10 Ways to Decorate a Room for a Man
Leave the flowery prints and tchotchke-filled shelves to the women; guys tend to steer toward a simple, uncluttered, even minimalist look, whether it's in the color scheme or the choice of furniture.
Sorry ladies, but pastels are definitely out here. Guys gravitate toward solid, dark colors -- reds, browns, grays and navy blues. Here's a tip: Think of the clothes a man wears at home or work. Then apply those colors to the room.
Big and bold furniture
Guys like to stretch out, so large, comfortable couches and easy chairs are the way to go. A solid, well-made coffee table is a nice addition, but don't overdo it with end tables.
Choose fabrics that are tough, durable and don't show the dirt. Leather is an obvious pick for couches and recliners, but don't forget other choices like suede or microfiber. Berber carpeting is rugged and great at hiding stains.
Guys love gadgets, so don't be afraid to organize the space around them, starting with the flat-screen TV and home theater sound system. And remember, gadgets need power and have lots of wires, so if you're building your man room from scratch be sure to include plenty of outlets.
Storage, storage, storage
You'll need someplace to store those gadgets when they're not in use. Whether they're built-in or store-bought, simple, functional storage shelves and drawers are a must.
Leave room for fun
Guys like to play games. So when drawing up the plans for your man room be sure to set aside space, if you have it, for the pool (or ping-pong) table, the dart board or the video game console. If it's chess and backgammon you prefer, then an all-around game table is a must.
A well-lighted place
Many man rooms are in basements, which are darker than the rest of the house, so good lighting is important. Recessed ceiling lights are great for brightly illuminating big spaces -- say, when you're shooting pool -- but keep a few lamps around for a cozier, TV-watching vibe.
Nothing says manly like the weather-beaten look of old stuff, and there's no better way to give a new room character than to incorporate elements of the past. You might hang a world map circa 1800, or place a battered typewriter and some leather-bound books on a desk. Scour antique shops for other ideas.
Think of creative ways -- beyond hanging your team's jersey on the wall -- to personalize your room. Got a beer mug collection? Display it in an illuminated cabinet. Do you love to travel? Make framed prints of the places you've been and arrange them on a wall. However you do it, make the room say something about you.