It's easy to let the bedroom fall into shambles with unmade beds, clutter, and lack of furniture (and not because you're a minimalist). With a firmly closed door, visitors never have to know what's really going on back there. However, closed-door syndrome can be alleviated by upgrading with a few simple, dynamic additions. "The bedroom is a key space to every home. It is one of the most important rooms, it's really where you spend most of your time," says Jennifer Morris of JMorris Design.
The centerpiece of the bedroom is, not surprisingly, the bed, and should be carefully put together from top to bottom. Having quality bedding is an important upgrade for guys looking to maintain a modern look that isn't reminiscent of dorm life. "Don't be fooled by the highest thread count pitches," Morris adds. "Past 550 you don't feel much difference, and in fact it can be too stiff."
Essential fixtures like a high-quality mattress, sleek lighting, a rug, and bench can instantly create a livable, welcoming room for men. Also, creativity can come into play when selecting furniture and accents: muted colors throughout is unnecessary; don't be afraid to go for colorful fabrics and patterns. Dark colors on the wall can add an exclusive touch, while small accents, like throws, add subtle, warm detailing.
Here are a few of Morris's suggestions for upgrading a man's bedroom.