Most people have the wrong opinion about a man cave. They imagine a room in the garage with tools hanging on the wall and grease on the floor. However, the ultimate masculine space is much, much more than a place to store wrenches. Instead, it should include just as much thought into the design and layout as you would give any other room in your home. Whether you are a man looking to create the ultimate space or you are trying to decorate a man cave for the significant other in your life, there are a few things that you absolutely must consider. As with any other room, each piece of furniture or décor should be exquisite. However, in this case, it needs to be exquisitely masculine.
When choosing furniture for a man cave, the materials need to be picked very carefully. Clearly, you will wish to avoid anything that could be considered feminine, and that means picking fine leather upholstery. It can be found in classic, buttery soft styles of dark, deep browns or you could even choose embossed designs that take the material to the next level of class. There are other materials to choose for chairs or sofas in a man cave, but leather will almost always be the obvious winner.
For other furnishings, it is best to choose dark woods like mahogany, however, exotic woods such as ash burl, ebony veneer, and rosewood can be very fitting in a man cave as well. To avoid anything that could be considered female in design, look for classic patterns and styles. A fantastic inspiration for choosing just the right wood furnishings would be Ernest Hemingway. This lauded author had an eye for detail and decorated with the classic, rugged style of Bombay.
Functionality Is Important
For a man cave, the design cannot be all about looks, though. You also must think of functionality. This room needs to be the perfect escape with a masculine flair. That means setting up the carefully chosen furnishings appropriately around a television so that you will be able to relax and watch the game with your friends. If sports trip your trigger.
You may also wish to include other functional elements if you have the space, like a bar (crafted from the manliest materials of course) or a billiard table. Ensure that the room works for your personal je ne sais quoi and comfort so that you will truly enjoy spending time in the space.
Don’t Forget Details
Accessories are extremely important in a man cave. You will wish to choose items that suit your personality as well as the flavor of the room. You could choose a theme, like sports, wild African safaris, or anything else that defines your tastes. However, when picking accessories, ensure that you don’t put too much into one space. Over accessorizing can result in a busy room that is simply not comfortable.
A great way to accessorize is to take inspiration from the world around you. For example, if you are creating a man cave in Denver, then consider an attractive portrait of the city skyline with the Rocky Mountains behind. Alternatively, you could incorporate memorabilia from the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, or the Denver Avalanche if you are a sports fan. No matter where you may live, incorporating local flavor from around you can be an excellent and easy way to accessorize.
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