The idea of a “man cave” has become incredibly popular in the last several years. It’s often a relaxing gathering area where the guys of the house can have some space to kick back and relax. The design can vary greatly depending on each person’s likes, dislikes, and interests. Maybe it’s an area with a big screen television to watch the latest football games or an area that is surrounded with floor to ceiling books and a comfortable chair to read and smoke a cigar. Creating the perfect “man cave” can be a great way to incorporate comfort and sophistication to your home.
Tip #1: Pick a theme.
What kind of man cave do you want? Do you want an area to play video games, watch the game, or a place to read and unwind? Decide what purpose this space will serve, then decorate and accent accordingly. For example, the ultimate man cave may have a television and game console, a fridge to keep snacks and beverages cold, a pool table, seating, and some elegant lighting.
Tip #2: Pick a cozy color.
The first step is finding a wall color that will work well. Man caves are notoriously simply decorated with plenty of dark, rich colors including dark browns, blues, or grays then accented with plenty of lighting.
Tip #3: Simple décor.
Keep wall art to a minimum with just a few classy pieces. For example, consider adding some vintage beer advertisement or a classic antique painting. The finishing touches are where you can add pieces of comfort like some cozy seating, soft area rugs, or some throw pillows.
In addition, make sure that you have proper ventilation and air temperature control. If your space is the garage, be sure that it’s equipped with an air conditioner or a space heater to use during the summer and winter months. Building this separate living space will provide an area that will allow you to relax and invite some friends over on a regular basis. With a little planning and creativity, you can transform an average basement, the side of the garage, or an extra bedroom into a unique and inviting lounging space.
Home design & décor is a personal decision – everyone has their own preferences and favorite colors, but every year there seems to be new trends in colors and styles. For 2016, interior design professionals have projected what some of the most popular colors for the year will be. And…here they are!
Color trend #1: Purple
Purple is elegant and sophisticated and experts predict that purple hues will be very popular this year. Lilac tones are soothing and warm, while rich violet colors create a calming sense of romance to the space. Pairing purple tones with other warm colors like blues and grays make the colors popular for living rooms and dining rooms especially.
Color trend #2: Creamy Blue
Light blues create a tranquil environment and are wonderful for both inside and outside your home. Milky blues can be even more stylish when accented with dark black or gray tones, or whites for an airy feel. Or, pair with bright oranges or yellows for a bold statement to your home.
Color trend #3: Dark Teal
This color is making its way back into a lot of homes recently because it’s versatile and works great for homes that have rich wood. It adds a pop of color but is also easily accented with golds or brass, or fresh whites, making it a glamourous but contemporary choice.
Color trend #4: Bright Whites
The shabby chic design trend is hot right now and when you think of white, don’t think it has to be boring. In fact, white is the complete opposite of boring when you balance it out with bright accent colors. Whether it’s vivid floral drapery, bright furnishings, or brilliant art pieces, white can make a statement. For those that don’t enjoy the use of eye-popping colors, accent white walls with dark grays or stark black. This will give your home a clean and fresh look that’s simply timeless.
Your home is your haven – your place of relaxation and comfort. Whether it’s a spacious one level ranch or a sprawling two-story home in the country, have fun embracing your unique design style. Colors can add ambience and beauty to your space and help make your house a home.