With the Super Bowl right around the corner, here’s my tribute to a man’s dream room aka the Man Cave. Actually, I kinda loathe the term “man cave”. I’m not a feminist extremist by any means, but it kinda suggests that women can not or would not want to participate in the space. Personally, I like to watch sports and play video games. And please explain to me what is so cool about a cave? The space doesn’t have to dark, dingy, and isolated to be a “man’s” room. Actually it can be the exact opposite.
So take some notes, boys: whether it’s compromising with the wifey, or creating a bachelor pad that doesn’t turn off the women, here are some rooms that a man can enjoy but are also chick-friendly.
CASE #1: The Game Room
Why it works for the guy: It’s got rad toys like the ping-pong table and old school arcade games. And also lots of wood so it brings the outdoors inside.
Why girls love it: This room is fashionable yet fun. It’s stylish and open, and we love that every inch of every wall is not covered by sports memorabilia or beer mirrors.
CASE #2: The library
Why it works for the guy: leather sofa, plaid, and deep dark colors.
Why girls love it: Because it’s warm and cozy. And we love the flowers in the corner.
CASE #3: The Living Space
Why it works for the guy: The giant map, old trunk, and rustic accents give this room a real masculine feel.
Why girls love it: It’s clean and laid back, but also classy. Map and camera suggests you are into traveling or culture, which can earn you some brownie points!
CASE #4: The Outdoor Bar
Why it works for the guy: It’s got the great outdoors and beer. What else does a guy need? (Actually it needs a grill and then we’re set)
Why girls love it: There’s ample space for entertaining or relaxing.
CASE #5: The Garage Fitness Room
Why it works for the guy: It would function perfect as a home gym too. Add a couple of weights, machines, and a TV and you’re set.
Why girls love it: It’s a playful space that isn’t too macho. The whole family can hang out here.
- Man rooms can be painted light colors and still be masculine. White or other neutrals work too.
- Don’t overdo the wood – you don’t need the space to have wood from the floor to ceiling to scream “I’m manly!”
- Tell a story of who you are. Do you enjoy traveling? Or sports? Or movies? Find creative ways to highlight who you are. Have your space reflect your accomplishments and goals.
- Less is more. Try not to clutter up the surfaces and walls with just “stuff”. Select your art and accessories wisely. And that thing called cleaning – do it. 🙂 haha.
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