Nearly every man has had a bachelor pad at some point in his life. As time passes and you transition from a freedom-loving bachelor to someone who wants to settle down, the bachelor pad needs to change with you. But, this doesn’t need to be a drastic change. You don’t have to buy a new place and decorate it with all new furniture. A few simple changes can make a huge difference while keeping your personal style.
Adding color can be one of the easiest ways to change the atmosphere of your home. This change can be as big as painting your walls or as little as adding colorful accents. The advantage of painting your walls a bright color is that your current black and white furniture will fit perfectly. If you opt for something more subtle, look for colorful throw pillows for your couches or bed and patterned rugs or drapes. If you are feeling really ambitious, install hardwood floors or warm-colored plush carpeting to add a new texture and colors.
Changing up your lighting scheme can have a huge impact on the feel of your home. For example, switch from harsh fluorescent and incandescent bulbs to softer CFL bulbs to both save money on your energy bills and create a warm and inviting space.
Go one step further by hanging custom shades or blinds to control the amount of natural light coming in through your windows. This also can help your place feel more mature and stylish by giving it a sense of style and luxury. Plus, the addition of natural light is cheaper and has been shown to increase your health and productivity in all areas of your life.
A little decorating can go a long way, especially if you channel your inner femininity. Flowers and plants are always a good place to start. Although fresh flowers are always better for their visual appeal and fragrance, they do require upkeep. If that’s not your forte, get some high-quality silk flowers.
In addition, adding things like books or small mementos can help make a place seem more lived in and family oriented. Also, check your wall decorations with a critical eye. If your art is decidedly man themed, it should be removed for something more mature. You don’t have to give up your sense of style, but rather focus on decorations that reflect your lifestyle or passions without seeming immature or tacky.
Don’t be afraid to get second opinions. If you are in that transitional stage, it may be difficult to see what can be improved, so ask for some help from the people with a creative eye in your life. Get their advice and opinions on what can stay and what should go as well as how to decorate or update your rooms. And remember, nothing is permanent. If you don’t like it or don’t feel at home, just keep adjusting your decor until you do.