There’s a certain look that comes to mind when you hear the words bachelor pad. The phrase tends to evoke leather sofas, lounge chairs, giant entertainment centers, and a fully stocked  bar. But more and more single men are proving that living solo doesn’t mean forsaking a stylish home. We’ve gathered bachelor pads from the AD archives that put a contemporary and cool twist on traditional masculine style. These modern spaces are full of chic decorating ideas to help you create the ultimate bachelor pad, whether you’re living the single life—or just want your home to look like you are.

Showcase an Art Collection
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Showcase an Art Collection

When a Manhattan bachelor purchased a piece of land on Martha’s Vineyard, he turned to architecture and design firm Ashe + Leandro to create the perfect getaway. The great room displays selections from his extensive art collection, including works by, from left, Howard Hodgkin, Sterling Ruby, Aaron Young, and Rashid Johnson; the bespoke ceiling lights were created in collaboration with the Urban Electric Co., the sofas and slipper chairs are by Christian Liaigre, and the striped pillows are by Ralph Lauren Home.

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Keep the Palette Simple

No need to go too wild with pattern or color. Here, a punchy palette of red, white, and blue animates a guest room.

Add Leather Accents
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Add Leather Accents

There's a right way to do leather in a bachelor pad. Our recommendation? Stick to vintage pieces. Before settling down with model Behati Prinsloo, singer Adam Levine resided in a chic Hollywood Hills Home decorated by Mark Haddawy and outfitted with classics by 20th-century-design icons. The living room is a well-edited haven of vintage pieces: a Dunbar sofa in Maharam mohair velvet, a Stilnovo floor lamp, a Jean Prouvé cocktail table, a Hans J. Wegner Ox chair, and a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybed. The pillows are covered in antique Caucasian textiles, and the carpet is 1920s Persian.

The master bath.
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Opt for Sleek Surfaces

You can't go wrong with stone surfaces, particularly in the bath. The marble-clad master bath of Adam Levine's home features an antique claw-foot tub from Architectural Detail and a Paul McCobb table from JF Chen.

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Create Space For Entertaining

Make sure you have room to have people over, whether it's to watch the game or crack open a bottle of whiskey. Designer Peter Dunham worked with film producer Steve Tisch on the redecoration of his 1932 Paul Williams House in Beverly Hills. Basquiat's Trumpet is displayed above a custom-made sofa in the living room; the cocktail tables are vintage French, and the 1940s floor lamps are by Jacques Adnet.

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