It’s a guy’s secret wish to have a space of his own – whether it be a digital haven with flat screen and Xbox or just a quiet nook for study or reading, the Man Cave is an opportunity to style an unadulterated male space. Think earthy tones, simple patterns and perhaps all that sports paraphernalia that would otherwise be relegated to the cupboard!
Sit Back and Relax
If you really crave a room of your own it’s usually to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. With this is mind, one of the first considerations for the Men’s Den is a place to sit back and relax, which requires an ultra cool and ultra comfy chair. Don’t skimp on this most important piece of furniture – spending a bit of money on a timeless and well-made armchair will pay dividends in comfort and longevity.
Spark Your Interests
A den or study can be a chance to put on display all the amazing (and sometimes unusual) collectibles you own and have wanted to place around the home but have perhaps been discouraged or even prevented from doing so! However you decide to decorate your space, make sure you give your display attention to detail and go for good-quality framing for your paraphernalia and prints/photos to make them look their best. Or why not ditch the bike posters and try a more mature approach: a cluster of antique work tools or some old globes scattered along a bench look fantastic and still hold that masculine allure. The difference between sophisticated space and adolescent cave is a little extra time and care.
Warm and Woody
The obvious choice for a Men’s Den, in terms of colour, is neutral and warm tones. Whites, greys, black and brown are perfect for this room as they appeal to the rustic, masculine side but come in a variety of shades that can promote a calming and cosy space. If your room is going to be used for video and entertainment, a darker colour is a great choice. If you plan to study in this space, then white will create enough light and brightness. Wood can also provide an earthy feel and has a tactile look.
Steer clear of frills and roses for fabrics for cushions and drapes (unless that is the look you are definitely after). Neutral colours in small repeating patterns or textures with keep the look of the room uncomplicated and more manly. Natural fibres such as linen, dark cottons and even hessian or burlap are perfectly rustic and can look sophisticated as opposed to pretty.
Get the look…
• A great armchair is an essential item for the Men’s Den. Don’t scrimp on this piece of furniture and you will reap the rewards in comfort and style.
• Framing your posters and music or sports paraphernalia will create a sophisticated space as opposed to an adolescent cave. Or try something new and go for a completely different look with your collectibles.
• Stick to warm and neutral colours for this space and try incorporating some woody textures for a rustic, manly feel.
• Steer clear of frills and flowers (unless you wish to add these decorative touches).
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