After my post on navy rooms the other day, my sister sent me this comment, asking for advice for her boyfriend’s future apartment:
Noma, I am trying to inspire and motivate (P) in his (slow moving) apartment search by showing him some of your posts on more masuculine style… so far he likey likey, but maybe you can post some more ideas that might be good? he found most appealing the navy rooms, stainless steel and dark wood, vintage style as well as modern features- you know he can paint so i am encouraging him to do some nice grey palette abstract paintings- if they turn out good i will see if he can do something for you as well. Also some way to display him guitars, amp, percussion etc as at the moment they just clutter up a corner. Most likely space will also be an issue. Any inspiring ideas??
Well, yes! I can picture exactly how fabulous (though maybe I shouldn’t use that word for a man-pad) P’s apartment could be! I’m thinking cow hide rug(s), some 50s influence in timber furniture and sofa, some industrial elements (think light fitting and lamps, industrial-style shelving and brackets for instruments on a wall). I’m thinking some white walls and maybe the entry way and bedroom, or the kitchen, in dark navy or black (believe it or not black can make small spaces look bigger!), some abstract art and also some black and white photos, some mid-century classic pieces included in the furniture. Maybe timber floors, a grey low-lying long sofa, one or two (depending on space) vintage Danish tan leather chairs, some black and some white finishes in there too..it could be fantastic! Here are some ideas to get you started..
I think this apartment (above and below) shows a good use of a small space – I’d replace the French-style armchair with a tan leather vintage one though. There’s also a lot of Ikea here – good for the budget so you can splurge on the vintage pieces!
I love the white, grey and black and the use of the small space above and below – ignore the chandelier and the piano!
Remember John Mayer’s pad in Elle Decor? Think I remember it was decorated by Armani?? Very masculine and sleek bachelor pad-ish.