Single guy needs to furnish and decorate an empty apartment. Completely lost -- please help!
Okay, so I moved to a new city and have a good-sized 1-bedrom apartment that I need to decorate. Originally, I planned to decorate it the same way I decorated my old place : lots of sleek, ultra-comfortable black leather furniture, black glass table & tv stand, basically lots of black. Bookshelves prominently displayed (I'm a reader). A good mix of modern art and vintagey, old-timey posters on the walls. However, one of my good friends (an artist) told me that I shouldn't go through with this plan - especially the black leather furniture - which she said was "soooo typical" and "just screamed bachelor pad." I'm not sure why "bachelor pad" is a bad thing, but whatever. To be fair, I was thinking something like this,
with nice, clean lines. I despise the "ugly pile of overstuffed pillows" look - I think you know what I'm talking about (if you're curious, search for "black leather
" on Craigslist. Most of the stuff on there is stuff that I hate.)
Anyway, I know that the big thing now is "mid-century modern," which means that my apartment is supposed to look like my grandma's living room circa 1959. I think this looks great in other peoples' apartments, but I'm just not a fan of it for my own. Especially the couches/chairs - I hate the fabrics and textures, and the padding just looks so thin and uncomfortable. So basically, I'm completely lost and don't know what to do. I know that the typical answer to these questions is "just get what *YOU* like," but that isn't really going to help me here. Yes, I do plan on bringing women home with me, and yes, I want them to think that I have good taste. Is that so wrong?
I'm not interested in going all generic and Ikea with this, and I'm also not really interested in the generic microfibre/fake suede thing that everybody seems to love so much. I want something unique, modern, and cool, not something boring and forgettable that just takes up space. And screw "chaise" sofas, recliners, and sofabeds. Not down with sectionals, either.
So my question is twofold - is my original decorating idea (black leather, etc.) really so bad? And if so, what are your suggestions? For the suggestions, absolutely ANYTHING is appreciated : stores, styles, blogs, ideas, specific pieces of furniture/decorations, general aesthetics, advice from personal experience, pretty much ANY PIECE OF INFORMATION that you think could help me.
I need to buy furniture for a kitchen, living room, and bedroom. Figure that I have a few grand to spend. I live in the Bay Area, if that helps.
I know that another standard answer to this question is to just wait around forever until I find things that I fall in love with, but I'm really not interested in taking that much time and expending that much effort. I don't even really enjoy decorating that much. I have an empty apartment right now and I hate that. I want a nice apartment that I'll enjoy hanging out in and won't feel embarrassed about inviting people to. I don't mind taking more time to pick up wall hangings and decorations - wall hangings are important and it takes time to find artwork that you like. But I pretty much want furniture RIGHT NOW.