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Solo space style

One of the biggest perks of living alone is being able to decorate in any way you want. If you're looking to brighten up your bachelorette pad or make some design changes, we have you covered. Check out our picks for some stylish pieces, perfect for any solo space.

Before you start

First things first: The key to decking out your bachelorette pad is looking to your personal style. "Know your own style and what makes you feel peaceful and calm. A home should be comfortable and relaxing. It is a blank canvas to express yourself," advises interior designer Joan Behnke. That being said, avoid going overboard with brash and bold designs. "If you love wearing prints then the fabrics on your furniture should be plain. A print dress on a print sofa is too much," she advises.

Other than keeping your larger pieces neutral, the rest is up to you. "There are so many acceptable trends. The mid-century look is back, and I'm told by my Paris friends that other classic styles are coming back," Behnke says. "Designers now combine old with new alike and make great design statements by mixing different styles."

Before you buy

Before hitting the checkout, think about what you're buying and whether it will last. "I always recommend buying good quality. One beautiful antique or painting is better than lots of junk," Behnke advises. Since solo spaces are often small, you might also want to consider making choices that will give the illusion of more space. "If you want your home to look larger, keep it neutral and monochromatic with accents of color," she says.

Color advice

Think about the colors that make you happy and go from there. Love pink? Pick up some throw pillows in your go-to hue and use them to add a pop of fresh color to your couch or bed. You can also look to fashion for inspiration, says Behnke. "If Dior is showing purple, it can be that the fabric trends for furniture will be showing purple."

Certain colors make you feel calm and others make you excited. Where you decide to add your hues of choice depends on the room. A bright yellow might not be the best choice for the bedroom, where you want things to be calm. Heather gray, pale mint or cream work well. One color that doesn't follow the rules: red. "Although a strong color, red can be used like a neutral," says Behnke.

Six cool picks for your pad

We source six stylish picks for your bachelorette pad.

Textured bedding

Textured bedding

We love the easy elegance of this organic pintuck duvet cover and shams in light amethyst. $24 to $139 from West Elm

Pretty pillows

Pretty pillows

Add some cool color to any room with a few of these raw silk, hand-dyed pillows in an array of gorgeous hues. We're partial to the raspberry and the lavender. $40 from Crate & Barrel

Neat nesting tables

Neat nesting tables

Anything that stacks or stores well is a great space-saver for smaller apartments. That's why these colorful retro-chic nesting tables caught our eye, perfect for pulling out when you have company. $898 at Anthropologie

Kitchen island and stool

Kitchen island and stool

Small kitchen? No problem. Create space by opting for something diminutive but design-friendly. We were instantly smitten by this stylish kitchen island and matching stool made from reclaimed oak wine barrels. Two shelves, ample surface space and a seat can be discreetly tucked into a corner. $250 to $800 at

Paned mirror

Paned mirror

Mirrors help create the illusion of space, not to mention make for a timeless piece of decor. We're currently coveting this pretty paned mirror inspired by old warehouse windows. $189 at Pottery Barn

Sleeper daybed

Sleeper daybed

Olive offers a twist on basic neutral hues like beige or gray. This chic olive daybed allows for ample seating, plus a sleeping space for any overnight guests (without having to get a pullout couch). Add some vibrant pillows to complete the look. $899 at CB2

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Comments on "Decorating Diva: Fab finds for your bachelorette pad"

Ahmet July 11, 2012 | 9:30 AM

The first photo makes me want to be in New York, flagging down a cab in some super-chic cltehos! :) This weekend I did a little shopping with the husband and I went to an Incubus concert with a girlfriend. Was fun but I didn't get enough rest either... :( Hope you had a great Monday!xRachel

Lauren June 21, 2012 | 5:48 PM

I love love love the sleeper bed! I have actually been looking for a chaise lounge but will now consider sleeper beds as well. I think they look so cute in any room, and are great for reading a magazine on with a glass of wine! It's also great for a friend to crash on if need be. Thanks for the suggestions!

Caitlin June 20, 2012 | 10:11 AM

These are all such great ideas! I especially love the panned mirror.

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