How to Create the Ultimate Living Space

Designer Matthew Cane shows us what’s up.

Figuring out how to make your bachelor pad just as dapper as you are can be tricky. Don’t worry though; interior designer Matthew Cane has some tips on how to get started, and his client’s masculine NYC apartment for some inspiration.

When deciding to take on any new project, we’re always advised to start slow. So when it comes to designing your space, the same rules apply. With paint colors, furniture, lighting, art, and flooring to worry about it can get overwhelming, fast.

New York City-based interior designer Matthew Cane says start small. “Find a cool side table or bar cart and just load up the bottles. It’ll always be a conversation piece and it’s so simple to do,” says Cane. Once you’re ready to kick it up a notch, think about incorporating an accent wall to add some depth to your space. “Stick to grey, navy, and neutral tones. It always gives a room a designer feel.” Cane cleverly used this technique in his client’s NYC apartment to make their living room feel like a relaxed cigar lounge.


He used Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy paint for the living room’s back wall to give it some masculine edge. Then, he created a gallery wall with a collection of personal, vintage, and modern art that’s highlighted by brass wall sconces for some extra sophistication. “Making sure that this gallery wall was completely lined up and not random was important,” says Cane. If you’re not ready to dive into a full-on gallery wall try finding one good piece. “It doesn’t have to be anything expensive. Just something that speaks a cool vibe. Geometric and abstract are always safe bets.”


Once you’ve considered paint, it’s time to bring it all together. Buy some good coffee table books to keep your guests entertained and for decoration near the TV. Fantastic Man: Men of Great Style and Substance by Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers is a good one that’ll probably keep that TV of yours off.


Cane (and so should you) turned to CB2, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Gus Modern, NYC’s floral district, and a ton of other go-to shops to fill the space. “The goal was to have the apartment be masculine and cool, but refined at the same time.”

Check out some of the pieces he used to create this Tom Ford-inspired living room:

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For the bedroom, keep it simple with a muted color palette that will relax your senses. Then, make sure to balance out the room. Cane used dual pieces of artwork, wall lamps, and bedside storage sandwiched in between a plush Ralph Lauren-inspired bed with a high headboard.


Got more of an emergency situation at home? Check out Homepolish, a full-service firm that helps you design your space without the stress.

Images courtesy of Homepolish and Claire Esparros

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