Working as a professional interior designer for many decades, I've been involved in design-and-build residential building projects.
There is a general view out there that men pay less attention to their bedroom styles but more to the living and entertainment areas and that in many cases, men bedrooms are almost like an extension of their college dormitories; haphazardly arranged, disorganised, and not really exuding any form of style. But is this perception true? Not in all cases.
Many guys do take interest in their interior design and their bedroom layouts are thoughtfully put together. But for those who don’t, or who think stylish bedroom design ideas are expensive, or, may require the services of a decorator or interior designer, creating a great bedroom design doesn’t require professional services, much effort, or time. And it will not necessarily require much money either.
If you are single (or live alone) and wish to have a stylishly put-together bedroom, the first important thing is to decide on is the style you wish to create. Trendy, traditional, minimalist, contemporary, or eclectic? The next thing to consider is your budget. Do you plan to do a total bedroom upgrade, use what you already have plus some added accents, or change a few furnishings to help create the style you desire?
To create a masculine look that’s attractively strong, the design does not need to be complex. It can be simple, uncomplicated, and inexpensive, and yet still look fabulous. The important thing is that it should be orderly, peaceful, personal, charming, and devoid of frivolities.
Creating a Bedroom of Your Dreams
Unlike a woman’s bedroom that can be glamorous, colourful, girly, and filled with loads of feminine stuff, a man’s room should be manly and filled with strong and deeply cherished treasures, trophies, memorabilia, framed picture/photos, warm tones (or black and whites), traditional or modern furniture, wood, brick, vintage animal prints, etc...
A gentleman’s bedroom design, asides comfortable bedroom furniture, should include a mirrored wall (or full-length mirror), personal photographs, wall art, bedside lamps (and a floor lamp if possible), a bookcase (or floating shelves) with mind-improving books, a good sound system, and other masculine gadgets.
Materials also play a vital role in determining whether a bedroom has masculine qualities or not. Fabric patterns, colours and textures are equally important areas that require thoughtful choices. There are some basic colours men are always drawn to and they are typically dark tones like black, navy blue, light grey, deep green, brown tones, and earth tones.
Some love to add splashes of brighter bolder colours like orange and red but generally, the less-is-more bedroom design is what appeals to most single men.
Bedroom Design Ideas for Men
Striking the right balance between masculinity, aesthetics, and comfort depends on who is decorating or designing the bedroom. For men who are creative and design-savvy, it won't be challenging but for men who need a little help and inspiration, the following bedroom design ideas will aid your choices and perhaps open up your latent creative 'juices'.
Rustic Style Bedroom
The word rustic can be used to describe rural, country, or pastoral themes. They represent plain and simple styles that are almost unsophisticated but certainly stylish enough for a rugged man. The rustic bedroom décor is for men that love the simple lifestyle, have a close relationship with nature (enjoy retreats in log cabins and beach homes), and like the natural characteristics of materials like brick, hardwood, cotton, and stone.
Typical colours are subtle natural earth tones and hues of tree bark, natural stones, terracotta, and soil with dashes of bold brighter hues.
Eclectic Bedroom Design Ideas
Eclectic décor consists of a mix of different styles of furniture and furnishings and the key to having a great layout is in ensuring that every item and feature complement each other. Men who like eclectic styles tend to have an affinity for bold patterns, bright colours, and varying textures, but this is not to say that you can’t have an eclectic bedroom design comprising of neutral tones.
Contrary to popular belief, in décor-eclecticism, it is not a matter of 'everything goes'. It can look like a complete mess if a jumble of mismatched items with no clear common factor is put together. To maintain a semblance of control, colour, form, texture, and pattern must be used in a way that will tie the whole look together harmoniously.
Traditional Style Bedrooms
Traditional designs come with classic details, curvilinear features, dark wood flooring and furniture, plush furnishings, wall coverings, and elegant window treatments. Rich colour textiles in a variety of textures are typical – silk, brocade, and velvet are commonly used. When this style with its rich colour schemes is introduced into a bedroom setup, it gives a stylish, plush, and extravagant look.
Other features of a traditional style bedroom setting include plaid or patterned wallpaper which in a modern setting can be applied to one feature wall only. Metallic accents can be introduced through furniture fittings like knobs, handles, and light fixtures. Layered beddings, poster beds and elaborate upholstered headboards, trunk beds, vintage lamps, and wall paintings fit perfectly in traditional bedroom designs.
Modern Bedroom Design Ideas for Single Men
Modern bedroom décor is meant to impress. It is trendy, sleek, comfortable, and generally tranquil. It exudes elegance with sometimes minimal furnishings, low stylish beds with matching nightstands and dressers, glamorous table lamps, plants, and wall-hung televisions.
For bachelors who love modern interiors, clean lines, varying textures, sparse furnishing, metallic accents, and solid colours palettes is their main attraction. And for that masculine feel, colour schemes like black and white, dark blue and grey, or red and black work fabulously.
A modern setting features decorative wall art, sculptures, metal, digital wall clocks numerous throw pillows, plush duvets, pendant lights, statement objects, vanity units, modern sconces, lounge chair and stools, and faux animal skin rugs.
Minimalist Bedroom Designs
“Less is more” is what the minimalist style is all about. It’s not about designing a threadbare or having a sparsely furnished space. The style is for those who prefer to keep things simple but stylish and for many men, this is a choice they’d rather go for. Bedrooms should feel like a personal sanctuary, and some like to keep their space clutter-free.
If you feel that a bedroom designed in the minimalist-style may end up looking too sparse and cold, you are wrong. The style can still be created to look inviting and warm. Choice of colours and textures comes to play in making this look successfully put together. Colour palettes are generally neutral, and furnishings are simple streamlined yet punchy pieces. Bedroom accents are minimal (just like furniture) and must possess ultra-clean lines too. Asides aesthetics, functionality is of the essence.
Features of a minimalist style bedroom include simple bed frames (or frameless), one piece of large framed art, potted natural (or faux) plant, and white, light-pastel, or neutral-toned bedding, and simple window treatments like blinds or shades.
Mid-Century Bedroom Designs
Mid-century bedroom designs are fashioned after the style of the 1950s to the 1970s. This was a time when retro-style furnishings, with elements of minimalism, was extremely popular. Men that want a functional bedroom without fussy non-useful elements will like the Mid-century theme. One thing of note is that mid-century themes can be whimsical; ideas are fashioned after graphic designs, pop culture, fashion, and natural forms.
The use of traditional materials like wood, and non-traditional materials such as metal, glass, vinyl, plywood, and plastic-based materials was prevalent in the mid-century style but not necessarily set up in a stylish way. Today, juxtaposing different and contrasting materials together can create a stylish bedroom.
Features of bedrooms styled this way include sleek lines, prints, geometric forms, bold colours, subtle ornamentation, and vintage-style ‘floating’ furniture with tapered legs.
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Gustavo Woltmann1 on January 13, 2017:
Cool tips! I wish I have the time to decorate my own room, I love minimalistic looks. Thanks for sharing the ideas.
Elena from London, UK on November 13, 2015:
Useful Tips and very classy designs.
Thanks for sharing the video too.