Mention the words “man cave” and thoughts of an at-home games arcade, wall-hung guitars and shapeless beanbags come to mind. Not the most stylish of looks but definitely a comfort zone we crave (let’s be honest, formal sofas look incredible but feet up at the end of the day is just too tempting to resist). The darkened colour palettes create a cocoon-like security, the furniture is oversized and welcoming and minimal accessories are conducive to relaxing. Thankfully, the look can be achieved with style and we called in a few of our favourites to show how.
The Casual Man
Greg Natale is a master of infusing a modern masculine sensibility into any space. Moody palettes (check out the epitome of that here), simple silhouettes and wood-paneled walls are all in the GN arsenal. Championing the signature style, this open-plan living room (above) is a casual man’s perfect space. Close proximity to the kitchen, a touch of houndstooth and clean-lined geometric furniture – everything the modern gent needs.
Image Credit: Katharine Pooley
The Games Man
Is there anything this room is lacking when it comes to ultimate man cave style? Fun yet sophisticated, this design by Katharine Pooley is the ultimate boys’ room. The gentlemanly seating area (notice the tailored lines and nailhead trim of the armchairs) and bar are separated by a social area complete with juke box and Art Deco pool table. Just imagine the classy boys nights around that beauty.
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The Working Man
We’re not sure whether it’s the smart parquet flooring, jet black desk and chair combination or grand bookcases but this office design by Godrich Interiors makes a workday seem much more appealing. Cleverly, it makes use of traditional pieces whilst remaining up-to-date courtesy of new neutral walls and refined accents. And the smoking pipe match holder is a quirky touch
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The Refined Man
Then there are those man caves where dressing in your comfiest sweats isn’t the most appropriate attire. This handsome Mayfair residence by Casa Forma makes use of built in storage in rich ebony Macassar wood – the epitome of luxury masculine styling. That and tailored cube armchairs, complete with piping, are suitable choices for man caves with a refined sensibility.
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The Traditional Man
Deeply button-tufted upholstery has had numerous style makeovers over the years but the truth is that it will always remain a very masculine look. And that couldn’t be truer than this bedroom by MPD London. With furniture and wall upholstery realised in suave navy blue and chocolate brown, accents of rich mahogany tones and spacious, lounge-worthy armchairs, the design is stylishly devoid of feminine touches.
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The Family Man
As much as man caves are traditionally a space for men only, this living room design by Zephyr Interiors is a family-friendly way to incorporate the style. The smart lines of its oversized coffee table are softened by its upholstery element and the generous sofa and recessed TV are equally great for movie night with the family and game day with the boys. A wall of graffiti-like art is the perfect finishing touch.