The saying goes, "A man's home is his castle," so when it comes to decorating your living space, you want it to look great and be super comfortable. You also want your friends, family and female guests to be impressed and feel relaxed and cozy while visiting. But what if you don't have a lot of money? That's ok! You can furnish and decorate on a budget.
Decorating a bachelor pad doesn't have to be difficult and it certainly doesn't have to be expensive. If you're on tight budget, you'll just have to put extra thought and creativity into decorating, but if money's no object, you have the luxury of shopping for furnishings and accessories without price constantly weighing on your mind.
If you follow some of our suggestions, you can rest assured your bachelor pad will be a place you and your guests will really enjoy spending time.
Isn't My Poster of Pamela Anderson Decorating?
Before we get into how to decorate, let's cover how NOT to decorate as some guys tend to think that hanging a Scarface movie poster with thumbtacks and building a pyramid of beer cans is decorating.
Putting a pillow over the pizza grease stain on your couch is not decorating nor is hanging a picture of Mom over the hole you punched in the wall because you lost pocket aces to trip three's on the river. Those tactics may be OK if you're still in college, but you're grownups now, guys, so let's put some effort into making your home your castle.
Your bachelor pad should be decorated how you want it to be decorated, but use good judgment. Can you really be comfortable in a cluttered, dirty home or apartment? Is that really how you want to live? You want to create a living space you can be proud of and here's how.
10 Bachelor Pad Decorating Tips
- Eliminate items/furnishings you will never use to make room for new stuff you will use. If you don't cook, do you really need all those pots and pans you've borrowed from Mom and Sis over the years?
- Keep things neat and uncluttered. Eliminating knick knacks, fake plants and drapes minimizes dust and creates a clean, sleek look.
- Simple is better/less is more. You don't need a big, bulky shower curtain; choose a lighter one that's easy to clean and/or replace.
- Buy furnishings that double as storage space such as footlockers that can be coffee tables.
- Choose items that express who you are; don't decorate to please others. If you want all black leather furniture, then buy all black leather furniture.
- Repaint dull, dreary walls with a color you really love. Light colors provide the illusion of a large space and brighten up rooms. Here is a painting tip from the website askmen.com: "Acrylic paints are relatively inexpensive, easy to apply, and don't smell, making them the perfect choice. Make sure, however, to use a medium- to high-gloss finish such as a pearl finish for the kitchen; it's easy to clean and resists the elements and climate of a kitchen."
- Hang artwork and photos that you love and that express you who are.
- Try to stick with a theme throughout your home.
- Utilize a variety of lighting as a bright living space is warm and inviting.
- Be proud of your living space and make it your own. If you need help making decisions, ask for it, but always go with your gut decision.
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posted on 2/1/2013