The world is full of stereotypes and preconceived notions that change the way we think or dictate the decisions we make in life. For example, when trying to picture a masculine interior decor a lot of people immediately go to images of a dark, sterile space ruled by chaos or of a space that’s austere and has an unrealistic futuristic look. Such spaces definitely exist but they don’t actually define the majority.
So if you’re looking for decor ideas for your man cave, try to see beyond those cliches and to explore the tons of other options that are available. Do not let preconceived notions get in the way of your creativity.
The Fusiontables are the creation of the Aramith design team and the concept was first introduced in 1997.
The Silenzio sink was designed by Antonio Lupi.
This coffee table is part of the Fragments collection conceived by Lex Pott at a quarry. Its design plays with extremes and has the rugged charm that’s the sign of a well-balanced masculine decor.
This is the Piracucu sofa designed by the Campana brothers. It has a steel and wood structure complemented by a naturally textured and patterned upholstery cover.
There are of course some major differences between a feminine decor and one with a masculine vibe. Masculine spaces are more practical and more focused on functionality. This, however, doesn’t stop them from also being sensible to style and little details that make them look charming. Sacrificing style for comfort is rarely a good idea, especially when you want the space to look masculine.
This is a design by Byung Boon Choi featured at the friedman Benda gallery.
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
This is a Finnish sauna produced by Effegibi.
Obviously, just because you want a space to be comfortable and practical doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the looks. A good idea is to pick materials that stand out and that have a well-defined look and character, materials such as wood and metal. Complement them with something a bit more delicate such as frosted glass.
The Betty Bench is the creation of Terry Dwan.
When decorating a bachelor pad always pay attention to the colors and shapes that are included in the design. You can never go wrong with straight lines and simple forms but don’t let these rule the decor. Play with contrasts and also add some curves and patterns to the space. Aim for a contemporary style that’s semi-minimalist.
The Molletta bench is designed by Baldessari and Baldessari and comes in three different sizes.
The Platform collection is a series of tables that combine concrete, steel and walnut into simple and robust designs.
The ML46 stool has a three-legged base and its overall design was inspired by that of the stools used by shoemakers in the past.
A space needs to include heavy and sturdy decor items if you want it to look masculine. Delicate forms, curves, sleek lines and lightweight furnishings are the opposite of that. Look for materials such as solid wood and metal and make sure at least some of your furniture pieces have a solid and strong impact on the overall decor and ambiance of the space. Obviously, don’t exaggerate and also remember to balance out that heaviness with some glass accents, cozy fabrics and light colors.
The Cell wall light from Tom Dixon can either be used as a standalone piece or in groups or clusters.
Find more interesting shelving designs at Pinepine Studio.
We suggest letting nature become a part of the interior design. Bring the outdoors in by putting the spotlight on the views and by exposing the windows. Nature adds balance to decors and also complements the dark hues and the simple and straight lines that usually define masculine spaces. A nicely framed view, a potted plant, a green wall or a colorful accent feature allow the decor to avoid looking monotonous and bland.
You can find more charming masculine furniture pieces in the Brancaster Collection.
As far as color goes, grey has always been a classic for masculine spaces and decors. That being said, it will never go out of style. You can choose it as your main color and combine with other neutrals such as beige and the always beautiful black and white combo. Of course, too many neutrals will make the space look bland and boring so remember to also add some accent tones. You can also count on dark tones and saturated colors to give your space the masculine vibe you’re looking for but these should always be complemented by some white.
This is the Continental Radial Engine Table, a piece with a lot of personality and perfect for car-lovers.
This table features a unique design created with engine pistons from the 30’s.
This is another unique creation from Artinmotion, made from a radial engine and a wood propeller.
It’s nice to also include a few rugged elements in the decor. For example, an exposed brick wall or some industrial furniture could have the desired impact on the overall ambiance.
Vibrazioni Art Design specializes in creating unique furniture from reclaimed materials, more exactly from metal drums used in various industrial sectors.
Simplicity and visual symmetry are also characteristics of a nicely designed man cave. These characteristics are also ideal for small spaces. Don’t overwhelm a small room with lots of colors or lots of different materials, finishes and textures. Keep the decor simple and only pick two or three colors. Create a sense of stability and comfort.
Featuring a fiberglass seat, the Nido chair is very lightweight and also suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Pay attention to the lighting in the room. Try to create a balance between the natural, ambient and task lighting in the space. Also, keep in mind that the light fixtures can be great focal points or elements that make a decor stand out or feel complete.
Add character to a space with interesting accent furniture or eye-catching focal points. For example, an accent chair in an exciting color can really change the way a room is perceived. You can also add character to a room with framed posters, a book collection neatly organized on shelves or with some quirky accent pillows, an interesting coffee table or some collectibles.