This is the gentleman’s dream room. The Entertainment room, the Games room, the Home Bar, the Smoking Lounge, the Man Cave, whatever it’s purpose, its for us men. We congregate with mates and shout obscenities at a screen. We engage in long important, albeit liquor soaked, discussions. Ranging from the crisis in the Middle East to why every coach, and referee, in every sport, knows nothing, and is actually useless and should never be allowed on the field of pay ever again.
You know, the important stuff!
The Rustic Man Cave
This is an example of everything a man wants all in one room. Not to mention the great design and use of materials. This Rustic style meets the Traditional style seamlessly in this games / bar / entertainment room. The natural stone cladding and rough finished ceiling meld perfectly with the moulded bar cabinets and ornate, almost medieval, light fittings. This room has entertainment at its heart with social lubrication to as a centrepiece, the bar being a focal point at the centre of the room. Let us not over look the dark timber pool table with black felt. That is just cool and it’s ok to want one. This space is the ultimate Man Cave, with a refined sense of taste and sophistication.
The Traditional Man Cave
Traditional is a style, as we know, heavily rooted in craftsmanship and detail. This example is no different, albeit with a more contemporary feel. The black painted panelling ads a touch of class. The green bulkhead ceiling lights add some modernity and the random pool table lights add character and flair. The glass case housing the guitars is a nice touch and has turned objects into art. This is a room heavily focused on pool and drink, a no fuss space with beautiful craftsmanship. If you couldn’t think a pool table could get any cooler then you were wrong. Black felt on black stained timber is perhaps the coolest combination there is. It’s ok to want one, and badly!
The Industrial Man Cave
This mix of the Industrial and Rustic styles gives this games room heaps of character. The steel swing doors give the room privacy and speak of a space where four friends can share a great single malt, a cigar and a competitive, yet friendly, wager over billiards. The exposed brick, worn timber floor and traditional furniture talk of an untold history. The large windows to the right breathe light and warmth into an otherwise dark space. This time a traditional, possibly antique, table draws focus, adding to the history and tradition of the room. I have to say this is my favourite.
The Minimalist Man Cave
With the lack of adornment and the purposeful nature of the Minimalist style simple, sleek and slick are what to look for. Reserved for the trendy gentleman who knows what he likes and wouldn’t have it any other way. A bar where you would expect bespoke and rare drinks to compliment the design of the same nature. Bar stools with thin steel frames speak to the simple, yet focal, linear bar lighting. As always with this style purpose is paramount and simplicity is saved.
The Eclectic Man Cave
This style affords the opportunity to splash out, have fun and make a statement. This is the space where you can even represent character with a theme. I, as always, believe it still needs to look great. The Eclectic style runs the risk of looking kitschy and unplanned. This is not the case with the example. The owner obviously has a love of horses and riding and has incorporated this well. It is subtle and not overwhelming yet still noticeable. The mix of Rustic with the cabinet and shelves work perfectly with the rich leather couches and stainless steel cases of a more traditional nature.
The Man Cave is whatever we make it, it is ours to call our own and is limited only by the imagination. When designing this room let it reflect the purpose, build it’s character and more than anything be fun. At the end of the day we work so hard it’s crazy not to have a space to unwind, entertain and scream obscenities at a screen.
I think Dr. Seuss said it best.
You’re probably brimming with ideas for your very own Man Cave, if you want some help implementing those ideas, drop me an email and I’ll be happy to help.
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