Men have gained a bad rep when decorating their apartments, with many being known to opt for an extreme minimalist or dated aesthetic that makes for a less than welcoming apartment. While the stereotype certainly isn’t true for all men who live alone, those who have difficulty in the decorating department can benefit from utilizing just a few simple techniques. From setting an ideal aesthetic with homey décor to simply choosing the right color palette, here are just three tips for creating a welcoming feel right in your apartment.
Creating a homely aesthetic with décor
While many men may seriously skimp when it comes to décor, it’s important to realize that even the simplest of decorations can help create a homely aesthetic for your apartment. For example, having a few decorative throw blankets draped artfully over the side of your couch or even putting a patterned rug in the living room can be a great way to create a comfortable and inviting ambiance. Adding smaller “finishing touches” — like a candle or two — can be another easy way to decorate, all the while adding a pleasant scent (and cozy feel) to the space of your choosing. In fact, WoodWick candles for men can be particularly beneficial in creating a welcoming and comfortable ambiance, as the wood wick creates a crackling sound that mimics the crackling of a fire as they burn.
The importance of a color palette
It’s important to realize that even something as simple as having a go-to color palette for décor and furniture can work wonders in creating a more welcoming feel for your apartment. In fact, by utilizing tips from professional designers — like picking your colors based on a statement piece (like a rug or painting in your apartment) — you can create the perfectly designed color palette in a much easier (and seemingly fool-proof) way. Consequently, this can make buying additional décor and furniture much easier, as you won’t have to fret over a myriad of different colors/patterns when shopping. In the end, whether you choose your favorite color or a classic like gray or blue, sticking with one color scheme throughout the whole apartment is a great way to pull together any space and make it more appealing to the eye.
When aiming to make your apartment feel more welcoming, getting creative with statement pieces can go a long way towards achieving favorable results. For example, showcasing a painting that you love, putting a favorite collection on display, or hanging up a large decorative tapestry can all do wonders in adding a touch of personalization, as well as an overall cozy feel to your place. You can get creative in other ways as well, such as by showcasing items such as a sculpture that you made or even a large fish tank in high traffic rooms like the living room as a unique conversation starter for guests to enjoy. No matter how you choose to do so, adding a touch of personality can make your apartment feel “lived-in” and more like your own, all the while making, guests feel more at home too.
Decorating your apartment as a man who lives alone can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. By utilizing methods such as sticking to a color palette, getting creative, and even adding cozy touches like a candle or two, you can easily create a welcoming ambiance that will appeal to anyone who visits.
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