A suave, sophisticated masculine home is this weeks brief on Channel 7’s ‘House Rules’. The brief was set by none other than our trusty builder George from Buildrite, who is one of the shows contestants with his best mate Laith.
Here we explore everything you need to know about how to achieve a suave and sophisticated ‘bachelor’s pad’ for the modern day man.
Where does the ‘Bachelor pad’ originate from?
The idea behind a gentleman’s bachelor pad dates back to post war 1950s. Men were returning home to their families and new approaches to home life evolved. Unmarried men in the city were far away from a suburban lifestyle. They wanted space where they could invite friends over to their sophisticated digs, listen to a little moody jazz and mix a few cocktails.
What comes to mind when thinking of a modern-day bachelor pad?
Unfortunately, over the years the term ‘bachelor pad’ has been greatly tarnished. Room mates lazing about drinking beer. A huge tv screen and gaming system mounted next to a pile of empty pizza boxes. Foosball or pool tables taking pride of place in the dining room!
But actually, today’s single man bachelor pad essentials are all about understated masculine elegance, comfort and functionality. Modern bachelors want fine details, stylish design and high levels of quality.
So what colours represent a sophisticated masculine home?
A colour palette of neutrals including taupes, greys and creams are a perfect starting point in creating a modern and masculine feel. Blend these with rich, dark colours to achieve some moodiness and sophistication. Think charcoals, dark blues and greens, rich reds, browns and black.
Monochromatic colour schemes are always a winner for a bachelor pad. Cool grey tones give off a sleek modern vibe. Also, having a feature wall of exposed brick or rustic timber panelling can give a masculine, raw edge to your space.
Remember that darker colours generally make a space look smaller and lighter colours make a room look bigger. So if your space is on the small side you don’t want your wall colours too dark. Instead inject these into your furnishings and accessories, or add a feature wall here and there.
Furniture and accessories
Open space living with substantial furnishings and statement pieces are appealing to the modern single man.
Leather is rugged and stylish and is the perfect element to fit into a masculine interior. It’s fair to say that the timeless Chesterfield sofa would be the most gentlemanly sofa of choice. But also consider a large vintage brown leather sofa to add warmth and sophistication.
Herringbone timber flooring or polished concrete floors. Hide rugs, wing-back chairs and leather ottomans – these are all the epitome of a classic masculine domain.
Create a bespoke feel by incorporating statement furniture items such as your entertainment unit, coffee table, desk and bookcases. Dress these with natural artifacts, stylish books and on-off accessories that are personal to you.
Stylish framed art should decorate the walls around your pad with substance and purpose. You want sophisticated artwork to show taste and culture. Vintage maps, fashion, film and music are some suggestions to consider.
A bachelor pad bedroom should keep things simple and neutral. Stick to crisp white sheets, with solid dark linens in blues, greys or other solid colour.
What else is there for a sophisticated masculine home?
Of course what modern day gentleman could be without a bar to entertain his guests?! There are plenty of stylish bar carts around if a built-in bar isn’t an option. Opt for a retro minimalist design or go all out with something like a globe!
Lastly, try to blend contemporary elements with traditional ones. This will give you an edge and create a bit of an eclectic vibe. Quality should always be prioritised over quantity.
Follow all of these rules and you will be sure to create yourself a suave, sophisticated masculine home. Have fun and enjoy!
If you missed our recent blog on another ‘House Rules’ brief – Miami style then click here to read.