Style and Grooming for Men by Yatan Ahluwalia: Independent Living in Style – 71Bait

Deciphering the lead look

Hair: Short on the sides, spikes on top.

Eyebrows: Natural, thick and bushy.

Face: Midday shadow stubble.

lips: Polished and clean

Dress: Fitted ribbed white vest, black joggers and white casual shoes.

The couch: Comfortable 3 seater sofa in blue velvet (with a retro look and feel) with exposed legs from Furn Mill.

Lifestyle tip: A bright, monochromatic sofa is sure to be the focal point of your living room.

Because your interior design and home decor choices can say a lot about you, it’s important to pay close attention to the details. After all, you’ve worked hard to get a place of your own, and now it’s time to give it the vibes of your personal style.

A successful masculine interior scheme depends on using the right materials and opting for a sleek design that results in an effective blend of old and new coupled with functionality and comfort.

The secret to keeping a space interesting is in the finishes and materials. In fact, exposed concrete, organic linen, wooden panels, stone and steel can add a lot of character to an interior. And without too much decoration to steal the show, these elements can really show off their texture and shine.

Less is more, so be careful not to overdesign. Keep in mind that very masculine designs can sometimes feel austere and clinical, so balance that by bringing warmth with lots of leather, wood, and layered lighting to add interest.

Texture in interior design is just as important, if not essential. Remember that the most successful minimalist spaces combine movement and depth. An element of texture creates a feeling of warmth and gives the room a more relaxed and welcoming look.

Masculine interiors fit into many design narratives. For example, industrial, minimalist, and contemporary designs all have masculine elements. The core of these styles goes well with the clean aesthetic of the rugged look.

Lifestyle tip: Symmetry is an important component in masculine decor. Use it to create balance and a sense of calm.

Whether you’re looking for ideas for your first apartment or you’re a homeowner looking to spruce up your space, my selection of must-have household items has something for everyone:

The living room

A monochromatic decorating scheme is a minimalist choice that requires boldness and a strong eye for design. Your furniture and the pieces you place should strike a balance between streamlined minimalism and luxurious comfort.

wall art

You don’t have to be an art collector to have a cool piece or two in your home. Art is subjective and unique to your taste, but your walls should never be bare. Depending on your budget, you can opt for original artwork or prints. You can also adorn your walls with photographs, sketches, and even wallpaper—although nothing beats the rich appearance of an original work, on any medium of your choice.

The decade belongs to abstract, modern and graphic art. (Abstract oil on canvas in shades of blue and white by Anand Verma of Samarpan Arts Studio)

The gimmicks

If you want to keep your space as functional as possible, then adopt the look of a full entertainment center complete with storage, functional seating, and an on-trend block color scheme.

Put your gadgets on display and make sure the TV and sound system are on display and drawing attention. However, make sure you are at a sufficient viewing distance (usually around three metres) and that the area has the correct acoustics and screen clarity (without reflections or shadows) on the TV.

Three Stylish Home Appliances Every Man Must Have:

A theater style TV

As the TV has replaced going to the cinema at home, you should invest in a TV that has a large display, allows efficient connection to multiple apps and different streaming platforms, and offers optimal picture and sound quality. Above all, make sure the TV has a high resolution to keep up with the latest gaming consoles. Change the display image (screen saver) on the set or run continuous graphics so that the screen becomes the background even when not used to watch a series or a game.

A state of the art TV to enhance your viewing experience is a must have for your man pad. (The 55 inch 4k UHD Smart TV with voice control from Croma)

A home theater audio device

Your audio system should be good enough for you to relax when you’re alone or make your parties and gatherings the talk of the town (and neighborhood). While acoustics are important and vital, make sure your audio device is feature-packed and looks as good as it sounds. Having several speakers with good performance is always a good idea.

