Every eligible bachelor’s home should represent who they are. People should be able to get a feel for your personality, style, and maybe even your hobbies when they pay you a visit. It might sound like a lot to think about, but decorating your living space certainly doesn’t have to be a difficult process. You just have to ensure you create somewhere you’re proud to call home.
Here are my five top tips for creating the perfect bachelor pad that will be the envy of all your friends.
Decide what style of home you want
Before you even consider looking at paint samples or picking out rugs, you need to think about what you want your home to look like.
You have an endless list of options. Do you want to have a large, minimalist space with plenty of room to entertain? Would you prefer your home had a modern or rustic look? These are the kinds of questions you need to be asking yourself.
If you’re not entirely sure what you would prefer, try creating a mood board using Pinterest. This will allow you to collect inspirational images of interior design ideas from across the internet. If you devote some time to compiling these, you’ll soon get a sense of what you like and how you envisage your ideal home.
Nothing screams “I’ve got my life together” like a home furnished with bespoke pieces. Of course, getting everything designed for you can get expensive, so it’s wise to opt for one or two statement pieces to begin with. Then, you can expand your collection over time.
If the living room is the heart of your home, consider starting here. When investing in bespoke pieces, you want them to look fantastic for as long as possible, so it’s wise to opt for something with a timeless design, like a Chesterfield sofa from Sofas by Saxon. Every single piece of furniture they sell is hand-crafted using high quality materials, and will last for decades.
Alternatively, if you would rather concentrate on furnishing your bedroom, treat yourself to a custom-made bed. One with a four-poster design from somewhere like Revival Beds would look fantastic, and simply waking up in one each morning will have you feeling like a king.
Investing in lighting
Poor fluorescent lighting will ruin even the most beautiful of interiors. So, if you want your home to seem as welcoming as possible, look into updating yours.
Simply adding a dimmer switch to your lights will give you a lot more options, and better yet, it’s very easy to do without the help of an electrician. Dummies has a great 9-step guide to replacing a light switch with a dimmer, which you can follow to do it yourself.
As well as this, you should scatter a number of lamps around your home so you can change the lighting depending on the occasion. This means you’ll be able to get the ambience just right, whether you have friends over to watch a film or you’re cooking a romantic dinner for someone special.
Get a bar cart
Every bachelor needs their own bar cart — they look great and make fantastic talking points. Plus, having one will ensure you’re ready to entertain at the drop of a hat. Wayfair has a great selection of bar and serving carts that would work very well, whatever the occasion.
Of course, it’s not enough to just have a bar cart — you’ll also need to stock it. Start by buying base spirits that you’re familiar with, and know you can use in cocktail recipes. These will be the likes of whisky, gin, vodka, and rum. If you want to add something or try a new recipe, experiment with some smaller bottles first to ensure nothing goes to waste.
To complete the look (and functionality) of your bar cart, you’ll also need a collection of special glasses, and some cocktail-making tools.
Always be ready to entertain
If you want to become a great host, you need to be ready to entertain at all times, and you have a lot of options when choosing how you’re going to make this happen. Perhaps you’ll set up a home cinema with a fantastic entertainment system that you and your friends can enjoy. Or, maybe you’ll invest in some vintage arcade games that everyone will love. It’s entirely up to you, but it’s important that your visitors are always entertained — it’s your duty as an eligible bachelor.
Follow these tips for creating the perfect bachelor pad and you’ll have a beautiful home in no time. And, who knows — your newfound flair for interior design could impress someone so much that you’ll have to relinquish your bachelor status! Fancy a lazy day in your pad, check out my post.