by TJ AndersonWe work on new-construction and renovation projects in Nashville all the time, so home design concerns — paint colors, tile choices, kitchen finishes — are a big part of my life
5 Non Cheesy Ideas For Bachelor Pad Decor
Single dudes tend not to do much about home decor. To say the least. That's not only because the act of "decorating" can seem intrinsically womanly, but because it's overwhelming to single guys, especially because most of us just don't have much interest in it. A recent move to a condo made me rethink what matters most in my space. My conclusion: Keep it simple, but think in broad strokes--in other words, think paint, lighting, rugs, drapes, and seating. Sound obvious? Too often we can get caught up in all the details of decor, all the odds and ends. Breaking a room down into those five main components--and giving each of the components the attention it deserves--will guarantee that you're going to create a home, bachelor pad or not, that feels "just right" for you.
1) Paint.Stumped by all the paint colors out there? You're not alone. But don't even think about picking something right off the card from the paint aisle at Lowe's. There are way too many paint color photos online--and far too many experienced decorators who've already done the trial and error for you--to take a risk like that. My advice? Go dark. At least in one room in your home. Pick something rich and moody and pre-approved by someone who's used it (and loved it) before. Here are 6 dark paint color picks from one of Nashville's best residential design firms, Bynum Design. You're welcome.
2) Lighting.Lighting is everything. If you want to make an impact and personalize your space, pick a couple of crazy-good ceiling fixtures to swap out with statement-making pieces. For the fixtures of your dreams, check out Restoration Hardware and Circa Lighting.
3) Drapes.If you go with dark walls, go with light drapes; linen is always great for color and texture. Here are your rules of thumb for drapes: Hang them floor-to-ceiling if you can--or at least hang the rod several inches above your window frame--and make sure that your drapes are long enough to at least dust the floor slightly. If you don't want to do curtains, consider bamboo roman blinds, which are on trend, affordable, and look really great in a wide variety of spaces. These at Home Depot come highly recommended.
4) Rugs.Look around online at rugs too long and you're going to go apes***. Keep it simple with a neutral. You can't go wrong with a sisal rug from RugsUSA.com, which is crazy affordable, good quality, and looks great in almost any space.
5) Seating.More important than perhaps any piece of furniture in your house: A comfortable chair. I'm not even talking about the comfort of your guests here. I'm talking about the comfort of you. I recommend investing in one really good quality oversized chair. (I really like leather chairs.) It's a great gift to yourself, kind of like giving yourself permission to get comfortable and stay awhile.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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