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5 tips for designing the ultimate bachelor pad

14 Dec 2015

A bachelor pad is the one place where you’re free to do whatever you want and decorate however you please. However, with such freedom comes great responsibility as you don’t want to live in a décor nightmare either.

Buy a great music system and a good coffee machine.

So, to prevent this from happening, Karen Marsden, owner of Karen Marsden Interiors, shares tips on how to create a stylish and sleek bachelor pad. 

1. Cater for your needs

Everyone has different needs, and different spaces have different requirements. 

Karen says if you live alone, music is great company. She recommends a great music system and a good coffee machine (for those coffee lovers). And when it comes to choosing furniture, keep it uncluttered, modern and easy to maintain. 

2. Open up the space

Karen says if you’re living in a small space, and are looking for a way to make it seem bigger, make sure that it is not too ‘busy’. 

She says buy key pieces that make a wow statement. Also, when choosing furniture, she says make sure that it’s more contemporary and streamlined. Keep the lines simple and don’t use too many colours and finishes, she says. 

If you aren’t in a position to buy art, then paint your feature walls in a different colour. For example, shades of grey have a clean and modern feel.

Karen says mirroring walls is also a great way of opening up spaces.

3. Opt for affordable décor alternatives

Living on your own costs a bit of money, and there are times when decorating has to take a backseat to the more important aspects of living alone.

According to Karen, if you aren’t in a position to buy art, then paint your feature walls in a different colour. For example, she says shades of grey have a clean and modern feel. But, again don’t go overboard, be selective. 

She believes that one should rather buy fewer items and invest instead in something of great quality and build their collection up slowly.

4. Keep things trendy

Like any bachelor, you still want to remain on top of the trends.

Karen says fabrics that are resilient and easy to maintain are becoming more available. For instance, she says there are great polyester-based fabrics on the market that are soft and great to the touch. 

Fabrics that are resilient and easy to maintain are becoming more available. For instance, there are great polyester-based and mock leather fabrics on the market that are soft and great to the touch.

Incredible mock leather fabrics are also available, which again, are durable and comfortable. 

Karen says grey still continues to be ‘the new black’ although warm brown, caramel and cream tones are making a return, she says. These look awesome when mixed with rich jewel colours. 

5. Create comfort

It's equally important though that your home, while well-designed and polished, is comfortable, relaxing and homey.

Marsden says in order to do this, you should appeal to people’s senses.  She says great smells (candles and diffusers) from fresh flowers or plants always give a more homely feel. 

Personal items such as photographs often tell a lot about the person living there. “I also do not believe in over-styling - it needs to look like a home and not a hotel room. And lastly, ensure couches and all seating areas are comfortable and inviting.”
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