes for chairs, etc. can soften the look of the place without sacrificing the macho image you want to convey.

Finally, decorate your pad with personal items. It’s not exactly being sentimental as often associated with women. It’s transforming your place into your home. Photos, paintings, souvenir items and such things can tell something about you. Hence, it’s not going home to a bar, museum or sports hang-out but to a real HOME. Make your place cozy and inviting, and you’ll find your bachelor’s pad a welcoming respite from all your manly pursuits.

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