The Single Girl's Guide to Decorating
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t highly anticipating seeing How to Be Single in theaters this month. With a killer cast and a hilarious trailer to boot, it’s safe to say this movie might be the new Bridesmaids. Since Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, and Rebel Wilson will be teaching us how to be single, we thought we’d at least try to teach you how to decorate like a single girl. Scroll on for our best tips on how to pimp out your bachelorette pad.
You might want to have fun with accessories and art, but when it comes to long-term investment pieces, keep it simple and neutral. You will thank us later.
Millennial life can be stressful—you’re building a career, dating, trying to stay active and healthy, building strong friendships, learning to cook—so having a space where you can completely unwind is magical. Whether it’s a lavish soak tub or your bedroom sanctuary, fill this space with your favorite things.
The big dream house might come later, but for now, learn to love your studio apartment, no matter how small or basic it is. Fill it with items you absolutely love, and hone your organizational skills with a killer storage system.
Want to buy a pink sofa? Go for it! This might be the last time in your life when no one will have a say on the furniture you choose to buy, so do what makes you happy.
Facts first: You need a primping station. It can be your bathroom vanity or simply a corner of your bedroom, but make sure you have a mirror with good natural light and plenty of storage space for products, makeup, hair tools, and jewelry. Which brings us to our next point…
We ladies love our beauty products. Between beauty staples and store samples, I wouldn’t be surprised to find more than 100 bottles and jars in each of your bathrooms (I know I’m guilty of this). Find an organizational system, and stick to it. Install shelving, or invest in a medicine cabinet if needed.
Living with plants is not only healthy (it purifies the air in our homes), it can also make us happier to care for something other than ourselves. The sense of accomplishment that comes with caring for a living thing can boost our confidence, so plants are a great low-maintenance alternative if you don’t have a pet.
Let’s get real: Being single is also about dating, so give your boudoir a sultry feel. No one wants to see your collection of plush toys and Hello Kitty figurines upon entering your bedroom. Also, install dimmers.
Art is such a personal purchase, so now is the perfect time to start your collection. Take the opportunity of being single to visit galleries and identify your taste in art, and start collecting slowly.
You might not have your dream chef’s kitchen yet, but that’s no reason to neglect it. Swap out hardware, install open shelving, and decorate with pretty accessories, lighting, and art. It might even make you want to cook more!
Love what you love, without being judged or having to compromise. Display a quirky art collection, decorate with worldly accents collected from your travels, cover everything in sheepskin if you want—no one will be there to rain on your decorating parade.
Being single is no time to dwell on your sorrows, so don’t bury yourself in a dark and gloomy space. Pale colors and natural light can do wonders for your mood, so if you feel the need to decorate in all white, do it.
Channel your inner glamour girl, and add a dash of glam to your space. It will give you a boost of confidence when entertaining, and give your space a sophisticated air.
There is a misconception that monogramming for the home is reserved for couples, but we promise you’ll love having your own initials stamped over your things. Even if it’s just a subtle monogram on some guest towels, it’s the little details that will make your space feel tailored.
This tip might be more metaphorical than in the realm of the possible in most cases, but the lesson here is break the rules, live freely, and do what makes you happy. By embracing these life rules, you’ll not only have an enviable bachelorette pad, you might even come out of singledom a happier, more independent, and with a stronger sense of self.
What are your single-girl decorating tricks? Share them with us in the comments below.