Monday, June 28, 2010
A Man Cave is defined as "a dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends." Simple enough, but if you can't spare an entire area, then a corner of a room will work just as well. The idea is to give him a unique space that makes him feel like it's his house, too — a fact that can get lost with decorating and styling.
Here are 5 "how to decorate a Man Cave Tips";
1. Celebrate his glory days
Include memorabilia from his past. Whatever sports, hobbies, or adventures he has had in his life should be showcased and positioned in a prime location within the space. For my husband, I framed an old 1972 newspaper article that featured a photo of us on his beloved Harley Davidson. It was quite a surprise for him, as he hadn't seen it in 30 years.
2. Think handsome, masculine
Use masculine patterns such as geometrics, plaids, tartans, checks or stripes. Do not, even for a moment, think of using anything with a floral pattern. Heavy, sturdy and deep colored fabrics work best in a man cave. Leather, suede, tweed, corduroy and denim give the durability and texture that will please the masculine psyche.
3. Size to fit
Use furniture to match his size. If he is a big guy, don't furnish the room with a lot of small pieces that he may not feel comfortable using. Choose sofa, tables, chairs, bar stools, lamps, trays, pillows and, of course, the television in a size best suited to his scale. I made the mistake once of purchasing my husband a beautiful leather office chair for his desk. The chair's proportions were perfect for the desk but not so much for my husband.
4. Don't get artsy
Hang art that you know he will enjoy, even if it doesn't go with the theme of the space. Don't use art that doesn't have a relationship to his profession, his sports or his passion.
I have a friend who gave her husband a very expensive oil painting for his man cave. Although he liked the painting, he did not want it hanging in his man cave. He wanted the broken neon beer sign that his brother gave him. So I suggested we have the old classic neon beer sign, repaired and cleaned. When she hung that in place of the expensive painting, he was happy and now she has a very expensive painting for her foyer.
5. Feet Up!
Make sure the coffee table in the man cave can stand up to use as a foot rest, snack table and stress reliever. Choose a well-made solid wood or metal coffee table that can take some abuse. A glass, fabric, or plastic coffee table just won't do it. He's got to be able to arm-wrestle on it.