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Creating the Perfect Man Cave

How To / June 29,2013

The man cave or 'mantuary' is a relaxing retreat strictly reserved for the men in the home. Essentials include a television, comfortable seating, and alcoholic drinks, but they are becoming increasingly elaborate spaces containing anything from gaming tables to luxurious fireplaces. The essence of the man cave is that it provides a special sanctuary that is 'off limits' to women. According to Pia Watson, an interior stylist, dark and warm colours such as brown, black, navy, and beige are most suitable for man caves. Low lighting from floor or desk lamps can also be used to set the mood.

Watson has suggested starting with essentials such as a bar and a large television, before adding seating elements and coffee tables. Use dark colours, materials and mixed textures such as animal hide, wood, and leather. Other things to add to a man cave include gaming systems, home theatre systems, weights, DVDs, pool tables, rugs, and a fireplace. Vintage and second-hand items such as old clocks, antique lamps, and globes can be used to add to the manly ambiance.


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