How to Graduate From First Apartment to Grown-Up Home
Moving past the bachelor pad stage in life can be considered a life graduation into adulthood, but a recent Bloomberg article suggests that the bare-bones apartment is still very much a thing. Interior designers at Homepolish, an online service that pairs designers with clients across the country, say they “regularly encounter apartments that are unmistakably (and deliberately) the domicile of single men.”
We all know the bachelor pad warning signs: oversize leather sectional, mismatched hand-me-downs, and seemingly no thought process in the décor whatsoever. As Homepolish designers offered tips to Bloomberg on how to move past the bachelor pad stage, we couldn’t help but wonder whether young women were also guilty of some of these décor faux pas.
“I see so many guys’ apartments with only overhead lighting,” says Johnson from Chicago. Lamps exist for a reason: Lighting should be spread out across the room and layered at different heights. Overhead lighting only will cast unflattering shadows that can enhance dark circles under the eyes whereas light sources shining from underneath are much more flattering.
“So you own a massive leather couch. Congratulations, but you are the only person that’s impressed with that fact.” New York designer Will Saks suggests softening the room with pillows and vintage accents. Layering a space with smaller accents makes a space feel complete, personal, and cancels out the dorm-room effect.
Los Angeles designer Haley Weidenbaum says the main problem she encounters when decorating with bachelors is convincing them to have more elaborate seating arrangements. “Apparently, single men are under the impression that a sectional sofa should be crammed into an apartment at all costs.” Instead, she suggests an arrangement of sofa, occasional seating, coffee tables, and accent tables, to give the room a good flow. “It’s about circulation,” she says. As for her thoughts on an occasional chair, “It’s a statement for the room, and it gives the place a complete, finished look.”
Looking for more tips on how to turn your first apartment into a grown-up home? Visit Bloomberg for the full story.
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