Bachelor pads have a reputation of being either extremely stark or on the mismatched messy side, so we have put together this bag of tricks to help refine the man den. The home entertainment zone is ever present in a bachelor pad, so get it right with enough stylish storage to house all your gadgets, and always hide away ugly wiring. If you’re not a collector of knickknacks, textured wall panels add personality to a living space, though do try to break up collections of books with some softer forms to create a more visually pleasing shelf display. Plenty of shelving for music and magazines keeps the place tidy and organized, and smart storage hides away junk in a flash, choose furniture of just a few shades for a pulled together cohesive look.
Furniture pieces should not hug the walls or be condemned to one level. Move the sofa toward the centre room, it actually creates the illusion of a larger space, and don’t forget to utilize the full height of your room with wall mounted units.
Photographs and artwork personalize a home, and plants always soften a space, making it look lived in and looked after.
Never underestimate the power of layering; neat layering builds a homely feel, so add a rug beneath a coffee table and a few cushions to the sofa to add warmth and pops of color.
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Don’t forget to scatter around a couple of lamps too, so that you don’t always have the overhead lights beaming, and can enjoy softer mood lighting.
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