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Putting Together a Masculine Bachelor Pad
For many men, discussing topics typically associated with the opposite gender may come across as taboo or even awkward. Besides, when was the last time you saw a group of guys yammering about interior design? Most men probably don’t actively spark up conversations about the layout of their pad, even if they carefully pieced it together like a fine-tuned motor. It’s kind of ironic, but a lot of guys are more into the stuff that goes into interior design than one might realize. Take woodworking, for instance. Saws, hammers, power tools and fine wood; it doesn’t get much manlier than building a piece of furniture with your bare hands. But when you really think about it, aside from the earned satisfaction of creating a wicked piece of art, what else do you get? A functional piece of furniture! It’s ok for men to like the way they look, so why can’t they take pride in the way their home looks, too? Here are some tips to piece together one radical bachelor pad.
Think simplicity and functionality
Luckily for us dudes, the minimalist appeal is in and it looks like it’s here to stay. Some iconic people who embody the minimalist draw include Michael Bloomberg, Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) and the late Steve Jobs. In fact, Steve Jobs takes the cake considering he wore the same iconic look every single day – a black shirt and jeans. He even forged design simplicity into the entire Apple product lineup.
When putting together a “simple” room or interior, the one thing you need to keep in mind is functionality. It might seem like a good idea to start throwing things together, but you must first envision how the empty room will eventually be used.
Say your moving to San Francisco and are the proud owner of a city loft. Let’s also say you want to use the extra space as a lounge-style area in which to watch ballgames and action flicks. What do you need? Well, for starters, a TV and a place to sit, but to bring it all together a few more items could help. Using the room pictured below as a test case, let’s use it as a test case…
Add a dark, low sitting, L-shaped couch; a modern coffee table atop a red shag area rug; and a large, abstract painting on the far back wall to bring it all together. Boom! You have yourself a complete loft. Throw in a giant beanbag chair to emphasize comfort. Furthermore, mounting your flat screen TV is a great way to keep things simple while utilizing a blank wall.
Bottom line, if it’s done correctly, minimalism and masculinity go together like Tango and Cash. Here are some minimalist-inspired layouts to help get your creative juices flowing…
Minimalist Living Room