Now that you are out on your own, whether in your first apartment after college or moving into your own studio after sharing with roommates, you will have to decide how you want to decorate your new bachelor pad. Studio apartments are, by their very nature, small and lacking ample storage. For bachelors, that can translate into piles in a mess and hubcaps used as car metal wall art. To get a better start on decorating your bachelor pad, try some of the easy tips below.
In a studio apartment, the most beneficial furniture pieces you can own are those with multiple purposes. For example, a sofa that is also a bed or an ottoman that also doubles as storage for blankets and linens, are ideal because they provide two functions. While you may not want to sleep on a sofa bed every night, having an extra spot for guests to sleep is ideal. Multi-purpose furniture tends to be a bit more expensive than other pieces, but in a studio you do not need to buy many pieces. What you save from not having to buy in quantity, you can put toward purchasing the perfect pieces of furniture.
Depending where your studio is located in the building, it may be bright and airy or dark and dreary. It is not uncommon to have one small window with a fire escape as your main light source in some inner city apartments. If you are allowed to paint your studio, use colors that will brighten up the space while still providing a masculine look. A light, cool gray is a great example of a color that will add visual interest to the walls while also brightening up the space. You can be as funky or as sophisticated as you would like in your color scheme, but remember that you will not be able to go to another room to escape the color palette you have chosen should it become too visual intense or bland. Take the time to paint swatches on the wall to try out different colors. When you hang your sophisticated outdoor metal art you will be thankful you took the time.
Most bachelors prefer modern and contemporary styles of decor. The patterns associated with this style are usually abstract in nature. If you would like to add a pattern or an accent color to your studio apartment, choose one that you can carry throughout the room’s decor. A bright red accent color, for example, is a perfect choice for a room that is mainly done in blacks and grays. It can be used in mugs hanging from under a kitchen cabinet, a table clock next to the sofa and a pillow on the side chair. Patterns can be used the same way. Use them throughout the room in small bursts. This creates a feeling of continuity while also creating visual interest in the space.
Decorating your new bachelor pad is a fun and exciting experience. It allows you to think outside the box and use colors and patterns that reflect your style and personality. Do not be afraid to step up to a more sophisticated and less dorm room like style of decorating. Your studio apartment may be small, but with the proper colors and some clever uses of furniture, you can make it seem a lot larger than it actually is.