Bachelor Pad Design Ideas

Posted by BedfordBrooks in Design Tips on Jan 26th, 2015

A bachelor pad offers a truly unique opportunity to design a living space that’s all your own. With just a little extra effort you can organize you space to suit your needs to a T.

Bachelor Pad Design Tips

Your home is a reflection of yourself, and décor should be noticeably you!

Here are a few design tips to get you started:

  • Decoration
  • Posters tacked up to the wall might have worked great in the dorm room, but it’s time to upgrade. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford expensive art or large photo prints, you can make a huge difference just by buying some frames for your posters.

    Choose visually appealing ones – think classic film, graphic designs or concert posters – and hang them in matching frames. Despite how different the posters themselves may be from one to the next, having similar frames will create a clean and consistent look to the room.

  • Lighting
  • Cold, sterile fluorescent lighting isn’t doing any favours to your room’s ambiance. The harsh brightness of fluorescents tend to give everything an unnatural glow, and can amplify the appearance of any dust in the area.

    Take the time to find some nice, unique lighting fixtures. If you are short on available floor and table space, then ceiling and wall-mounted lighting are great choices.

    Consider have a dimmer switch for easy access to any mood setting.

  • Dining
  • If you’re accustomed to eating alone in front of your computer screen or hunched over the coffee table, you might not know what you’re missing with a proper dining table.

    Even a small one makes a big impact on a room. It will make dining with guests much more pleasant and help you make a better impression on guests visiting for the first time.

    For an industrial-chic look, you can create an easy DIY dining table out of reclaimed wood and metal plumbing piping.

  • Seating
  • You have to find your balance between personal relaxation and entertaining guests.

    If it’s going to be mostly ‘me time’ in your area, you’ll want to give priority to comfort. However, this doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Find a rich coloured leather recliner to use as a centrepiece of your TV room.

    If you frequently entertain, make sure to have a variety of seating options. In either case, the stereotypical oversized sectional might not be the best choice.

  • Books
  • A nice bookcase to display your book collection (and yes, even bachelor pads should have books) is a great way to bring an element of sophistication to your apartment.

    To add a little variety to the overall texture, display a few picture frames on the shelves as well.

  • Curtains
  • Plain white venetian blinds can have a rather institutional feel. If you still like the functionality of that style of blinds, look into wooden ones. The natural tones will really bring some warmth to your room.

    High-quality fabric curtains can be even better. The range of colour and pattern possibilities are endless, so you are sure to find some that fit your décor.

    Bonus: Curtains don’t need to be only for windows. You can use long curtains to section off areas of a room, or conceal storage areas for a cleaner look.