We all know the stereotypes for the ways guys "decorate" their spaces: outdated recliners, a nest of media and electronics cables, and movie posters tacked to the walls.
A little loft can go a long way. Just ask Richard Dewhurst, the interior architect who designed this unique British apartment.
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination." So says acclaimed auteur Jim Jarmsuch, and I think it's something every design-oriented man ought to take to heart. So here's a little inspiration to fuel your imagination.
When it comes to interior design inspiration, the Italian approach always tops my list. So, I'm grabbing a few tips from this inspiring home to spruce up my place.
The bachelor pad. That quintessential moment of adulthood. That space inhabited when one truly learns what being a grown up is like, and prepares for the eventual sharing of a home. Or perhaps it actually serves the pinnacle environment, where living alone as an adult man is the best fulfillment of identity.
Either way... it can't look like your college dorm room. Step it up a notch, guy.
I'm betting the psychologists have probably figured this out by now: guys need a space. A special space. A clubhouse, a workshop, a pub, a lounge chair, an office, whatever...men are simply wired to seek a spot for themselves that energizes them.
Of course, moving beyond the way-to-old-to-be-safe-and-most-likely-smelly furniture and the vintage metal signs look isn't always easy. But that doesn't mean a man room has to be done up only in the colors of a sports team or feature multiple neon beer signs.
Here at ManMade, we try to avoid cliched phrases like, the "man cave" or "bachelor pad." But, certainly, there are lots of awesome spaces inhabited by single guys. And, cream walls with hand-me-down furniture and wires everywhere these are not.
This collection features some bold, streamlined spaces with a strong sense of play and fun. All the best parts about being a guy, living on your own.
"Masculine decor" (whatever that means...) is often so serious: lots of dark colors, too much technology, and not a ton of fun. But, if there ever was a "manly" designer with a sense of humor, Antonio Ballatore is your guy. The fourth winner of HGTV's Design Star and star of The Antonio Project simply gets it, combining color, texture, and good times into some pretty inspired places. His is the only show I watch on HGTV, which, as a full time design and decor writer, is saying something. Dude knows his stuff.
He dubs his downtown LA spot, "Medieval cave dwelling meets modern loft living." And, sure, the guy has a pretty big budget and
Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.
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As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a designer."
Comedian Joel McHale, host of The Soup, has got to be raking it in with the NBC comedy Community, and thus, has a pretty amazing home in the Hollywood Hills.
The style is a bit Hollywood regency, a bit bravura, but still maintains a masculine feel, sorta like if King Midas had a safari hunting lodge circa 1935.