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A Room of His Own

Essentials in designing a man space

Article by Jenn Rakestraw

Photography by Courtesy of Century Park Interiors

Originally published in East Cobb City Lifestyle

Step 1: Planning is everything. 
Before you get started building your masculine space, it is crucial to have a solid plan in place for the things that are important to see in the room. Once you have the basic want list in place, the rest will come naturally. 

How much time do you usually spend at home? Will the space have multiple functions? Will the space be shared with children? Will you include a working space? All of these questions are vital to planning the space of your dreams.
You can do many things with a spare bedroom or an unfinished basement. If you’re creative and dedicated, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure that whatever you choose fits your needs and lifestyle.

Step 2: Consult with a Professional. 
It’s best to get a professional opinion before you get started on the actual building of your man space. A designer can help you create a unique and functional space for your needs. They’ll tell you if something is even possible, which is especially important if you want some unusual features in the final space. 
Even if you have an idea of what you want, getting expert advice throughout the process is still essential. A designer can take your ideas and wants to the next level of impact and make suggestions that you may not have dreamed of.  This way, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about proceeding with your design. 

Step 3: Create a jaw-dropping entryway.
Make sure your entrance to the masculine space is different and has its own style. A secret door can be a fun way to make the space separate from the other spaces in the house. You can create a brick wall with dark atmosphere lighting if you are entering into a basement for the space. The separation of styles from everyday function to masculine luxury can be accomplished with paint colors. 
If you have a separate entranceway, make sure it reflects the rest of your planned space. If not, look for interesting decorating pieces inside the actual room that can tie everything together.

Step 4: Create a flow of the room. 
There are typically designer rules with furniture layout and placement, yet there are no rules in a mancave. Plush velvet, leather chairs, zebra rugs, a bar counter covered in gunmetal . . . no rules apply if it is what brings him joy. The key to the selections is making sure you stay within means. It is easy to invest too much money in the home and not get a return on it when you go to sell. Getting the right TV, how many, where to position all of them if gaming or entertaining should all come into play.  All these concerns should be outlined in your planning stage for a better result. 

Step 5: Think about temperature, technology and the tap. 
Music, lighting, surround-sound, and what’s on tap are all important. Setting up your man space with alcohol and servings is quite a key element in the masculine vibe of a space. You are creating a retreat at home. What do you stock and keep fresh in your man bar? 

If your space is in a basement far from the main kitchen, then this selection and storage must be designed to function as well as entertain the senses.  If you consider placing a mirror behind a beverage area, it can create the illusion of looking larger. If you insert back wall lighting, it can also give you the imitation of a favorite bar you might like to visit. Cheers!