When’s the last time you had to furnish a place? Was it your dorm room? Was it that place you moved into when you got your first job? Did your thoughts about decorating ever go much beyond Ikea? And are you now staring at an almost empty room, with some castoff furniture and cardboard boxes?
You need to have some sense of style. You’re not a kid anymore, and no one else is going to make these decisions for you. If you’ve never thought about decorating style, this is like trying to paint a picture while blindfolded. You could take a few months, or years, developing and refining your tastes, but that’s a problem when you’re staring at your underfurnished, sad little space, trying to restart your life.
So let’s paint by numbers first. Here are four easy design styles that you can pick from for your new place. If you’re looking at an empty room, and need a chair, table and sofa, here’s how you can try some instant style:
No offense if you live in a trailer now, but this is the style to pick if you think you might be living in a trailer in the not-too-distant future. It’s cheap but sturdy; better using this than cardboard boxes. If you move on past this style, you can just put these things out on your lawn.
These stackable chairs bring style on a shoestring budget. Stop sitting on the floor, man. When you upgrade your furniture later, you'll still want to keep these around in case you have an unexpected crowd.
This metal table is clean enough for inside, indestructible if you put it outside later. Good enough to eat takeout alone, throw a tablecloth over it to serve a special dinner, round so you can play poker with the boys.
This futon sofa is better than what you'll find in a dorm, but cheaper than you'll find anywhere else. You won't mind using it in a pinch, and you won't mind putting it out on the curb when you're done.
It’s not that everything at the Swedish superstore is bad, it’s just that you can do better for roughly the same price. Sure, you have to assemble it, but hey it'll make you feel handy.
This solid wood round table is roughly 1000% more awesome that you'll find in a warehouse store.
This contemporary sofa is as clean as your conscience. Easy to assemble for easy style.
It’s the hipster choice, in danger of being overplayed but the solid designs are something you can appreciate as a man, without feeling too precious about the look.
The industrial look is all about metal and organics. Iron and wood combine in this stylish seat.
Industrial style is solid enough to do man's work on. This solid industrial table will make you feel like you can butcher your own pig.
This distressed leather sofa complements the iron and wood with some lush material. You want some warmth to take the edge off those hard surfaces.
Here’s the easy choice for sophistication, modern style with retro cool. We're talking about real design now, so you're going to end up spending serious money if you want to do this right. Here's some choices that you won't regret.
You'll get instant style with this classy chair.
Here's where you start to understand that great furniture is an investment. This beautiful round table is a work of art you can eat on.
This sofa with chaise is a modern interpretation of classic mid-century design. It'll make you happy to lounge around in your living room.
These are just starter packets for you to understand that there's a thing called style and you have to choose one even if you think you don't care. Once you start to fill out your space with things that feel right to you, you'll see that the more you put your style into your place, the more that place will nurture you and support your life.
Trailer Chic - it doesn't take a lot of money to live with a little class
Ikea Killers - your furniture shouldn't be disposable
Industrial - masculine and modern, this is the go-to look for the stylish man
Mid-Century Modern - the Mad Men got it right