If you see yourself being home alone for the foreseeable future, now is a good time to give your home a functional and aesthetic upgrade. Since COVID-19 will be with us for the long haul, our bachelor pads need to be a place of pride, comfort, and convenience as we navigate the pandemic. If you want to give your home a sprucing up this 2021, here are some stylish and sophisticated bachelor pad trends and designs to try.
Light, airy, and simple
When we hear the term bachelor pad, we often conjure up images of dark and moody rooms with black or brown leather accents. Why not try to subvert what is commonly considered masculine in architectural spaces and go for a lighter, brighter, and airier look?
If your house or unit has been blessed with plenty of windows, ditch the blackout drapes for more sheer ones to let the warmth of the sun into your home. Opt for a neutral, warm, and earthy color palette for your interiors, and choose white or pastel colors for your walls to let the light bounce. Invest in some houseplants as well. “Bachelor pad” doesn’t always have to mean black and dark, and opting for the brighter, minimalist trend might be what you need to improve your mental health this year.
Dark and moody
On the flip side, dark and moody don’t have to mean gloomy and miserable when done right. Here are some tips for achieving an atmospheric bachelor pad:
- Choose a color palette of navy blue and gray, with moments of warmth through the furniture pieces and other design elements. Follow the 60-30-10 rule in interior design: 60 percent for the main color of the room, which is navy to gray. 30 percent for the secondary color, which could be the bed linens, accent chairs, pieces of furniture, or an accent wall. This should be a warm color—something like a taupe or a cream. The remaining 10 percent must go to the accent color, or for the artwork, throw pillows, and other decorative elements that are smaller. This could be the lamps on your nightstand or printed fabric on the larger pieces.
- Break up the monotony and darkness by adding an unexpected twist, like a neon light in the kitchen area or the living room. It will help liven up the darkness of your space and add a fun layer of lighting.
- Add big plants to define two different areas. You can place them in between your bed and reading area or between your living room and kitchen.
Nothing says bachelor’s pad more than your very own locker room. It can simply be a walk-in closet designed to look more like a locker room by adding two long seating shelves facing each other. You also don’t need actual lockers; opt for open shelves to gain easier access to your clothes and shoes and keep the “locker room” looking open. You can also incorporate some leather accents, sleek surfaces, and smooth wooden fixtures to prevent the locker room from looking like the one you use at the gym and to give it a little more oomph.
Since going to the movies is still a no-no for as long as the pandemic rages on, investing in the entertainment system in your bachelor’s pad is the best way to enjoy some of the biggest blockbusters in the world. You can invest in a modern L-shaped sectional sofa so you can have more friends over. Instead of a big TV, go for a big projector to replicate the look and feel of being in a movie house.
Industrial-style interior decor is all about using plenty of textures and a natural, earthy color palette. This style is marked by rich colors that include neutral and earthy browns with black and white. It’s also best achieved by combining rustic and modern design elements to recreate a warehouse’s atmosphere—albeit an aesthetically pleasing one.
Black metals are also one of the key features of an industrial-style interior, which is why working with specialists like SFab Engineering will help you achieve the look you’re going for. Their skilled team of fabricators and welders can help provide you with the elements you need to enhance the loft-like feel and atmosphere in your living space.
The Bottom Line
There’s no better time than now to elevate your way of living by sprucing up your home. Invest in your pad to give yourself a place of comfort and fun during the COVID-19 crisis.