August 4th, 2015

Dos and Don’ts for Decorating a Man Cave


Those lucky enough to have space for a man cave can sometimes get tripped up on just how to outfit it properly. Follow these simple tips for creating a stylish, masculine space that the whole family will love.

1. Don’t do a theme.

While you can certainly be a little more literal in a man cave, sticking with one theme too strongly can result in a bad 1970s rec room feel. Instead, incorporate decorative elements that bring in the personality of the owner in a well-rounded way.

2. Do go vintage.

Man caves are great spaces to show off old treasures. The rust and wear of antiques and vintage collectibles will only add charm to this manly room. If you don’t have genuine pieces to display, you can hunt down other people’s treasures at garage sales and flea markets or find reproductions.

3. Do color like men’s fashion.

When thinking about your color palette, stick with the shades that men are drawn to in their wardrobe. More specifically, check out the suit department. Medium to dark grays, blues and browns all will convey a gentleman’s sensibility and work beautifully together. Deep Iron Creek, French Grey or Deep Onyx from Glidden paint are great options.

4. Don’t do sets.

You want the space to look collected over time, so avoid matching furniture sets as much as possible. Instead, mix materials like wood, chrome, stone and leather to create an eclectic look and let the neutral color palette tie it together.

5. Do add personality.

Show off the many facets of the owner by incorporating decorative elements that show off his interests. From maps to books to models to taxidermy, be sure to include some areas of display.

have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.