A fully connected home theater that works with all devices and gives you immersive sound is essential for music lovers. (The fantastic SBW600 5.1 Dolby Audio Surround Soundbar with subwoofer from Blaupunkt)

3. Air purifier

Given the air quality in most places, your home should be your sanctuary for clean air. Invest wisely in a high-performance, multi-function air purifier based on the size of the room it will be placed in and one that keeps up with your personal routine and lifestyle. Make sure its technology and Wi-Fi are enabled to be able to work and control remotely.

A good air purifier should be able to keep the home air free of pollutants, allergens, dust, toxins, smoke and odors. (The Powerful Hulk Air Purifier by O2 Cure)

functional elements

Fill your space with accent furniture that will help fill in corners, coves, and empty spaces. These must always follow the decor, color story and theme of the room or your home.

corner table

Ideally, these should not take up too much space and be able to be moved if necessary. A combination of stone and metal is a strong new trend that is likely to remain dominant for years to come.

A sleek corner table is ideal for placing a lamp, an ashtray or your coffee. (Handcrafted inlaid marble table with foldable stand by Jaypore)


Aside from naturally filtering the air in your apartment, plants are a great choice for men’s home decor as they are easy to care for and add a lot of appeal to any room and home. Place them in attractive planters so they’re easy to care for and showy enough to become conversation starters.

A plant in a beautiful planter will bring even the dullest of spaces to life. (Studio Palasa’s beautiful handcrafted, custom droplet and cosmos planters)

The beverage station

If you want to relax and end the day with a drink or two, either alone or with friends, make sure you have a well-stocked bar with the right spirits, brands, serving attire and accessories. Remember, bars have the inherent ability to become social gathering spots in your home.

The portable man pole

Large bars are traditionally used for your alcohol and glass collection. A small portable but functional bar, on the other hand, serves as both storage and display, and can also be taken outside. Put this in your bedroom, man cave, or take it with you on a road trip or picnic date.

A smart and lightweight yet durable bar like this allows you to take your barware with you on the go. (The smart Hyde Portable briefcase made from high-quality crocodile leather by Three Sixty)

serving bowls

Style is in the details and the right serveware can make all the difference when hosting and entertaining at home, whether for business or pleasure.

These aesthetic handmade black clay Longpi ceramic bowls from Manipur are ideal for snacking with your drinks. (Longpi ebony shells by Soignne)

The bedroom

Clean, sturdy and impressive – masculine bedroom designs have always been a source of bold interiors. But more than moody hues and strong materials, comfort and practicality are important, especially when it comes to your bed and ensuring you get eight hours of restful “beauty sleep” to look your best and feel even better when you wake up.

Lifestyle tip: Monochrome is not boring. Light and dark shades of gray or blue paired with white can create an amazing combination for your bedroom.

Aromatherapy spray for pillows and sheets

Essential oils have a variety of benefits for the mind and body. Aside from making your room smell and feel better, a few sprays on your pillow will ensure you get it on before and during sleep. Application: Mist a light mist over pillow or sheets for an authentic aromatherapy experience.

This powerful blend of pure sandalwood, patchouli, nutmeg, lavender, geranium and other oils ensures a restful deep sleep (Tranquil Sleep Pillow Spray by The Fragrance People, Melbourne)

A weighted blanket

A glass bead filled weighted blanket may be heavier than normal, but can feel incredibly relaxing when you lie underneath. Make sure it matches your bed and the color scheme of your bedroom. Choose the size according to your personal needs and preferences.

This Feel-Good Blanket Ensures Restful and Soothing Sleep (Sleepycat Gray Weighted Blanket for Anxiety and Stress Relief)

duvet cover

Adorn your bed with an eye-catching duvet or bedspread to keep it looking inviting. Learn to make your bed as soon as you wake up. Keep those sheets, comforters, and duvet covers as clean and spotless as possible. Especially recommended both before and after the “gamble”.

This tonal striped duvet cover feels good and looks both masculine and sophisticated. (Navy Egyptian Cotton Linen by Vaaree)

The author is an image, style, care and etiquette consultant and trainer.

From HT Brunch, August 13, 2022

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