Shelley Herod of Designing Women can help you create your man cave.

imagesWhatever happened to that “hangout” where the boys would all get together and do boy things, like goofy stunts and prank phone calls?

Not too many years ago, a man’s space was in the garage, with a fluorescent light, posters tacked or stapled all over the walls, and no air conditioning. Today, most adobes contain the latest in electronics, game tables, an extensive bar, a refrigerator, dartboard, and manly furniture. Prize deer heads, framed sports memorabilia, and neon liquor signs typically adorn the walls. And let’s not forget the over-sized flat screen television — a must in every man cave.

A man’s designated area is all about personalization. It’s a space where he can decorate according to his personal interests and entertain the guys. If a musical man cave is what he seeks, amplifiers, large speakers, a microphone, an array of instruments, and even a stage might complete the space. The athletic type might desire a large display of sports collectables of their favorite teams, several large screen televisions so he does not have to flip channels between events, and a few overstuffed recliners. A movie guy might enjoy a home cinema with theater-style seating complete with a popcorn machine. Maybe a poker room fits the bill: a gaming table, a drink refrigerator, and plenty of storage for snacks and cards would complete this look. More elaborate domains might include a boxing ring, arcade size video games, pool table, or a putting green. The possibilities are endless.

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To obtain a “tripped out” man cave, everything still needs to flow together. Men tend to lean toward bold colors. Most manly areas tend to go red, brown, blue, or moss green. Others might prefer to follow the colors of their favorite sports team.

Lighting is also important. Recessed lighting is typical and can be put on dimmers to create the correct lighting effect during a movie or while watching a sporting event. Low lighting may be necessary in some areas where overhead lighting is not needed, such as over a pool table.

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Whatever floats a man’s boat, this space is all about him and his manliness. It should be a place where he is comfortable and where he and his friends enjoy hanging out.

Shelley Herod is the owner and designer for Designing Women, LLC from Woodstock, Georgia. She has been a local designer for the past 20 years. She graduated from Butler University  with a degree in merchandising and design. Shelley is a certified home stager and recently was selected by Executive Who’s Who. She is the veteran interior designer to the Junior Service League of Woodstock Christmas Home Tour, where she has been active for the past 10 years. She also works with wedding and special event venues as design coordinator to make dreams become reality. Designing Women is an active member of the The Atlanta Bridal Connection. Shelley can be reached at (770) 235-5640 or on her Facebook page: Designing Women.