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Dear How to Decorate,
I’m buying a new house which has a great basement area that I’m turning into a ‘man room.’ I don’t have a lot of experience decorating rooms, but I would like this space to be somewhere I can hang out, read, and of course, watch TV. First and foremost, I want it to be comfortable, but I don’t want it to be the eyesore of the house either!
I don’t have any before photos, but it’s a fairly large space with four blank walls. It gets very little sunlight too.
Thank you so much for your decorating dilemma. We’ve never done a man cave in this series!
First, let’s start with a color palette. Typically, you see man caves decorated with browns and reds and oranges, but we wanted to go a different route this time. For a modern feel, we chose a cool but moody palette of charcoal and navy with touches of chocolate.
We started with a dark navy herringbone pattern on the sofa. In a space that gets a lot of wear and tear, choose a fabric with a weave or texture (like a herringbone) — this will help disguise stains! We chose our Eton sofa because the rolled arms are super comfy and great for napping or catching a game on TV. Next, we chose our Emerson chair in a dark gray fabric, our Clare Gray. We love the classic shape of this chair, plus it’s super comfortable for reading. To bring in some pattern, we chose the Emerson ottoman, but in a navy plaid.
For the media cabinet, we decided to mix it up from the typical wooden armoire, and instead, we chose a long, low metal media cabinet. Our Louis Metal Media Cabinet has masculine details and the a worn, industrial finish. Just for fun, we brought in some of those ‘man cave’ feeling details, like the Antler Art prints, as well as Suzanne Kasler’s Atelier Antlers in Natural Gray.
In any basement, lighting is very important, so we’ve used a combination of task lighting, the Julian Floor Lamp, for reading, as well as a pair of Voltaire Sconces over the couch. If you don’t have recessed lighting in your basement, you might also look into those!
Finally, you’ll need a few comfy throw pillows for when you decide to take a nap. We chose a pair of plush velvet pillows.
We hope you like your new man cave!
The How to Decorate Team
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