The bachelor pad is a living space designed for men who want a masculine and trendy look. Bachelor pads have stylish furniture and cool decorations such as leather couches, entertainment centers, unique wall art, stocked bars and awesome lighting fixtures. If you’re looking to put a modern and fashionable twist on classic manly décor, there are several ways to decorate a bachelor pad.
To inspire you, we’ve compiled examples of the best bachelor pad ideas. From your home to apartment, this guide will help you find cool men’s décor for your space.
Bachelor Pad Ideas
Feature A Leather Couch
Some materials are inherently masculine and leather easily tops the list. Leather furniture can be used to instantly create a masculine feel in a guy’s home or apartment. According to DesignIdeasGuide, you’ll find many different types of sofas to research and will likely want to lounge in style on an eye-catching brown or black leather couch, making it the focal point of your living area. If you can’t afford a couch, a leather armchair or love seat will achieve a similar effect.
You may also want to consider buying your statement piece second-hand. Leather couches are durable and timeless. You can stumble upon one in great condition at a yard sale or in a thrift store. Keep the rest of the living room furniture minimal and play with fabrics to make the couch snug. A couple of throw pillows and a blanket in a neutral color will dress it up.
Design An Entertainment System
If you spend a lot of time watching TV or playing video games, an entertainment system should be a no-brainer. For guys who are good with their hands, build your own entertainment center to save cash. According to Spruce Crafts, there are several high-quality DIY entertainment center plans you can find online for a simple and stylish design. Otherwise, look for options that are sturdy enough to store your TV, gaming system, CD collection, and sound system.
Nothing screams messy like a bunch of tangled cables gathering dust on the living room floor. If all else fails, hide them under the carpet or anchor them to the back of the furniture using adhesive hooks.
Decorate Your Bedroom
The bedroom in your bachelor pad should be the most important space to invest your time and money. A guy’s bedroom is his own personal oasis. The bed may be the focal point of the room, but everything else is just as important. Add a couple of plants to the space, purchase quality sheets, and embrace the “less is more” mentality.
A minimalist bedroom is a tidy and inviting bedroom. A bed, nightstand, closet, and a comfy armchair are all you need. Store your knick-knacks elsewhere.
Use Masculine Colors
Your apartment is a reflection of your personality and that applies to the wall paint you choose as well. Masculine colors well-suited for a polished bachelor pad include black, grey, and brown. Stick to a simple color scheme when picking out furniture and décor too for uniformity. You can add accessories in bold colors every here and there to break the visual monotony.
If you only have a small space to play with, go for neutral colors like beige or white for the walls. Your rooms will appear bigger.
Create A Bar Area
Setting up a bar area at home may feel decadent, but we all deserve the occasional indulgence. For those who love to entertain, a built-in bar can make an excellent addition to your living room. Otherwise, there’s no need to go overboard.
A well-stocked bar cart or even a side table or console can serve that function well. Set it up in your living room and you’ll always be able to treat yourself to a relaxing nightcap.
Invest In Cool Wall Art
The quickest way to add a touch of whimsy to your space is with wall art.
No need to worry: we’re not suggesting you start an art collection. Instead, find inexpensive prints on websites like Etsy. Don’t just stick them to the wall, however. Frame them and hang them in key areas of the house, like above the couch or in the hallway. You can do the same with photographs or paintings.
Alternatively, creating a gallery wall can be an ambitious weekend project. Always draw out a layout before you start hammering to avoid wall-damaging mistakes.
Incorporate Rugs In Your Living Room
Rugs make your home feel cozier. Plus, a patterned rug can bring a neutral room to life with minimal effort on your part. Opt for a big rug to bring the living room together or purchase an assortment of area rugs to highlight different sections of the room: the couch, the reading corner, the dining table.
For the bedroom, center a rug under the bed to achieve a sense of balance. You can also place a floor runner on one or both sides of the bed if bare floors are more up your alley.
Leverage Natural Light
A lot of first-time buyers and renters underestimate the importance of natural light. Don’t make this mistake. Healthline says that having plenty of natural light is beneficial for your mood and health as well as economical since you’ll save on electricity in the long run.
If your apartment doesn’t get enough natural light, maximize the small amount you get. Use light colors in your interior design scheme, decorate with mirrors, cover dark floors with rugs in lighter shades, and keep the shades open during the day.
Consider Wood Paneling
If you’re fan of the rustic aesthetic, try installing wood paneling to achieve that coveted mountain cabin look. Wood is a natural insulant and it helps you conceal any wall flaws. Moreover, it gives your home a warm finish.
Caution: wood paneling can appear dated if you don’t choose it carefully. Go with panels that have a sleek shape and finish. The materials don’t have to cover the entire wall either. You can put together a wall paneling backdrop for the couch or desk, for example.
Shop For Stylish Light Fixtures
Regardless of how much natural light the apartment gets, light fixtures are still a must. Ideally, each room should feature a combination of multiple light sources.
Besides the overhead light, get an assortment of floor lamps and side lamps so you can always adjust the amount of artificial light based on need. As a bonus, side lamps create a more intimate atmosphere.