Sunday, April 12, 2015
The epitome of a bachelor: a single man, usually in his 20s or 30s, living independently in a modern apartment, flat, or condo of his own. He has a bunch of things going for him: his career, a circle of best buddies, romantic prospects, hobbies and activities that engage him physically and creatively.
As a demographic, bachelors are inclined toward spaces that exude a modern and urban appeal. Here are some tips for staging a listing that appeals to this particular demographic:
Use masculine colors
Black and white, different shades of gray, brown, and muted blue are the go-to. Add a pop of color to the space using indoor plants. Use wood, bare brick walls, or bare concrete as textures for that urban loft feel to the place. Don't be afraid to add bold, bright colors though if they lend an air of cool and hip to the space.
Go for simple window treatments
No frills; no ornate drapes. As much as possible, stick to blinds. For curtains, choose cuts and fabrics that have clean and straight lines. No floral or art nouveau prints: select curtains that come only in one color or with minimal design.
Pick modern furniture
Go for functional furniture. In the bedroom, opt for a platform bed for an extra modern look. Don't forget to throw in a suitable couch for the bachelor and his buddies. Arrange and decorate the living room in a way that makes it conducive to hanging out with friends, or kicking back by oneself with a cold one after a long day.
Save the whimsical watercolor landscapes for the rustic family home. Instead, look to contemporary and modern art -- abstract paintings, for instance, or prints with bold geometrical shapes, or street photography.
Accessorize the pad with magazines that feature men’s fitness, cars and automobiles, photography, sports, and the like. Throw in a few CDs or CD cases of rock ‘n roll classics from the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2, Led Zeppelin, and some contemporary musicians like the Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Coldplay, and Drake, among others.