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Good news for bachelors: When it comes to your bachelor pad, simplicity is in.

A simple bachelor pad is a clean and organized space—and that’s the impression you want to give to any guests who may be over for the evening (or the weekend), right? Take a little time to plan, and you’ll have a great looking space that’s functional, too. It’s all about furniture, color and lighting—the biggest bangs for your buck.

Furniture

Let’s face it: In a bachelor pad, the key piece is the sofa. You’ll spend the majority of your time here, so this is where you want to focus your budget.

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Spring for something that’s durable and comfortable. A sectional is a great choice for bachelors because it lets the guys watch the game or guests to congregate on weekends. Think clean lines and soft edges.

Your next step is to design the rest of your space around this central piece with other functional and minimalist pieces that are easy to move around. Coffee tables with shelves or cubbies let you store clutter or clear the decks for dinner and a movie on the couch. Finish it off with a textured rug that adds a lot of personality for a small price.

For advice on picking the right area rug, visit blog.sparefoot.com/3874-guide-to-rugs.

Color

With color, simplicity is still the key, but the good news is you can go bold or go subtle and still keep it simple. Just try to stick to one common color family so that you can include some bursts of contrasting color or texture without overwhelming the room.

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On the bold end of the spectrum, blue is the most popular choice for men. However, strictly using it in accents or choosing a deep hue often gets better results than a space completely covered in baby or navy blue. Similarly, a rich, deep brown is a great backdrop in a distinctly male space.

On the subtler end of the spectrum, one of the classic color choices for men is gray. It works well with just about anything and, depending on what it’s paired with, can take on an extremely chic and sleek vibe. A neutral but warm tone is suitable for any room of the home or a general color throughout, and it gives great contrast to white doors and baseboards for a more finished feel.

Lighting

Lighting is where you take your bachelor pad to the next level. The secret key to good lighting is to layer it. An ideal lighting scheme starts with natural light and is supplemented with ambient, task and accent lighting.

Step one is dimmer switches in every room; install these for instant effect throughout your space. Any number of fixtures can provide ambient light, but lamps, chandeliers and sconces tend to bathe a room in light and create a base layer of warmth and energy.

Task lighting is vital to assist with the project at hand and also adds some attitude. Pendant lights over a kitchen island look great, but more importantly, they direct the light just where it’s needed. Place table and desk lamps in areas of the house where you work, and remember that after hours, a desk or table lamp provides an effective wash of illumination.

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Accent lighting serves as special effect lighting—it gives the most modest of rooms a custom look. A small burst of illumination in a corner or washing over a wall can do as much for a space as a bold accent color on the wall. If you’ve got pieces you’re particularly fond of, such as artwork or a cool collection from your childhood, an accent light does double duty, creating a subtle effect with a concentrated focus.

Bachelor pads tend to host a wide variety of guests: family, friends and special visitors. With just a little effort and planning, your space can make transitions for any situation quickly and easily, and can make a great hideaway for you when all the guests are gone.

So, how will you customize your bachelor pad?

Kerrie Kelly writes about home décor for Home Depot. She is the author of the “Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide.” Kelly specializes in interior design, and often concentrates on indoor lighting, such as chandeliers and pendant lighting. You can find a selection of pendant lights and other styles available at Home Depot here.

Photos courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Labs

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  • Lucky13X

    If only I could make my apartment look like one of those pics, I would be in bachelor life heaven!