Nothing wrong with stocking your pad with Ikea or Craigslist furniture if you are on a tight budget. In fact, you can still make your place look cool and classy like that so long as you have some coherence and harmony with the colors you choose and the way you fit it all together. Many times, it comes down to accessories.
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And it’s not about finding the most expensive stuff, either. Creative shelving, lighting, and condensing 6 remotes to one can reduce clutter and make it appear as though you’ve put a ton of thought into the layout of your home. And whether you’re a bachelor, in a relationship, or married, the women in your life will appreciate you being an adult instead of making your pad a man cave or extension of your college dorm room.
#1. Electrohome Signature Retro Hi-Fi Stereo System ($ 200 @ Amazon.com)
This retro-looking device plays records, CDs, and MP3s, and it has an input for smartphones and tablets. You can also play AM/FM radio stations or record from vinyl to MP3.
It’s old school look is unique and tasteful — something many home speakers or soundbars lack.
#2. Awox StriimLight Mini Color Bluetooth Light ($ 75 @ Amazon.com)
This is both a multi-colored light and a small speaker. It can play music from any device anywhere in your home or yard, and it comes with a remote control to change colors, so it’s perfect for entertaining others. Get a bunch of them together and it’ll look like the pic at the top of the page. Pretty cool, right?
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#3. Large Corner Shelf ($ 40 @ Amazon.com)
Great for displaying photos or candles — those are an easy way to spruce up the aesthetics as well as make your pad smell more pleasant than dirty socks. It’s easy to hang and requires all but no assembly. Basically, you screw it into the wall and you’re set.