HOW TO DECORATE YOUR BACHELOR PAD

A new day, a new week and a fresh new interiors post. Today I wanted to take a look at something I’m asked a lot about – masculine decor. I have so many male friends who ask my opinion on how to decorate their homes and I’m a huge fan of masculine interior design – so much so I thought I’d pull together 15 different looks today to maybe inspire you if you’re looking to add a different feel to your home.

Let me start by saying you don’t have to actually be a man to enjoy this kind of decor. Hell to the no. Just as you don’t have to be female to favour pink and silk. There are no rules when it comes to interior design. I love elements of this look so much I’ve already started to incorporate them into my own home and I’m a single female with no signs of the male specie moving in.

You’ll often find masculine interiors in places such as hotels and receptions as they are far easier to create, as well as adding warmth and elegance to a space.

I’d say one of the most important points here is to try match your home to your wardrobe. If you’re a heritage kind of guy, with your Red Wings and Japanese selvedge denim, then translate this into your home with a beaten brown leather armchair, cow hide rug and vintage photography adorning the walls. If you’re more the contemporary, simple dresser then the cleanness of Scandinavian style might appeal to you.

 

Via: Hege In France

Via: The Cool Hunter // Interior Style Hunter

Investing in expertly crafted pieces of furniture really will make your space stand out for all the right reasons when visitors drop by. Whether that be a statement velvet mid-century modern armchair, or an robust industrial inspired dining table, try to buy pieces that will stand the test of time – heavier pieces of furniture often add an air of masculinity (that sounds super sexiest but you know what I mean). I absolutely adore the blue velvet bed above – don’t think just because it’s a masculine space, it needs to be all straight lines and squares because curves are perfect for this kind of room, so add coffee tables, side tables and even artefact’s and ornaments with sweeping lines to soften the overall feel.

Via: Elle Decoration

Via: Nepture // Pinterest

Colour obviously plays a key factor, with deep blues and grey tones working really with this kind of space, especially with the addition of brown leather as seen above. It’s essential, however, to use texture and interesting finishes to stop these colour scheme from looking too cold, so add fur throws, metallic fixtures, frosted glass, polished wood and rich velvets. Injections of bolder colours could also come from pieces of art you’ve collected or decorative items you want to show off such as a model plane or your collection of globes. Make sure you put your stamp on the joint.

Via: Shock Blast // 1st Dibs

Via: Swoonworthy

Via: The Ultra Linx // Design Father

One thing to consider is bringing the outside in, with nature at the front of your design choices – think untouched natural woods, perhaps hand crafted pieces of furniture, plant life, open spaces and unblocked windows to allow natural light to flood through. I love the idea of creating one wall in floor to ceiling doors to open in the summer and create one big space, but obviously building work is slightly on the more advanced stages of redecorating and needs so many considerations such as planning permission and getting the right insurance to cover any latent defects that might not have been discovered until this point. Still definitely something to consider if you want to create a larger, more open living, entertaining room.

Via: Dear Designer

Via: Dear Designer // Elle Decoration

So there you have it, just a couple of suggestions on how to create a more masculine interior and ways to potentially decorate your bachelor pad. Does this style of interior whet your decor appetite? I’d love to know what you think.

*Post in partnership with CRL

About the author

Victoria is the editor and founder of award-winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. When she’s not scouring Pinterest for the latest in home decor inspiration, she’s out shopping trying to recreate the looks herself.

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