Man caves are evolving and becoming more stylish and contemporary while still providing a space to relax and unwind with the boys. There is no reason to settle for anything that lacks aesthetic appeal when furnishing and styling your man cave. After all, you will be spending much of your time there.

Here are ten tips for designing a cool and modern man cave.


1. AIM FOR STYLISH COMFORT

When thinking about furnishings for your man cave, choose pieces that are both comfortable and stylish. Natural wood is always a good choice, as it’s durable and timeless, and it brings a very masculine air to the space. You don't have to sacrifice comfort for style when it comes to furniture; you just have to know what to look for.


2. CHOOSE ACCENTS CAREFULLY

Choose the room's accents carefully; too many collectibles and toys will cause a visual distraction when you are trying to unwind, read or work. If you are going with some type of theme, don't overwhelm your space with too much of it; instead, rotate your collectibles and pieces to create something new and different periodically.


3. CHOOSE YOUR FOCAL POINT

Carve out a distinct focal point in your space. If you are a sports enthusiast, this would be the time to highlight an autographed jersey or set up your model train set. If you aren't into these things, choose a focal point such as a beautiful mirror, handcrafted artwork or an enlarged photo or print for your man cave.


4. THINK ABOUT LEATHER

You really can't go wrong with leather. It is durable and luxurious, and it will hold up over time. Invest in at least one leather piece in your cave, such as a leather chair, couch or upholstered barstools.


5. INSTALL A BAR

Speaking of bars, sources indicate that you've got to have a well-stocked bar in your man cave. Don't stop there. Make sure to buy barware and stemware that is worthy of your bar, and that helps you serve guests in style. A bar instantly brings an air of sophistication and style to any room.


6. SKIP THE TRENDS

Don't invest in anything too trendy that will go out of style. It is easy to get lured in by furnishings and accents that seem cool at the time, but that really doesn't cut it in the cave. For instance, unless you are a wizard, it is okay to let go of the pinball machine.


7. FOCUS ON LIGHT

Make sure the light is right in your man cave for whatever activities, recreation or work you plan to do there. A well-lit and bright space will make the cave seem larger and, well, less cave-like. Be sure to use room-darkening blinds or shades so that you can dim the lighting when you want to watch movies or sleep.


8. GET CLEVER WITH CAMOUFLAGE

Camouflage some of your man-cave staples to keep the room clean and modern. For instance, hide appliances behind custom cabinetry doors, and hide your cords and cables with a custom cable box.


9. GO WITH A TIMELESS COLOR PALATE

Choose a color palette that is modern and fresh, such as a pairing of rich, deep browns and pale, watery blues. These shades appeal to both men and women and are perfect for any man cave (or she shed). Other viable options include silver, navy and taupe, which are all timeless color palettes.


10. CREATE A NICHE

If you plan to work in your man cave, utilize a well-constructed dressing screen to create a niche. This niche will give you a spot to leave your laptop, papers and work stuff that won't be in the way or left lying out when the boys come to watch the big game.

Create a man cave that is as sophisticated and stylish as the rest of your home and that has a distinct flair that is all your own. Visit Chris Furniture Inc. to find quality, timeless pieces to complete your man-cave design and to provide you and your friends with the perfect place to hide and hang out!