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Eight Bachelor Pad Ideas for a Ruggedly Cool Space

These bachelor pad ideas will take your style to rugged-cool heights and keep your A-game going strong.

1. Earthy Tones + Cooler Neutrals

“Styling a bachelor pad can be tricky because most guys don’t worry about how stylish their place looks – as long as they have their big screen TVs in front of them! To make the space look great and inviting but also effortless, stick with earthy tones such as greens, blues, browns or taupe. The cooler neutrals go with any natural elements like wood, marble, leather. That’ll give the space lots of texture so it’s not so plain.

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“To add some color, pick something that’ll stand out; a simple pattern such as a geometric print could be an accent piece in itself. Think of an ottoman, a few pillows, an area rug or even the art on the walls."

                                     Katherine Perez, Living Spaces Visual Stylist

Pro Tip:

"To help save money, make lists. In order to prioritize, you must know what's a must-have – and what’s not.”

Katherine Perez, Living Spaces Visual Stylist

2. Go Stag

If you just won’t be “fenced in” – prefer to roam freely out on the open range – then your space should show it! Deck out a bachelor pad in country garb (think hide rugs and buffalo art!) for a vibe that’s rugged and masculine – yet still maintains a cohesive style aesthetic. For smaller floor plans, save room by swapping out a traditional coffee table for an ottoman – and match it to a dark leather sofa for handsome elegance.

3. Better in Leather

Not only is leather furniture ridiculously soft and buttery-smooth, it’s always in style! Yet while 100% leather furniture (furniture upholstered entirely in leather) is luxe at its finest, it also comes at a higher price point than regular fabric. To get the same irresistible comfort while sticking to a budget, opt for leather match furniture – or furniture which features real leather only in the places that come into contact with the skin, such as the seat, backrest, armrest and footrest.

4. An Industrial Wall

If you’re the type that would rather not decorate at all (but can appreciate a room that feels put-together), then an accent wall has your name written all over it! For all the style and none of the frills, go with industrial brick – which takes rugged simplicity to the max. (For an extra bit of ruggedness, sand down any layers of paint thoroughly, until you get a distressed finish.)

5. à la Cart

If you’re the kind of bachelor who’s always the life of the party, then a trusty home bar – and, more importantly, the carefully curated collections you’ve chosen to keep inside it – should never feel out of reach or place. Luckily, with portable designs on wheels, rustic colors and rugged finishes, the latest options for home bars make it easy to keep the party going in style. (To take the “distressed” look a step further, go vintage; mix thrift store finds like a wooden signpost for an old-fashioned way to, ahem, enjoy an old-fashioned!

Pro Tip:

In the words of Katherine, “Even when trying to stick to a budget, it’s important to make an investment on the piece you’ll use the most (for example, the sofa). This will help ensure that it lasts for a long time and you get your money’s worth.”

6. On the Road

While there’s nothing more relaxed and comfortable than a well-put-together bachelor pad, staying indoors for too long can start to take its toll. When the travel bug bites, don’t let it slip away! Stay hungry for adventure with scenic wall art, raw, eclectic and/or industrial materials like iron, wood and rattan – and a motorcycle-black bean bag (to match your favorite jacket!).

7. Wall Art

Wall art isn’t just pretty paintings of flowers-in-vases; it actually encompasses a range of subjects – from music to cars to architecture – in a variety of mediums. If your space is feeling bare, look to the walls. Simply think of your favorite hobby, destination or even animal, and choose a wall art piece to float your boat and make your pad your own.

8. [Convertible] Comfort

Thanks to its customizable configurations, the convertible sofa – a hot trend in living room comfort – will fit right in with any bachelor pad. Many designs feature three-step conversions, making it easy to go from bed to recliner to sofa. Perfect for the bachelor who just wants to sit (or recline, or lie) back and relax!

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Pro Tip:

To help keep you on budget, Katherine suggests, “selecting pieces you can use for a variety of purposes – such as pillows, ottomans, area rugs, benches and accessories.”

Watch: Creating a Bachelor Pad Space

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