a bachelors guide to nailing the right fashion home decor

Living the bachelor lifestyle isn’t easy. Yes, it can be fun, especially if you embrace your bachelor status, but single men get a bad rap for their ability to style both their homes and themselves. Don’t feed into the bachelor pad stereotype, leaving empty takeout boxes strewn across the apartment, decorating the living room with a single gaming chair, and, of course, that notorious dirty pile of laundry spilling out from the laundry room and creeping into other areas of the house. 

We know how to take you from drab to fab with just a few helpful tips about styling your home to give off a more mature, manly vibe and your wardrobe by adding accessories like 14K gold chains or an expensive Rolex watch. 

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Before Balling Out

Okay, before you commit to your manly makeover, there are some important factors to keep in mind. You don’t want to simply start ordering new items at random without having an idea of how everything is going to fit together to create a seamless sense of style. 

Consider a Budget

Budget is everything when you’re revamping your home and wardrobe. Be realistic with yourself and set a limit. You may need to determine your budget at the same time that you make your list of essentials because it will help you prioritize what you truly need. 

If you’re still hanging out on that heinous, dirty couch from your days in the frat, it’s absolute time to say goodbye. Your living room and bedroom are the two most important spaces in the house because they are where you will entertain guests and where you’ll spend your alone time, respectively. The living room needs to be an inviting place—not a place where people are scared to touch anything.

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As you create your budget, you should also keep in mind that not every item needs to be purchased brand new. Furniture, in particular, can be very expensive, so, if you’re ballin’ on a budget, you might want to check out other places like second-hand stores, Craigslist, Freecycle, or Facebook marketplace. If you are going to buy lightly used furniture, make sure that they are just that—lightly used. You don’t need someone else’s grime making your house look bad.

Make a List of What You Need

As you’re determining your budget, you need to keep track of what items you truly need. If you’re in the redecorating mood and you hit up the store without a solid idea of what you need, you may end up coming back with a whole bunch of dope new decorations, but they may not address the real home decor problems you’ve got going on. 

Take a look around your house and find furniture or items that look worn down and dirty. Or, if you’ve got a lot of extra dough in the bank and you want to completely re-do everything, make note of things that you can keep and work into your new theme.

Get Rid of Junk 

Before bringing in a whole pile of new home decor items, it’s time to take out the trash. If you’re still hanging on to, really, anything from your college dorm, it’s time for it to go. You’re an adult now, and you need to start presenting yourself as one. Having more adult things in your home may also inspire you to be more productive and professional outside those four walls. 

Get rid of your ratty college coffee table that’s stained with ashes and beer can rings. Upgrade to something more you. Outside of major pieces of furniture, it’s also a good idea to go through closets and desks in your home to ditch any old junk you no longer need.

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Shop Smart

In your search for the perfect new home decor, it’s important to do a lot of research. Ask for the help of your friends—preferably your most stylish ones—to find items that fit your sense of personality and your space. Once you have your budget and your list of things that you need (and some free space after your junk haul), it’s time to find your new replacement furniture and decor. 

Online shopping is a great way to do preliminary research. Seek out products that you like or use this as a baseline to discover your style and look for other products that have a similar aesthetic. If you’re buying from Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, it’s a good idea to have a series of questions prepared and never feel like you have to commit to a purchase. Check out the condition of the piece before making an offer. If you’re going the online shopping route for new furniture and decor, be sure to do your research by looking for third-party reviews.

Have a Plan

This goes back to the idea of making a list. Simply buying a bunch of new items for your house or wardrobe isn’t going to instantly transform you or your bachelor pad. There needs to be a cohesive plan for both. Get a sense of how you want the house to feel, and then stick to that theme while shopping. 

When it comes to revamping your wardrobe, you should have the same type of attitude. Consider what style you want to show off and find ways to bring that into multiple types of outfits, from your laid-back relaxed look to your dressed up for dinner appearance.

Nailing the Home Decor

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Make It Cohesive

Again, cohesion home decor is everything. Find examples of homes that you really like and try to capture a feeling similar to that. The signature sign of a bachelor—or just a young single person who hasn’t quite left behind their college days—is mismatched furniture. Your pieces should all match and make sense together. You want them to be comfortable but classy. 

Light fixtures and decorations should also fit with the theme. Maybe you prefer more contemporary-looking decor or rustic chic. Pick this theme and run with it. It’ll make it much easier to select your furniture.

