Does your space reflect who you are now? Or is it a time capsule that launches your guests back to your fraternity filled, craigslist futon with clashing throw blanket, mom-still-does-my-laundry days?
If you’ve said goodbye to that carefree time, then you probably don’t need to read on. However, if the good ‘ol days still linger in your new bachelor pad, then this post is for you.
Your home is a big part of who you are. People can tell a lot about you by the way you live and where you spend large portions of your time. That is why when inviting people, specifically women, into the intimate space you call home, it’s very important you make a good impression. You want your space to be an extension of you and your lifestyle. It should be functional for you, thought out, and sprinkled with heavy inflections of your personality.
Inviting a special lady into your home is more than just a first step – its an invitation to get to know you more intimately.
Below are 6 ways to make a fantastic bachelor pad first impression:
1. Clear the Clutter.
No one, and especially no woman, wants to see piles of mail, sweaty gym clothes, or towels splayed on your floor. Invest in a file cabinet, covered laundry basket, and towel rack (bonus points: purchase a heated towel rack… you can thank me later). Make sure your kitchen counter space is clean and usable, and that your shoes are in the closet, or placed neatly by the door.
Are you one who often misplaces your wallet, glasses, and keys? Buy a decorative tray and place it by your door. Then, when you arrive home, place those key (pun intended) belongings into the tray for safe keeping. That way, you will know where they are at all times. It will save you time and a headache.
Your space doesn’t need to be perfect, but it does need to look as though you take pride in keeping it tidy.
2. Layer your lighting.
Make sure you have various forms of lighting. Overhead lighting (no fluorescent fixtures please), lamps, sconces, natural light – when I say lighting is everything, I mean it. When you layer your lighting, you create a depth in your space and a warm, inviting glow. Like moths to a flame, people will be drawn to your space.
Layering lighting also allows your space to function cohesively with whatever activities are going on at the time. Cooking? Put them all on. You want to see what you are doing. Watching the game? You probably want less light, so your eyes can focus on the TV. Reading? A bright lamp will prevent your eyes from straining. Bedroom fun? Use adjustable lighting.
Lighting will transform your space. Trust me.
3. Have a functional kitchen with more than milk and cheese in your refrigerator.
Nothing says recent college grad and bachelor like a kitchen with nothing in it. Don’t commit this kitchen fail.
Not only does having a fully functional kitchen (pots, pans, utensils, working appliances) and stocked fridge encourage you to eat well and save your money, it makes you look like an adult that cares about your health and well being. Women love it when men care for themselves. It shows maturity and forethought – two qualities, I can attest, women really appreciate.
And if the above doesn’t convince you to have a fully functional kitchen and stocked fridge, then this will: how is your special someone supposed to cook for you if you don’t have any food or cooking utensils? You don’t want to miss out on a home cooked meal or the bonding that takes place in the kitchen. Again… trust me on this one.
4. Consider the master suite.
You spend a lot of time sleeping. We all do. So make this place your sanctuary. Buy a comfortable mattress, stylish bed frame, nightstands, and lamps. Invest in high quality bedding. Not only will you sleep better, but your guest will be more comfortable, too. You want your master suite to be relaxing, functional, and inviting.
Also, have your considered your bathroom? An upgraded bathroom is definitely a bonus, but if that’s not in the budget, make sure your lavatory is spick and span. Clean the counters, shower, and toilet regularly. Make sure dirty clothing is in a closed laundry basket and towels are hanging neatly.
Women want you to be yourself around them, but putting your best (and neatest) foot forward is a great way to show them you take pride in your surroundings (and pride in yourself).
5. Personalize – don’t be afraid to share what inspires you.
A home should reflect the person living in it. What inspires you and makes you want to wake up everyday? Do you love biking? Hang a great bike rack in your entry way. Not only is it a cool focal point, but it’s also a way for you to neatly store your bike. Do you love to read? Buy a cool bookshelf and showcase all of your books. Is there a bizarre piece of artwork that sends chills up your spine? Hang it. Allow your space to be an extension of you. Don’t be afraid to share what you love in the form interior design – even if it feels a bit vulnerable. Not only will you fall deeper in love with your space, but it will make the people entering it feel more comfortable and connected to you.
6. A stylish, comfortable sofa with a throw blanket.
… for days when you want to cuddle up and watch football all day. This is pretty self explanatory. You want a place outside of the master suite to relax and cuddle up with your special someone. Find a sofa that looks great, but that also allows you to do some deep couch sitting. Add fluffy pillows for movie watching and make sure to incorporate a matching throw blanket. You will be more comfortable and your special someone will, too.
Well there you have it! Did these 6 tips help you? I would love to hear what you have to say. Feel free to leave me a comment in the comment section below.
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I wish you happy trails in styling your bachelor pad AND find the perfect partner!