There are so many benefits and advantages to living solo. For one thing, we have the freedom to clock in and out of social time as we wish. There is no shortage of space for our possessions, activities, and hobbies—regardless of how small the space is. We don’t need to share with anybody! Besides, there is something empowering about cultivating our own independence and not relying on other people for our day-to-day survival and entertainment. We find out more about ourselves when we live alone—our likes, dislikes, and everything about us outside of external influence.
And the best part about living alone? We get to design, decorate, or style our place exactly the way we want it to. If you are female and thinking of investing in a modern apartment complex, here are some interior design trends you need to incorporate into your space to turn it into the ultimate bachelorette pad of your dreams.
Keep Your Canvas Neutral
If you are given free reins to paint the walls, consider keeping the walls neutral. Think of it as your blank canvas: Once you make the walls loud and vibrant, you are limited in your choice of furniture pieces and other smaller decorative accessories. Keeping your walls as neutral as possible will allow you to go wild with your other design choices. Here are some trendy colors from Benjamin Moore:
- Shaker Beige
- Lenox Tan
- Cedar Key
- Manchester Tan
- Bleeker Beige
- Wind’s Breath
- Grant Beige
- Classic Gray
- Barren Plain
- Silver Fox
- Pale Oak
- Rockport Gray
- Balboa Mist
Neutral colors will help set the stage for the rest of your color choices. When it comes to playing with your color palette, remember to follow the 60-30-10 design rule, which basically states that 60 percent of your room must be the main color (which are your walls); 30 percent is to be your secondary color, which supports your main color, but must be different enough to make a distinction (this could be your accent chairs, painted furniture, accent walls, and others); and 10 percent is to be your accent color, which can be the artwork in the room or other smaller decorative elements or accessories.
Don’t Box Yourself in the Color Pink
Just because you want to transform your space into a bachelorette pad, it doesn’t mean you have to turn everything pink. There are plenty of ways to make your interiors look feminine without using more traditional means. Here are some ways you can do this:
Aside from color, you can also play with shape to make the room appear more feminine or soft. Instead of using furniture pieces with sharp edges, opt for ones that are round and have lining details on the smoother side. When looking for furniture pieces or smaller decorative elements, think of the word “delicate” so that you only pick pieces that evoke that feeling.
Do away with materials that give off an “industrial” feel. Instead, choose materials like fancy mirrors, elegant chandeliers, dainty lamps, and sheer fabrics—especially for the drapes. Opt for hanging pendant lights with warm-toned bulbs to give your interiors a feminine glow.
You must also be choosy when it comes to patterns because they can make or break the atmosphere in your space. Here are some patterns you need to prioritize if you want your interiors to look and feel distinctly feminine:
- Polka dots
- Geometric patterns
As you can see, there are so many ways to transform a space into a bachelorette pad without defaulting to the color pink. Just let your personality run free, and you would have a more dynamic space that reflects more of who you are.
Make It the Perfect Space for Gatherings
Good design allows people to gather together as comfortably as possible. Just because you’re living solo, it doesn’t mean you have to live like a hermit. Let your house be the place where you and your family members and friends congregate for some good food and refreshing drinks. Here are some tips you need to remember:
- Layer up your common areas. Add area rugs, pillows, blankets, and throws to add a layer of coziness and intimacy into the space.
- Add plenty of seating. If your space is on the smaller side, consider investing in multifunctional add-ons, like storage that can double as chairs.
We live in a time when our homes need to be a sanctuary, but perhaps even more so for people who live alone. Invest in your space so you can feel as independent and empowered as possible.