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Lads’ pads are well and truly out of fashion. Gabielle Fagan sources interiors tips for dapper rooms – and avoiding ‘decor divorce’.

Gone are the days when all men are decor dinosaurs, whose idea of furnishing a room is one large sofa, a giant flat screen and a coffee table (for resting feet and cans).

They’re fast becoming an endangered species, as a new style-savvy species emerges – and he’s just as likely to follow his favourite designers on Instagram as his favourite football team, and has a crystal clear idea of what his home should look like.

Whatever his style – funky, streamlined, classic or vintage – it’s likely a world away from the stereotypical ‘man cave’, says David Harris, design director of uber-trendy interiors destination, Andrew Martin.