Budget-friendly ways to give your cave an upgrade
Setting up a bachelor pad often means preparing for the good, bad and ugly—weekend catch-ups, curated dinners and well, (even) unplanned visits. Having a space you can call your own is a blessing, more so if you’ve just begun adulting. While livening it up is often perceived as an investment that demands one to shell out big bucks, the key is to find creative ways to pay attention to detail. “While furniture is the foundation of a bachelor pad, it’s these finer details in decor that truly enhance the living experience and elevate a bachelor pad from simply being a space to live in, to a place that feels like a thoughtfully curated home,” opines Manjul Jayakumar, co-founder, Cananor Guild, a handcrafted luxury home decor brand, adding, “Beyond the usual furniture, your choice of bed linens, napkins, and table linen can make a marked difference in the ambiance. Good quality napkins, especially for the bar, are invaluable. They serve a functional purpose and add an air of sophistication during cocktail nights. As for those spontaneous nights when friends decide to stay over, having a few extra bath towels or at the very least having sets of hand and face towels is essential. This touch ensures that overnight guests feel comfortable.”
Hues To Choose
While the color palette may be minimal, young decorators are introducing textural interest through their choice of fabrics. Linens with different weaves, patterns, and finishes are favoured for their ability to add depth and character to the decor without overwhelming the space. “Youngsters are opting for neutral and monochromatic colour schemes in their home decor. Shades of white, beige, grey, and muted pastels dominate the scene. These colours not only create a serene atmosphere but also allow for easy mixing and matching of linens and cushions,” avers Aradhana Dalmia, founder of The Artemist, a new-age art consultancy.
A bachelor’s pad is a canvas for self-expression, where art and decor can merge to create something young and fun. “One can definitely play with some quirky sculptures, funky wallpapers and colour blocking. Bachelors would also love to have an area dedicated to entertainment which can be done up with some very cool and affordable artworks, such as our ‘deck of cards’ or ‘vintage chronicle’ series,” she says.
Common Mistakes To Avoid
Balance style and functionality: One of the most prevalent mistakes among youngsters is favouring style at the expense of functionality. While aesthetics are undoubtedly crucial, remember that your bachelor pad should also serve as a practical living space. Prioritize furniture and decor that not only looks good but also fulfills a purpose.
Interiors and soft furnishings: “It’s common for individuals to underestimate the profound impact that linens and soft furnishings can have on their living spaces,” notes Jayakumar, adding, “These items are often seen as mere accessories, but they play an essential role in elevating the overall look and feel of your home. The right choice of linens and cushions can introduce texture, color, and warmth, thereby breathing life into an otherwise sterile environment.”
Embrace personalisation: Your home should be a reflection of your unique personality and interests. A frequent misstep in decorating is relying on generic, mass-produced items that lack character. Infuse your bachelor pad with your personal touch by incorporating unique artwork, souvenirs from your travels, or engaging in DIY projects. These elements will imbue your living space with a sense of authenticity, making it truly yours.
Latest Trends In Home Décor For Millennial Home Owners
As quality gathers weightage over quantity, sustainability over excess and personal expression within the boundaries of simplicity; multi-functional pieces like bed linens with storage pockets or table linens with spill-resistant coatings, are highly sought after today.
The demand for contemporary artworks, quirky sculptures, 3-D art or multi-functional installations is on the rise. However, it’s important to understand that your space should not only be Pinterest-worthy or café-like, but also functional and enjoyable for everyday living.
“Your chosen decor, whether an installation, sculpture or painting should never become an eyesore,” concludes Dalmia, with a fail-safe advice: let your space reflect your individuality, but ensure it suits your pocket and stands the test of time.
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