A man’s home should be much like his wardrobe; you take a look inside and his true personality is revealed. However, getting your home to reflect the sophistication and style of your attire can be difficult; lightbulbs, lounge chairs, and everything in between must be considered when you’ve got whole rooms to furnish. So, we’ve curated a handy list of pieces that no gentleman’s home should be without. These design-conscious piece are guaranteed to make staying in all the more satisfying.
1. A piece of art
Artwork in a gentleman’s living space is an absolute must. Displaying a good piece can really create a sense of home, whilst bare walls suggest a barely-lived in atmosphere. But if you’re not in the position to be purchasing a Picasso quite yet, why not start out with an eye-catching print? This stylish framed triptych by Sonic Editions feature beautifully atmospheric shots of palm trees dotted around Los Angeles, and will give your interior a touch of West Coast wonder.
Music has always been the best way to give your living space an enjoyable ambience, so this wireless speaker from Hult is definitely a worthy investment. Inspired by industrial architecture, the sleek device is crafted from a cool combination of concrete and copper. With smoothing bass tones and boosting frequencies, it delivers impeccable sound quality and is even Bluetooth-enabled, making it easy for others to take on the DJ role, should you find yourself entertaining guests.
3. The right coffee table book
Even if you’re not a literary type, owning a quality coffee table book can add a point of interest to any room, and suggest that your interests lay beyond whatever the latest series is on Netflix. Opt for Full Moon by Darren Almond, a stunning collection of over 260 colour images that show natural scenes from around the world. Using long-exposure photography as his medium, Almond has captured the eerie romance of landscapes bathed in moonlight – a guaranteed good read.
4. An armchair
There’s rarely a spare moment in a gentleman’s busy lifestyle, but if you do find time to relax, make sure it’s done in style with the Grand Repos armchair. Designed by Antonio Citterio, the chair makes comfort a priority, coming with generous padding as well as adjustable seating positions. Utterly modern in appearance, this is the perfect buy for those looking to create a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic within their home.
5. Whisky glasses
Whether you’re having an post-work tipple with friends or a quick evening nightcap, it’s important that a gentleman serves his drinks in quality glassware. These luxurious tumblers from Waterford wouldn’t look out of place in the hands of a whisky aficionado like Don Draper. Crafted from crystal and etched with intricately elegant designs, these are sure to impress next time you pour out a spirit on the rocks.
6. A shoe care kit
A gentleman’s home could be the grandest of designs, but his style credentials could quickly be let down by a shabby-looking pair of shoes. Luckily, footwear specialists Alden have created this stellar valet kit, which contains everything from the standard horse hair brushes and shoe horn, to wax pastes and boot creams. All of those essentials tools are housed in a beautiful cedar wood box, a piece of craftsmanship in itself that deserves to be on display in your living quarters.
7. A decanter
A decanter may seem like an opulent item to own, but purchasing one could make your home the new social spot to be. A sophisticated alternative to storing your alcohol by the bottle, the right decanter brings the chic cocktail bar aesthetic to your doorstep. This design by Carrs is beautifully handcrafted with a sleek sterling silver neck, and will surely make each alcoholic serving that touch more special.
8. A gaming set
With the constant distraction of television and social media, playing board games for entertainment is now a long forgotten art. So, why not show your house guests an appreciation for days past with this backgammon set by Aerin. Fashioned from shagreen leather with a handsome burl wood interior and brass accents, this is a luxe step-up from your average Monopoly – just make sure you learn your moves first.
9. A scented candle
The scented candle is a subtle but important interior accessory; the right smell can truly enrich the mood of your living space. But it’s best not to envelope yourself or guests in something too heavy, so go for the Votive candle by Malin + Goetz. With the exotic fragrance of neroli at its heart, the candle is finished with refreshing citric aromas of bitter orange and lemon. Burn often and let it become your home’s signature scent.
10. A robe
Go from boardroom to bedtime looking as dapper as possible by investing in some luxe loungewear. This stylish robe by Derek Rose features a smart shawl collar and turn-up cuffs, but is also cut from supremely soft jacquard cotton that promises total comfort. A necessary buy for any discerning gentleman, this piece means even lazy weekends spent at home will be a fashionable affair.