The concept of a man cave or bachelor pad has been around for decades and it has seen many interpretations. As we step into 2016 a modern man cave style is emerging, saying goodbye to age-old clichés and focusing on uncompromising style for the gentleman of today. It’s all about clean lines, sophisticated design and personalized details bringing a new sense of style to the out-dated bachelor pad look of yesteryear.
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your entire home feels stylized and coordinated is to stick to a monochrome color palette. Black and white are timeless, and are easily updated through the seasons and with style changes you may have throughout the year. Bringing greys and beiges into a monochrome base also works really well and will bring an added hint of warmth, particularly ideal in larger spaces.
Lighting is paramount in any interior, and will form many of the design focuses throughout this modern man cave look. In the living room bring focused lighting into the mix such as table lamps; adding several lighting options from candles to floor lamps will really create a welcoming ambience and is ideal for creating a warmer glow in the dark winter months. Bring interest to the living room with a few chosen decorative touches but don’t let clutter take over. A few coffee table books on your favorite subjects will create a personal stamp on the interior, as can a stand-out ornament or objet d’art too. Layer textured cushions on the sofa for added comfort and style and mix patterns for a bold design twist.
Artwork is the best way to bring your personality to any room, from framed posters to photographs. Look to incorporate similar shades as your scheme’s color palette to help continue the stylized look. This is in particular a great way to bring some character to a work space, as home offices can often lack personality. Keep yours neat and tidy with plenty of storage and add a personal touch in the way of a few key pieces of wall art. Fresh plants and florals are another great way to add character to any room or space in your home, from the hallway to the bathroom. White Orchids are a great fuss-free fit for monochrome backdrops, as are fresh green botanicals; perfect for breathing fresh life into a tired space.
Keep the kitchen mess free by ensuring plenty of storage space, and cut down on sideboard clutter, any bulky appliances that you don’t use often should be kept in a cupboard. Ensure lighting is on point here, it should be mainly spotlights and use bright light bulbs. Make sure you have quality knives and cooking equipment, these are all things that are well worth the investment. If your kitchen dining space allows bring another focal point in for entertaining such as a bar area, this can add countless style points and makes a great functional addition for dinner parties and entertaining. Subway tiles are still very much on trend and work especially well in the kitchen, these with some industrial ceiling lamps will create an enviable space for years to come.
The ultimate sanctuary of your home should always be the bedroom, ensure that it is a calm and relaxed space. Bed linen should be the best quality that you can afford, and complement this with luxurious soft furnishings such as a soft throw or bedspread and a few cushions. If you are lucky enough to have a large space in the bedroom add a rug to bring comfort underfoot and a focal point to the interior. Lighting should be focused rather than too bright, so add a table lamps if you are going to be reading. Bring your own touch to the space with personal items such as favorite books, photos or art, but keep it relatively clear so you can keep the atmosphere relaxed and calm.
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