Let's face it, when it comes to home décor decisions, the
majority of the time the woman of the household takes the
lead. From the lighting fixtures and rugs, to the wall colors
and pillows, most men know that they better check in before they
eventhinkabout hanging a picture.
Coined in the early 90's, the phrase "Man Cave" is used to
define a space in the home that is off limits to the rest of the
family and is outfitted and decorated to give a man (typically
married fathers) a place to kick back, express his style, unwind
and play. Chances are if you've ever thought about creating one,
you've researched high-tech flat screen TVs, sound systems,
recliner and where the bar will go.
While these are all things that need to be planned in order to
create something beyond a garage-band hangout, you'll need to think
about the bones of the space as well. What do you want the theme of
the room to be? How do you want the space tofeelwhen you enter it?
Relaxed? Ready for the big game?
There are loads of fun sports and car themed man cave ideas out
there, but if that's not really your thing, consider a rustic man
cave. This look tends to feel more cultivated and really lends
itself to the "cave" aspect of the idea.
Need Help Getting
Started? Begin with the 60/30/10 rule when planning your man
cave. Dividing the colors into percentages is a designer's trick to
getting a visually appealing color balance. A general rule is: 60%
of a dominant color (the walls) 30% of a secondary color
(furniture) and 10% of an accent color (pillows or decorative
Here are a few other things to consider when decorating your
rustic man cave:
- Choosing the
Colors: The rustic man cave theme uses a natural,
muted color palette. Look for colors that are found in nature; such
as, browns, tans, warm grays, greens
and rich burgundy's. Think of soil, sand, moss, trees and
rocks for inspiration, and avoid bright primary colors. This may or
may not be very similar to your current wardrobe.
- Accent Walls:
No cave is complete without some rock or stone, and nothing is
moremanly than Hardscaping.™ Designate an accent wall or
cover a bar base using cast veneer stone. The roughly textured
silhouette captures both light and shadow creating a rugged elegance. Crafted in molds cast from a
variety of natural rocks, cast veneer stone is practically
indistinguishable from natural stone. Popular profiles include
Pennsylvania Field Stone, Ledgestone, Cut Stone, and Split
Rock. Because of its lighter weight, it can easily be applied to
- Fire: It's a
cave, and it's in your genetic make-up that you are drawn to fire.
Even more so if it's in a basement or garage setting. No one is
going to want to toss back a few cold ones with you if your
room is freezing during the winter
months. Plus, it's a known fact that men like to burn
things. If you have the space, you can't beat a fireplace for
its warmth and presence.
Today's modular fireplace models can be installed more quickly and
at less expense than a site-built version.There is a varied
selection of styles, so you can choose the sizeand shape that works
best for your space. The fireplace is further customized by
selecting a cast veneer stone that best matches your personal
aesthetic. The sparks will really fly when your friends spend hours
rearranging the logs with a poker.
Caged industrial lighting is a great addition to any man cave.
Good looking as well as practical, these fixtures feature
a protective cage that will prevent bulbs from breaking when you
throw balls around the room. (we all know that you do that) The
best part is, it's no longer necessary to scour antique stores for
these bold beauties. Many lighting suppliers carry
historic reproductions and newly inspired
industrial designs. Styles include mounted fixtures, pendant lights
- Furnishings: As
cliché as it is, you'll probably want a recliner.
We get it, they'recomfortable beyond compare. (Just skip
on the puffy-pleather versions please.) Today's styles include
slimmed down models covered in soft fabrics. Accents like stout
wooden legs and nail head trim keep them looking
- Textiles: To
prevent your man cave from looking cold
and uninviting, you'll need to soften it up
a bit with textiles. Consider distressed leather
Navaho patterned pillows and throws. Or, how about a faux cowhide
area rug for the floor? Nothing says man cave more than
having animal skins lying about.
- Choose a
Metal: When decorating your man cave, you'll need to choose
a metal for your hardware items.
Hinges, drawer pulls, and light fixtures etc…
For this look, steer clear of polished metals or chrome. Good
choices would be antique brass, bronze, copper or wrought iron. Can
you think of anything more manly than hammered metal? No,
- Select a Wood:
The wood in the room (flooring, furniture, and cabinetry)
should have a rustic finish and tone. These wood
tones generally tend to be darker, like walnut or mahogany.
But really, any wood can work if it's matte or distressed.
Distressed wood gives the
space a sense of history and its aged, nicked, and worn look holds
up well to man-handling. Since it's designed to look worn and
somewhat dirty, this look is perfect for those of you who are less
Items: This is where it can go really wrong, really fast.
Shy away from décor
items that are more country-crafty than
rustic: like baskets filled with pine cones, mason jar anything or
painted pallet signage. Leather bar accessories make great
functional, decorative items. Here's where you can express your
love of sports, cars, or other interests with framed sepia tinted
Gather a lot of ideas and edit from there. Above all else, have
This is your chance to show the world (and the Mrs.) that you
are perfectly capable of setting up and maintaining an enjoyable
Nope, no pressure at all.