The downfall of a theme is that some of us tend to take it too far. Coastal can pretty quickly go overboard and a bachelor pad can turn from tasteful to tasteless if it’s overdone. Here’s how to nail a theme and make it classy rather than cheesy.
The nautical theme is probably everybody’s favorite. Living by the coast has never been more popular. More of us than ever are scouring websites for properties to find our dream home. Brighton houses for sale are particularly popular as they combine cosmopolitan cafes with tranquil coastal pursuits. It’s no wonder so many of us want to bring a little bit of the coast inside out homes. The problem is we tend to dot a few shells about and some blue and white stripes and this theme quickly turns tacky.
The key to nailing this interior theme is to not go too literal. You don’t need a picture of an anchor framed or blue and white stripes on your shower curtains. Think about what a boat or ship actually looks like. If you’ve ever seen a captain's quarters you’ll know that it’s actually quite dark and atmospheric. Recreate a nautical look by using some wood. Not only does this reference driftwood found at sea but also the inside of a captain's quarters. You can either have a rough wood coffee table, mantelpiece, or even chests. In terms of furnishing choose some dark leather armchairs to fit in with the theme. Add a finishing touch of rope to tie the look together. String some rope between a few shelves to hand them together. This is another subtle nod to all things maritime without going overboard.
Just like the nautical theme, this can quickly become a pastiche rather than an authentic design. The best accessory for any bachelor pad is a well-stocked library. Invest in a couple of dark mahogany bookcases and stock them with your favorite books. This adds a wise gentlemanly air to the room without going overboard. Some artwork is also a good idea. Don’t hold back here, after all, it is a bachelor pad. A bachelor pad is supposed to be an uncompromisingly male space. Choose artwork that reflects your taste and hang it unashamedly. Leather is a good edition to any bachelor pad scheme too. It helps to add a sense of luxury. Position a few leather chairs nearby to a drinks cabinet or tray. This brings a speakeasy atmosphere to the room. If you’re lucky enough to have exposed brickwork leave the walls bare. An industrial look works well for a bachelor pad.