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How to create a “man cave” that feels homey

August 28, 2016

This area is usually used as a relaxing gathering spot where guys of the home can have some solo space to relax and unwind. There is no right or wrong design – it’s dependent on what each person’s likes, dislikes, and interests are. Maybe it’s a space with a large television and recliners or one that has built-in bookshelves and a chair to read the paper or the latest novel in. No matter what design you choose, creating a man cave that is comfortable and sophisticated can add style and value to your home.

Tip #1: Find what theme you want to go with.
First, decide what kind of man cave suits you and your specific tastes. Do you want a secluded space that is set aside for studying or reading? Or do you want a large space that has enough room for you and your friends to hang out, play pool or video games? Decide what the ultimate purpose is of the man cave and then decorate and accent accordingly. Most man caves will have a small fridge to keep snacks and beverages cold, some comfortable seating, and elegant lighting.

Tip #2: Pick your colors.
What wall colors will make the space feel masculine but warm? Finding the right wall color will make all the difference. Most of the time, man caves are decorated simply and with lots of rich, dark colors like deep blues, dark browns, or charcoal grays. To accent the dark colors, plenty of lighting is necessary.

Tip #3: Decorate simply.
There doesn’t need to be much decoration in a man cave to make it feel unique. Wall art can be kept to a minimum – just adding a few classy pieces can make a big difference. For instance, vintage beer ads or a classic antique painting can make it feel elegant and one of a kind. Adding the finishing touches can be a lot of fun – soft area rugs, throw pillows, and cozy seating will transform your man cave into an area where you and your friends will want to spend a lot of time in.

It’s important to remember that having the proper ventilation and air temperature control is key. Having a separate living space means there is an extra spot for relaxation and social gatherings. With some creativity and planning, you can make over a garage, basement, or extra bedroom into an inviting lounging space.