The joy of living on your own – freedom, personalisation, mess, creativity, and more. However, with the freedom to conceptualise your ideal home space comes self-limitations in experimentations. Bogged down by stereotypical man cave imagery commonly showcased by the media, one cannot help but visualise a bachelor in Malaysia living in a home decked out with leather sofas, makeshift bars, and lounge chairs. But designing a cool bachelor pad for any modern-day man is more than abiding by the traditional masculine style. Putting a contemporary twist on the standard bachelor pad design rulebook and injecting your own personality into it is crucial. Need some inspiration? We cover a few design ideas in this article to get your creative juices flowing.
One of the first few steps to all interior design project is choosing the right colour scheme for your home. Whether you are looking to follow the latest colour trends or simply stick to your gut, there are a few colour “rules” to consider for your abode.
A Simple Palette
Thinking of choosing a masculine colour like brown or black? Surely, a dark space may look dramatic and ooze mystery, but a sleek modern home can venture beyond these colours. Keep the space looking bright, inviting, and expansive with a simple neutral colour palette. If you are looking to add a splash of colour to animate the room, you do not have to go wild with colours. Instead, try adding prints, patterns, and contrasting hues in the most unnoticeable and understated ways with your living room furniture. Think delicate piping details seen on the Charles dining chair and textured upholstery used in the Dansk fabric sofa
There is no denying that black is the toughest, coolest, and most versatile colour. For a touch of sophistication and charm, have a dark feature wall that will draw the eyes to one area of the room. This is a neat trick, especially if working with a small space. It distracts the eyes and daws attention to one specific location.
When it comes to designing a home that radiates masculine energy, there are two core materials that come to mind: leather and wood.
One of the classic must-haves, a material you can’t run away from when sprucing up a bachelor’s home, is leather. Be it a boldly upholstered leather sofa or leather stool, there are various shades and textures to choose from. For visual interest, select leather in a unique colour like the wine red Korus leather sofa. Alternatively, you could go for novelty pieces like the deep-buttoned Chester leather stool.
Capable of adding warmth to any space, wood also brings in a rustic air. From varnished to untreated wood, there are several colours and finishes to choose from. Take things up a notch and combine both leather and wood to exude luxury – try paring leather sofas with a wooden coffee table.
A bachelor pad and fun are synonymous with each other. So make space for entertainment! Ensure that your TV is installed at the right height with a TV console. To showcase your personality, you can also install conversational art pieces. To get more out of these art pieces, opt for functional ones. Instead of a regular TV console, go for a TV display cabinet that has more architectural depth like the Studio TV console.
Design rules and elements aside, ultimately, a bachelor pad is one that breathes practicality. From flooring and types of sofa to other living room furniture choices, maintenance should be at the forefront of your design thought process. Stick to interior design themes that are built on the idea of optimal durability and practicality – like industrial interior designs. For the best types of furniture, choose upholstery that is easy to clean, like leather. FabricGard offered by Cellini is also a good option if considering a fabric sofa.
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