Cool, Contemporary Bachelor Pad

Designer Hubert May pulls out all the stops to give his client the simple, clean bachelor pad he had hoped for.
Stylish Bachelor Pad Living Room

Stylish Bachelor Pad Living Room

This bachelor pad living room has it all: space, style and comfort. A blue wall anchors the gray sofa, while a corner fireplace serves as the room's focal point. A shaggy brown area rug defines the sitting area, which includes a brown leather chair.

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With a fully-formed vision and a $30,000 budget, designer Hubert May was able to redefine a basic bachelor pad, making it a cool, contemporary space that his client loves.

Describe the homeowner's wish list.

The owner was newly divorced, so he wanted a place that was minimal but his kids would find cool.

What was the biggest issue the design addressed?

The linear nature of the space was the biggest issue. It made furniture placement a challenge. We ran new electrical/cable outlets to allow for the desired TV and game system location.

Cool Bachelor Pad With Contemporary Style

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Blank Canvas

A very basic before leaves plenty of room for improvement as designer Hubert May works with his client to find a vision for the space and ultimately create a stylish, simple bachelor pad.

Contemporary Cool

A soft blue accent wall sets the tone for the simple, calm living space. A contemporary sofa is both comfortable and stylish and definitely brings in the cool factor the client was hoping for.

Glass Act

Due to lack of space, a glass coffee table was the perfect choice in the contemporary living room. Not only does it look beautiful on top of the shag area rug, it also creates the illusion of more space.

Pillows Talk

An unexpected mix of throw pillows is a fun way to add a whimiscal touch to the room. Faux fur adds texture and warmth, while a pretty floral pattern lends a feminine softness to the more masculine space.

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Got to Have Games

"The linear nature of the space was the biggest issue," explains Hubert. "It made furniture placement a challenge. We ran new electrical/cable outlets to allow for the desired TV and game system location."

Color Pops

Because the client has children who love to visit, fun pops of color and interesting art come together to add warmth and fun to the space.

Dining in Style

Leading off from the living room is a cozy dining space big enough for four. The Little People Screen covering the heating vent is an interesting addition that aids in the transition from dining to living room.

Dining Details

Hanging above the table is a stunning chandelier that is sure to enhance any dining experience. A unique horse hair rug beneath the table adds to the home's masculine charm.

Orchid Alcove

"The client loves orchids, so I decided to place a pop of color behind it," says Hubert.

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Describe an obstacle in the space.

The biggest obstacle was time. The client thought it would come together as quickly as it does on TV. So I had to manage his expectations, while meeting all deadlines.

How did the end result match your original vision?

It turned out better than originally planned. The client loved my vision so much that he was willing to go over the established budget to ensure our vision for the space was fulfilled.

What lessons did you learn from this project?

Clients will be willing to try new colors, textures or patterns when they’re presented in a way they can relate to. I’ve learned to give clients the opportunity to see new things, so we’ll both have a chance to grow.

What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?

The client loves orchids, so I decided to place a pop of color behind it. The Little People Screen hides the condo’s heating vent.

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