9 Ideas to Turn Your Bachelor Pad from Tacky to Classy

Having an XY chromosome doesn’t mean you shouldn’t or can’t have a bangin’ place. If decking out your home feels like a challenge, you’re in good company. Men, especially single men, often feel like they don’t or can’t spruce up their home. Bachelors everywhere wonder what they should do and ultimately do nothing.

If you’re one of the exceptions to this, we totally love you. For the rest of you, read on for some all too common mistakes that bachelor pads seem to have. We’ll help you figure out what you can change to make your bachelor pad a woman-winner, while still making it your own.

Avoid the Blues

While blue is typically the color associated with malehood, you don’t need to coat your place from top to bottom in blue to say a man lives here. Look at other male-centric colors like green, grey, black, taupe and yellow. We’re not saying skip blue entirely. If you really love blue and must have it, stick with accent pieces.

Decoholic

Spice Up Your Walls

All too often when we walk into a single man’s home, the walls are naked. Other times, we see leftover posters from their college days. Guys, you really need to class it up. Add some artwork to your walls. You don’t have to buy a $10,000 piece. There’s plenty of great art for well under $100. Go ahead and dress up your walls and leave the nakedness for the bedroom.

D Magazine

Ditch the Futon

There’s no reason to have a futon after college, much less well into your 30s. If you’re using it to sleep, buy a bed with a good quality mattress. Not only does it look nice, but it’s better for your back and overall health. Already have a bed and using the futon as a sofa? Ditch it. Invest in a quality sofa that can double as a bed. You’ll have a great looking piece and a place for your bros to crash when you all had a little too much fun that night.

WSJ

Ill Fitting Furniture

Maybe you’ve passed the futon stage and already have a sofa sitting in your living room. If it’s taking up all your square footage, it’s time to sell it and replace with a smaller version. Often times, guys will purchase a sectional that takes up most of the room’s footprint, cutting off the flow of the room. Sometimes it’ll just be a huge overstuffed sofa with a couple of overstuffed chairs that also block off most of the room. Again, sell what doesn’t work and replace with a more streamlined version that will make your place as pretty as any woman you’d want there.

Refinery29

Cover Your Windows

You have inexpensive plastic blinds and that’s enough, right? Wrong! Plastic blinds scream bachelor pad or newly divorced dad. Buy some simple drapes that you can hang from your windows. Pick a solid color or take a risk with stripes. Don’t forget that drapes come in singles so get two packages for the full pair.

The Pretty Blog

Add a Headboard

You’ve got yourself the bed and mattress. What about a headboard? A bed without a headboard looks unfinished. Finish off your bedroom and create a relaxing refuge away from the world. It doesn’t even have to be a real headboard. Just hang some old window frames on the wall behind your bed. Or show off your handyman skills and build a headboard from reclaimed lumber for some extra manly points.

Home My Design

Hide the Equipment

We know you’re all about your big screen TV and state-of-the-art stereo system and that’s awesome. But we don’t all need to see it out in plain view. There are great storage components to help you tuck away all that unsightly, yet fantastic theater equipment. If you’d like your TV out in the open, make it part of the setting by adding a bookcase or other furniture around it to help it blend in.

Monogram Decor

Forget the Bad Lighting

Overhead lighting isn’t always the sexiest. The light can be harsh and unforgiving, especially if it’s fluorescent lighting. If changing the overhead lighting to something softer is not an option, invest in table and floor lamps. They’ll create a warmer light that will set the mood.

Carla Aston

Throw in Some Personality

You have a personality so why not express it? It is your home, after all. Add some decorative accessories that speak to who you area. Photography buffs can add some vintage cameras. World travelers should include a variety of globes and maps around. Science nerds can place some quirky skeletons around. Regardless of what you’re into, make it yours. Your home is your home, not a showroom.

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Originally published at www.aptdeco.com.

Written by Susan Nathan

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