Creating a Space for Him

Everyone needs his or her own space to retreat to once in a while. You’ve heard of man caves and lady lairs, but you don’t have to default to these standard ideas to create a space for him. Instead, think about what your spouse likes and dislikes and create the perfect space for him to retreat to and relax.

Ask Him What He Wants
If you’re unsure of what to do, don’t be afraid to ask your husband or significant other what he wants. This is a surefire way to make sure you create the perfect space for him. The best part about asking what he wants is that you get him involved! However, if you don’t know where to start, you can always start with the basics to create his retreat.

Start with Color
Color plays a huge part in every room, making it the perfect place to start. Observe your surroundings to gather inspiration and choose a particular color scheme. Keep it simple, serene, and masculine. Going the monochromatic route is a great way to guarantee a well-designed space for him.

Add Layers and Textures
If you go for a simple monochromatic color scheme, you can make the room more interesting and dynamic. Whether you add texture through wallpaper or modern geometric patterns, it’s important to add all these layers to the room. You can even add texture with artwork, wood, and fabric. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with this step and makes sure to let your spouse in on the overall design.

Add Embellishments
Embellishments are like the icing on the cake. They are absolutely essential to any room design. Embellishments tie the room together and make the space. Add molding for dimension or a rustic bookcase to add character. Also, make sure the embellishments you use go with the room. Depending on your spouses’ intention for the space, the style and embellishments should go with his overall design and plan for utilizing the room.

Let Him Take Charge
You don’t have to tackle this project by yourself. Let your man take charge and give him the freedom to create his own space in the house. Depending on his personal tastes and style, he might have a specific idea in mind. This is the best way to ensure that he creates the perfect space for him and it also gives him a project to work on, which is a great way to relax and let off steam.

Bonus: Make it a Surprise
You most likely know your partner fairly well, so you know what he would want from the space you are trying to create for him. Instead of asking him what he would like, make it a surprise and create the space yourself. Not only is this a great present, but it’s the perfect way to show him you care.

How to Create a Man Cave

Deemed to be born of out necessity, the Man Cave is the perfect getaway for the man of the house. When it comes to dealing with stress it seems that men tend to fare better when they have a place to go and withdraw from everyday life. Having a room you can escape to is not only great for your health, but it gives you a room to hang with the guys during poker night. Either way, like the Lady Lair, this type of personal refuge is achievable. So start planning and use these four tips to help create your ultimate Man Cave.

A Cave Concept
First you’ll have to think about what you want out of your Man Cave. It can differ for every man so pick what you prefer from a Man Cave. Do you want to watch sports with the guys, get a flat screen and build a small bar. What about poker night? Easy, set up a killer poker table to sit around along with an awesome stereo system to blast music from. You can use this space however you want, so think long and hard about your cave concept. Also, it’s fairly popular for Man Caves to have themes. From the classic sports bar to the noir themed theater choose the concept/theme that you’ll continue to enjoy in the future.

Pick a Statement Piece for the Room
Many Man Caves have a statement piece that sets the standard for the room. It becomes direct inspiration for the overall look and design of the room. Usually it’s something unique, like a jukebox or a piece of art. However, don’t be afraid to pick pieces like a pool or poker table. These can be just as interesting as a unique statement piece. Feel free to experiment by visualizing what would work best in your space and with your concept/theme. You’d be surprised how well a single piece of furniture can pull together a room and create the perfect atmosphere.

Decorate Your Cave But Add Personal Touches
After finding your statement piece and deciding on your cave concept it’s now time to decorate your Man Cave. It’s important to stay within the theme of your Man Cave so that the concept is fully achieved. However, don’t forget to add those personal touches when decorating your Man Cave. This is what will set you Man Cave apart from others as well as make it special for you.

Reap the Rewards of Your Man Cave
Once the decorating is done that means you can reap the rewards of you very own Man Cave. So sit back and enjoy your personal sanctuary. Whether your hanging with the guys or just watching the game, be sure to enjoy the space!