There has been a lot of press recently for singletons choosing to live by themselves. Singles are, according to the Evening Standard, the fastest growing population group and more people than ever want to live the good life in the city – by ourselves. When you buy a property as a single professional, there are plenty of demands to be met: how much refurbishment work needs to be made, how are the transport links, is it easy access to local amenities, can this flat cope with a potential plus one further down the line?
While bachelors are usually media’s darlings, especially City bankers and other typically high-earning male professions, bachelorettes have been forced to take a second seat. However, as female professionals are increasingly making their mark on the property ladder, they’re setting trends too.
They might not be as gadget-driven as their male counterparts, but women have their own wish lists.
Storage space – You’ve gathered paraphernalia to last you a lifetime, yet you have nowhere to store them. Minimal closet space, a small bathroom cupboard and no where to the stow away the ironing board might make it desirable to build extra storage. To maximise living space, build cupboards high on the walls, and keep floors clear. An underbed shoe bag and handbag racks will keep the bedroom a clutter-free zone. If you have a budget like Carrie Bradshaw, building a walk-in closet is clearly on top of most girls’ wish lists and the best way of managing your wardrobe wonders.
Decorating – How often do you share the same home decorating taste as the previous owners? Floral wallpapers, a garish focal wall and other dated ideas might become reality when you move in. Go through what colour schemes you want for your rooms, 3 shades normally work best. Bedrooms should be calm and harmonious, while for your living room and bathroom you can let loose.
Mosaic tiles for bathrooms are incredibly popular at the moment, and heated towel rails, while they sound unexciting, sure makes a different after you’ve unloaded the laundry machine. Bathrooms are the biggest interior trend of 2011, and there are plenty of details to spruce up this white space. Shower curtains, toilet lids and potpourri baskets add to the homely touch.
Kitchen – Modern sleek kitchen might enjoy their heyday, but the way forward is the French style farm house kitchen. Begone with cupboard doors and open up your crockery to the world. This of course, requires more dusting, but will make the kitchen more colourful and full of life. Be sure to invest in nice bowls, plates and glasses. Second hand shops can be treasure troves.
Gadgets are a must in this area of the house, too. A retro KitchenAid will help with the popular baking trend, a Nespresso machine will kick start your commute, and a stylish Alessi juice press, designed by Philippe Starck is a must just because of its sleek and timeless look.
If you have recently bought your first flat and need help with walk-in closets, kitchen re-designs, painting jobs or carpet removal, post your job on Rated People for free and up to three local tradesmen will get in touch with a quote.
Thanks to Freshomes for use of photos and for great inspiration.