The 5 Decorating Tips that Every Guy Needs
Okay, guys. If you know you’re just never going to spend a Saturday with the boys at Home Goods and you have no idea how to make your home look like the Ikea catalogues, then you have come to the right place. Unless you have a serious longterm girlfriend, most guys need a little (or a lot of) help in the home decor department. To say the least, you are certainly not alone in wanting to have a nice place but having no idea where to start. Here are 5 decorating tips that every guy needs.
1. Hang your bikes and surfboard.
Chances are you have some outdoor activities that take up most of your free time (Remember? The reason why you couldn’t go to brunch with your girlfriend’s family this weekend). This means golf clubs, tennis rackets, bikes, surfboards, etc. And they usually land right out in the open on your living room or bedroom. Instead, try mounting your bike and hanging your surfboard with a wall rack. They’re still within reach but will free up your floor space. We’ll discuss the rest of your hobbies later.
2. Use houseplants.
Who knew, masculine houseplants do exist! Try bringing some life into your place by adding snake plants, cactus or small succulents. If you need help picking out your new plants, any girl you know will gladly take the lead. Or we’ll at least return your frantic texts, like “Which one do I get?” when you find yourself lost in the nursery section.
3. Put away your remotes and other gadgets.
Your coffee table is most likely decorated by the 5 remotes to your TV. Putting these things away when you’re not using them will instantly make your place look less cluttered. Try to designate a cabinet or side table drawer for storing remotes and gadgets. If you don’t have a drawer, use a small woven basket or a wooden tray. Then stick to that one spot, so you always know where to find them.
4. Get a candle.
Sometimes all you need to make your place look a little nicer is the right ambiance. Try an amber glass candle, like Teakwood & Tobacco from PF Candle Co. Then light it when you have guests over. Or before you sit on the couch to turn on the TV and look up mountain biking videos on Youtube.
5. Free up your kitchen counter.
I’m going to take a wild guess that there are things on your kitchen counter that do not need to be there. Things that you don’t ever use. Your toaster (can’t remember the last time you bought bread), the blender that you used for the first week, or the plastic cooking spoons that have never seen a sauce pan. Put these guys away - in a drawer or kitchen cabinet - if you don’t use them frequently. Clearing up your surfaces will allow the space to breathe.