A man’s home should be his castle, and with these small finishing touches, you'll soon feel like a king.
Add some hooks for hanging you and your guests' coats. There should also be a neat and tidy place to store shoes. Add a shelf or table with a trinket tray to catch your keys, mail, and any other incidentals, and a mirror for last-minute checks before leaving the house.
A table and chairs
Meals should not be eaten hunched over the coffee table. Every man should have a dining area, no matter how small, where he can relax over dinner and entertain guests. Sitting at the table isn't just more refined, it's also better for your health. Researchers have found that families who dine together, away from the distractions of television, are less likely to gain excess weight.
A statement desk
Having a dedicated space for working from home will make it easier to focus, and is better for your posture than using your laptop on the sofa. Choose a nice hardwood desk and give it pride of place, either in your living room or your home office.
Designer bed sheets
We spend a third of our lives in bed, so don’t be scared to invest in expensive sheets with a high thread count. Plain white sheets never go out of style.
Keep your books in prime condition and showcase your interests to guests. First edition classics always look good on a bookshelf, as do travel books and maps. Leave space on the shelves for framed art prints, succulent plants, and holiday souvenirs.
The lighting in a room can completely change the atmosphere. Remove any fluorescent lights and replace them, installing dimmer switches so you can control the light levels in every room. Try to avoid using the main light when possible and use table and floor lamps instead: these provide a more subtle glow.
There are few things more relaxing or invigorating than a long shower at the end of the day. A waterfall head, some extra jets, and a shower bench will make your shower special. Stock it with high-end toiletries, and have plenty of large fluffy towels for drying off afterwards. Opt for dark coloured towels, as white ones can lose their pristine colouring after multiple machine washes.
Good quality glasses
Whether your tipple of choice is Scotch whisky, Spanish wine, English real ale or filtered water, having a high quality glass to drink it from will make all the difference. Invest in good decanters and jugs for entertaining, too.
A portable Bluetooth speaker is great for bringing Spotify into the kitchen while you cook dinner, while a proper sound system will add impact to action scenes in your favourite films.
USB wall sockets
Replace your existing wall sockets with USB wall-charging plates. These sockets have spaces for regular plugs as well as USB cables. This is an inexpensive and quick change that makes charging your personal gadgets a lot easier, as you'll no longer need to hunt for adapter plugs first.
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