New Year Updates For Your Man Cave
Man’s first home was a cave, so I suppose it’s only natural that today’s modern man connects with the idea of retreating into their own space for some much needed downtime. A place to unwind, ponder life’s complexities, hang out with the guys and play some pool or just escape from the kids and wife to enjoy a good book and a glass of their favorite tipple in peace and quiet.
It’s no longer acceptable to just create a space filled with cast-off second-hand furniture that’s too worn and shabby for the main living room. Today’s man caves are all about creativity and expressing your personality. You need to think beyond a sofa, an old TV and a beer fridge!
So today, we hope to inspire you with our guide on how to update your man cave for the New Year. It’s packed with interior design ideas for men and full of cool and creative ideas to upgrade whatever space you have available. Whether you’re a connoisseur of brandy, a bit of a petrol head, or mad about soccer, it’s time to design a relaxing space that’s all about YOU!
How To Update Your Man Cave For The New Year
First up, you don’t need to be Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark to enjoy a man cave. Creativity needn’t cost the earth. While there has been a recent trend amongst sophisticated men towards uber-modern and trendy dens filled with leather and chrome, the rustic and comfortable look is still very much in vogue.
Popular pieces that you’ll find in man caves around the globe include card or games tables, pool tables, a drinks bar, model planes and cars, plus novelty signs and artwork. Seems men have plenty in common when it comes to what they require from a man cave.
Top Tips For Updating Your Man Cave
If you’re new to interior design for men, then we’ve got a couple of practical tips that will help you maximize the available space and create a man cave that’s fit for a king.
1. It’s All About Proportions
Good design is all about getting the balance right and a man cave is no exception. If you want to incorporate a central games table, cool, just make sure that you have ample space and it’s not overwhelming the room. Popular choices include pool, football and air hockey tables and if you like them all, you can invest in a multi-functional table with interchangeable tops. Perfect for that weekly poker night. Man caves are all about escapism so you’re likely to also want a surround sound system, a home cinema and perhaps even a minibar. Choose pieces that work with the space you have and pay attention to the overall balance and layout.
2. Be More Daring
This is your space, so it’s your rules when it comes to how you accessorize and accent your man cave. This is one space where Neon actively works! Used anywhere else and it has a bit of a murky, some might argue sleazy connotation, but in a man cave, Neon works like a treat! Whether it’s signage, lighting to accent your bar area, or in artwork, a splash of Neon is a fantastic way of updating your den.
3. Show Your Love And Appreciation For Sports
Elsewhere in your home, it’s probably not appropriate to have cushions, curtains and bedding branded with your favorite team and framed posters of all your childhood idols. Your man cave though, is precisely the place to indulge in all your passions and to pay homage to your sporting and other heroes. So take this opportunity to really channel your inner super fan and create a winning and inspiring atmosphere from where you can cheer on and support their success. Preferably on that big screen, you’ve installed while kicking back and enjoying a beer from your well-stocked bar!
4. It’s OK To Keep It Simple
If by nature you’re more the laid back and casual, then don’t think that you have to create a big and brash, garish man cave that’s packed with gadgets and gizmos you’re never going to use. Your man cave might be a quiet and reflective space where you can retreat to enjoy a few drinks and watch television. You might not fancy the idea of all the guys coming round to hang out every Friday and trashing your gaff. So if you want to keep it understated and chilled, do that. Your man cave should reflect your personality, so don’t force it into being something you’re not.
5. It’s Also OK To Go Big And Gimmicky
If you always dreamt as a kid of having a full-size Pac-Man machine or an old school Pinball machine and a vintage Jukebox, the man cave is the place to install them. Let your imagination and your creativity run wild when it comes to designing your inspiring space. Within budget, of course! This is the place where you can express your dreams and indulge in your fantasies, so we encourage you to go for it. If you’re crazy about golf, then go right ahead and install a virtual reality simulator. Nothing is stopping you, except perhaps money! If you have disposable funds, then don’t be afraid to go big and have lots of fun. Be a little bit ambitious and really design a space that works for you.
6. Look For Decor Inspiration From Your Favourite Bars
Not everyone has an eye for interior design. It’s perfectly acceptable to take inspiration and to borrow ideas from iconic spaces that you admire. If there’s a color scheme that you love from a favorite bar or restaurant you frequent, then use that for yourself. After all, that space was probably designed by a professional, so you really can’t go wrong.
7. Once You’ve Picked A Style, Stick To It
The most important tip from a design perspective is to pick a unified style and stick to it, especially when it comes to furniture. You want your man cave to look like a united and sophisticated space but also one that is identifiably you and expresses your personality. We’re not saying you can’t be bold, far from it. Just remember to take a step back and assess how well the concept works as a whole.