The manly man cave: Carving out your niche
Man Cave - Atlanta
By Benjamin Burton Jr.
What's the ultimate expression of the evolutionary achievement of man? Why, the man cave of course! No room in your home will fully capture your personality like your very own cave. The trick is, deciding which "you" to express. Do you go with a trophy room? Your favorite team-themed "mancutary"? Maybe a memorabilia display room? Whatever your final decision, having a few ideas to choose from is never a bad thing.
The proper lighting style can really help bring all the other design elements in your cave to life. If you're going with a bar theme, stained glass bar lamps are a must. Nothing says "Welcome to the watering hole" quite like a low-hanging pool lamp with your favorite brand of beer etched in translucent glass.
If you want a more subdued, relaxed theme, ?? la lounge room, recessed lighting is probably more your speed. Just a tad more labor intensive than installing traditional light fixtures, recessed lights have the added benefit of dimmer switch control. They les you set the mood for your man cave.
Wall-mounted light fixtures are an option for any theme, and they come in a large variety of sconce styles. Don't be put off by the prospect of electrical work.
The right furniture can make or break your man cave. Save the sofa and love seats for the family room and consider reclining leather theater seats. You don't need a theater to enjoy them. Turn on the Blu-ray player, the surround sound and create your own theater atmosphere.
You should also consider having a custom bar or wet bar in your cave. Whether you anticipate entertaining for a party or a small get-together, or just want a place to fix yourself a quality drink, a bar is essential. A beer draft tap is a great addition to any bar. Whether it pours imported or domestic is up to you!
For the sport- minded man, the flat screen LED/LCD TV is a must. The right size TV will definitely help to incorporate your new theater seats! If you're leaning toward one of the larger models, mounting it to the wall is a good idea, since it frees up floor space and mitigates the possibility of damage due to uproarious celebrations.
TV and sports aren't the only entertainment available. If you're not particularly into sports, having a quality billiards table and/or arcade games is equally cool. The great thing about either of these is their community appeal.
If you're not as handy with your tools as you are with your beer mug, don't be afraid to call in the Atlanta-based pros. Not only can they help with installation, they are a key source of know-how and creative ideas.
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