Don’t Even Think About a White Couch

Okay, we are not even sure if it’s necessary to say this, but we want to be clear: White couches are NEVER a good idea. It may seem kind of sexy or interesting, but it’s not going to last. Even if you’re a neat freak who never eats on the couch, the white will hold dirt, dust, and any kind of liquid you might accidentally spill. Go for almost any other color when it comes to picking out a couch.

… or a Black Comforter

Here we go again. Black comforters also seem kind of sexy at first, but we promise you they are not. Black comforters show a lot of stains, marks, and pet hair that you don’t want clinging to your bed, especially if you’re having a guest over. If you still want that pop of black, maybe opt for silky black sheets, but don’t make them your daily bedsheets and wash them often. 

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Browse Pinterest for Ideas

You may think Pinterest is just a place for girls to plan their weddings, but you are dead wrong. There are dozens of interesting ideas on Pinterest for men—particularly bachelor pads. If you’re struggling for inspiration, do some research on Pinterest to see how other stylish men are setting up their bachelor pads. Pull ideas from your favorite images to bring a little bit of that style into your own home. 

Capture a Masculine Essence

Don’t get stuck in the mindset that your home has to be manly. You want your apartment or house to speak to who you are as a person and what your particular style happens to be. Don’t try to be something that you’re not. That being said, many men do tend to gravitate toward more neutral colors, dark wood paneling, and contemporary decorations. 

Of course, everyone is different, which is why we encourage men to browse the internet and check out Pinterest to get a better sense of what they would actually like to see in their homes. To use neutral colors in a very playful way, you can try mixing dark colors with light and bring a lot of wood and metal accents into the home.

Capturing Your Sense of Fashion

Stop It with the Sweatpants

We love sweatpants as much as the next man—they’re comfy and affordable, and it doesn’t matter if you get them dirty. That’s fine, but do not—WE REPEAT—do not wear them out as an outfit. Even if you’re just running to the grocery store. Jogger pants are really in right now and much more fashionable than your standard pair of dingy sweatpants. Throw on those more refined joggers and run your errands. After all, you never know when you might run into the right lady, and you definitely don’t want to be seen in your spaghetti-stained shorts when you do.

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Add Some Accessories

Accessories are what takes your wardrobe to the next level. If you feel pretty confident in your sense of fashion right now, but you want something to spice it up a bit, then accessories are exactly what you need. 

Show off your swagger with an iced-out gold chain or add a touch of gold to your wrist with a bracelet. Some men shy away from accessories because they feel that they are too feminine or they’re not used to incorporating them. Don’t get stuck in these trappings. Men’s jewelry can give the appearance of being more manly and work as a status symbol. When you’re rocking those diamonds, everybody will notice how fresh you’re looking.

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Invest in a Few Staple Pieces

When it comes to shopping for clothing and jewelry, it’s always quality over quantity. For certain items, like a regular white tee that you’re not wearing outside of chilling at the house, sure, you can go buy that cheap pack of five from Target or Walmart. But, when it comes to the threads you’ll be stepping out in, you need to take it to the next level. Buying more expensive items that are clearly better quality will help your clothing last longer and allow you more opportunities to mix and match. 

Pick out a few really good-quality staple pieces—maybe a leather jacket or a red velvet blazer—and then build the rest of your wardrobe around these. You want to fill your closet with items that can be used interchangeably while still expressing your personality. Pair your favorite outfits with your new accessories or even some custom gold jewelry, and you'll be the flyest dude in the room.

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Start a Watch Collection

If you’re not super into the idea of wearing accessories like bracelets, rings, and gold chains, then consider starting a watch collection. Watches are perhaps the most widely accepted accessory by men because there’s something very sophisticated yet practical about them. You can opt for a more lowkey style or embrace your inner bling lover and go for an iced-out Rolex. 

Take Inspiration from Your Favorite Stars

If you’re still struggling to find a fashion style that you feel fits your personality, it’s a good idea to look at people who you admire. People aren’t born knowing how to look fashionable; it’s an acquired skill. Identify a look that you like and incorporate it into your shopping.

Be the Best Version of You

Having a full wardrobe and doing a home makeover aren’t about changing who you are, they are about discovering who you are and letting that shine through. As a bachelor, you tend to get a bad rap for having a dirty house and a mediocre sense of style. Not anymore, my dude. 

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Follow some of these tips on how to revamp your house and your wardrobe, and invest in some dope Cuban link chains or other accessories to help bring your style to the forefront. At Frost NYC, we have one of the dopest, most extensive collections of gold jewelry, so you’re sure to find exactly what you need when you shop with us.


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October 23, 2020

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