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The ultimate man cave

Man caves offer respite from the day's exertions and a chance to indulge in one's favourite hobbies and interests. Creating the ultimate man cave requires recognising their importance as a means of relaxation for men, as well as being an area devoted to self-expression. If you are looking to set up a male retreat within your home, or would simply like to create a space to devote to your pursuits, these tips will help to inspire you.

The ultimate man caveDesign foundations

The finest examples of man caves share several key properties, such as atmospheric lighting, sumptuous soft furnishings and an emphasis on personal interests. They can be created anywhere in the house, but renovated basements or outbuildings are ideal locations as they are located away from the bustle of the home. 

Lighting is a good starting point for any design scheme; low-hanging pendant styles, coloured lampshades and spotlights create a calming yet upbeat mood to set the scene. Colour palettes tend to be neutral, with walls painted in monochrome hues or panelled with dark wood for a more luxurious feel.

Comfortable seating is an integral aspect of the man cave; opt for cinema-style chairs in front of screens, arrange leather barstools by the drinks area and include plush sofas for lounging on. The focal point is usually something that encapsulates your interests, whether that is a vintage car or a classic green snooker table placed in a large, open area of your man cave.

Tailor to your interests

Whereas most homes will often be designed with a coherent aesthetic in mind, it's common to decorate a man cave more idiosyncratically using a theme unique to the owner's sensibilities. One of the most popular themes is sports: These spaces are often used for watching matches, and so will include at least one large screen if not a collection of them. This might be accompanied by table football, autographed sporting memorabilia and snooker tables. These touches ensure that your man cave is equally as inviting for socialising with friends as it is for solitary relaxation. 

If you prefer musical pursuits to sports, you can line the walls of the space with framed vinyl records, original tour posters and iconic guitars. Similarly, if your favourite pastime is reading, display your most treasured volumes in bespoke book cases, with bronze anglepoise lamps and deep armchairs dotted throughout the room. Ultimately your man cave is a space for embracing the aspects of your life that you don't always have sufficient time to attend to, whether that is a fascination with military history or modern art. 

If you are interested in purchasing a property in which you can create your own man cave, or indeed one that already has an in-built sanctuary, contact Engel & Völkers. Our expert agents will help you find your perfect home from our global portfolio of exclusive real estate, with plenty of scope for personal customisation.

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