Making your apartment a technically livable space isn’t particularly difficult, but if you’re like me and don’t think that plastic crate tables, empty beer can “art” or pizza box towers count as passable décor, then learning how to tastefully put a room together without it looking like your mother lives there is a worthy skill.
Let’s take a look at where to get started when it comes to decor ideas for your bachelor pad.
1- Low-maintenance plants
Remembering to water your plants can be tricky if you’re busy, which you probably are, so you should find plants that are fairly “flexible” as far as their watering schedules are concerned.
Also important is where you put your plants. They usually prefer cooler temperatures and at least some sunlight, so keep them away from your heater and relatively near a window. As a general rule, only water your plants if the soil feels dry and don’t water it so much that it stays soggy for long.
2- Conversational art
Perhaps most young bachelors entirely ignore art and décor in general, however it’s worth embracing the madness to add some character and possibly refinement (that part is optional) to your place.
Finding art that you like can be a bit tricky, and if you don’t like shopping, you might have an easier time getting some pre-framed artwork.
And don’t just limit yourself to paintings either, other art that would work well includes sculptures, vases, murals (which can be costly, unless you know someone), wall-hangings, or good old fashioned photographs (properly framed, of course).
3- Divider wall
Unless you’re a trust fund baby, you’re probably living in a relatively small place with one bedroom and a badly-proportioned living room. One of the great ways to make your space more efficient is to take your living room (or bedroom, whatever) and put up a divider.
You don’t need to build an actual wall, or even anything that resembles one. Simply find one of those panel divider screens you occasionally see people changing behind in the movies (they’re relatively cheap at most furniture stores) and use it to bisect the room.
Voila, you’ve got your space separated, one space for your couch and TV and the other for your desk and computer, or weights or whatever you need the space for.
4- Matching furniture
Furnishing a space isn’t as simple as getting on Craigslist and raiding the “free” section. Yes, that’s right, even if you’re a guy and you’re out of college things have to match in color and style, at least nominally.
The style you choose is, of course, entirely up to you, though I’d strongly recommend not basing it on something that someone happens to be trying to get rid of on the internet.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you might even consider a nice (matching) rug to go under a coffee table in front of your couch.
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