Show off your personality in your designated “man cave.” Your special space should be full of what brings you joy. Combine a sleek look with a collection of your favorite things. Learn how to mix current trends with your own personal style. Next time you have your friends over to your pad, give them something to talk about. Wall art is the perfect way to add a splash of décor that represents your hobbies. From aviation to landscapes, we offer artwork for every man. Read through our expert advice on how to take your man cave from bland to bold.
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A Room to Escape from Reality
Shut out the rest of the world in your man cave. It’s a space to rejuvenate and connect with yourself and your friends. Whether you pour yourself a whiskey on the rocks or play a quick poker game, the man cave is undoubtedly meant for winding down. Take this relaxed atmosphere and boost its bravura and style. With the simple addition of artwork, you can go from casual to curated in the blink of an eye. Select a piece of wall art that complements your color palette and emphasizes your passion.
Understated Luxury & Style
It doesn’t take a lot to give your man cave a visual boost. Focus on luxury finishes like leather and high-quality wood. Stick to metals in masculine shades like matte black and brushed nickel. It’s all about quality over quantity. In order to avoid filling your space with too much clutter, use wall art to represent your hobbies and interests rather than nick-knacks. Add subtle accessories to your space to make it look complete without looking overwhelming. For décor ideas that will instantly elevate your man cave, view our expert tip below.
Man Cave Artwork: Expert Tips
“Design expert Caitlyn Davidian, owner of Studio C Interiors, believes that our Earthy NYC Map framed print wall art would be a great addition to your space, especially paired with a camel leather sofa and some plum velvet accent pillows. Both of these colors will be mirrored in the art piece and bring a refined rustic element to a space. The geometric layout of the map with its blocked colors also brings a fun yet sophisticated feeling to the room. Add a black decorative modern floor lamp, an indoor potted plant and a neutral throw to complete the chic look.”
A Masculine Color Palette
Neutrals are the basis of a masculine color palette. However, there are plenty of variations to explore. Decide whether you prefer a warm or cool-toned interior. A room that uses predominantly warm tones comes across as cozy and luxurious, whereas cool tones tend to look contemporary and refined.
Black and Blue Man Cave Ideas
Black and blue are foolproof colors for man cave décor. Use unexpected shades of blue for a trendy look, and add splashes of carbon black for a dramatic effect. Play with dark teal, slate grey, and navy shades. Grey is also a timeless tone that works well with blue and black.
Beyond Man Cave Artwork: Expert Tips
If you want a warmer alternative to grey that is still masculine, consider Dulux’s Color of the Year:
“Inspired by earthly simplicity and our connection to the natural world, Dulux has chosen a shade titled, ‘Brave Ground.’ This mix of beige and taupe is the perfect neutral to use as a base for your interior.”
ElephantStock's expert interior designer Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares a piece of advice when it comes to choosing colors for your man cave:
"While deep colors may be the go-to for masculine design, the most important thing is to choose a color palette that represents your personality."
Man Cave Artwork: Sizes
Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.
Wall art that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, a bed or a couch, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's width. To measure the ideal art size above your furniture, consider this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch.
Man Cave Wall Art: Shapes
Choosing your ideal canvas shape comes down to personal preference. If you consider yourself a classic man, go with a single-panel square or rectangular print. For more of a statement piece, go with a trendy two-piece split canvas. Our three, four, and five multi-panel sets are perfect for the contemporary man-cave. If you consider yourself daring and adventurous, try our seven-piece hexagonal print.
Topics to Simplify Interior Design
If you’re in search of more interior design ideas, we’ve got your back! Our design inspiration blog makes décor easy. Once you’ve perfected your man cave, it’s time to move on to other areas of your home. Personalize your space with wall art and other trendy décor. Simply find the guide to your room of choice, and navigate to the section that piques your interest. Easy-peasy!
Final Expert Décor Tips
Our resident interior designer Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares a closing statement on décor for your man cave:
"Here are the three main mistakes to avoid when decorating a masculine space:
1. Overdoing your décor. Embrace minimalism and select a few stand-out pieces of décor.
2. The use of a single texture. For instance, avoid using exclusively leather or only wood. While texture is important, variation is equally crucial.
3. Don’t stifle your personality for style. Let your interests shine through and create a compelling conversation space."