Decorating for Men

Sports-Carpet-Tile-Man-CaveEvery guy needs their own space. In households that are becoming more dominated by a woman’s sensible decorating style, a man cave is the last bastion of masculinity where the less fair of the species can stretch out, throw style to the wind, and do near as much anything they like.

If you’re lucky enough to have an understanding wife who allowed you to build your own man cave, then the next big thing is to decorate it. All that time you spent convincing, begging, and pleading now comes to a head as you realize that you don’t even know where to start.

A man cave should be an extension of your personality, a place where you can carve your identity, and a place where you can relax without worrying about your feet being up on the coffee table, or your empty cans and chip packets piling up around you.

In seriousness, a man cave should have the same amount of care given to it that the rest of your home received in the design stages. What many men forget when they’re planning a man cave is that it should be practical. If you’re planning to spend any amount of time in it then it needs to be comfortable, warm, dry, be easily cleaned after your buddies pop around, and most of all it should look good.

That means that what you put on the walls is important, they should be able to stand up to the general wear and the random pool cue bumps that they will no doubt endure. Another key area is the furniture. If your man cave is doubling as a media room then you will need comfortable seating, and preferably seating that can take spills, crumbs, and all of your mates. Leather or a synthetic leather would work perfectly. Fabrics are likely to catch odors, and hold dust and debris.

So even paying attention to the furnishings and wall covering, how about the floors? Your man cave flooring is going to take more punishment than anything else in the room, so this is one area where you need to choose wisely. That plush 100% wool fiber that you have in the bedroom is not the best idea for your play space, but carpet tiles might be!

Carpet tiles are perfect for a man cave because they’re cost effective, highly durable, look great, and you can customize, move, remove, and redecorate any time that you want. Installation is simple and you could even do it yourself.

Most carpet tiles come in 100% nylon fibers with backings intended for commercial use. If a carpet tile can stand up to the hospitality industry it will definitely survive your man cave.

Creating your own space in your home is not difficult, but making the right choices can be. When it comes to flooring make sure you take the safe route, with carpet tiles designed for heavy use. A range of designs including collegiate checkerboards mean that you will always find the perfect match for your space, and with the durability that carpet tiles provide you might find that they outlive almost everything else inside the room.

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The Science of Color in Decorating Your Rooms

color wheelColor is an art but there is also a science to it that can evoke different feelings or emotions. This is true not only of things like website design, and office buildings, but also of the rooms in which we spend the most time–those inside our home. Color is used to promote the feelings that we want people to have and to showcase our style. One example of this is the green room where people wait for television broadcasting. It was designed to provide relaxation and conversation and it works very well.

In order to ensure that your company feels at home or to ensure feelings of warmth and welcome there are certain colors that you can use that will make the room that you are decorating feel warmer, cooler or more relaxing.

Blue for example offers up feelings of trust and promotes relaxation. If you’d like to create that kind of feeling–probably most appropriate in a bedroom, then you can use warm blues or lighter blue to make your guests relax and feel at home. Too much blue can often backfire. Science tells us that the blue color can actually promote sleeping so having a lot of blue in a room such as your living room will actively encourage sleep.

Red is a color that provides energy. Too much red in a room can actually promote anger or provide too much energy. It’s best used in darker tones when used on the walls or, if you want to inject a bit of energy into the room, create a small area where red is a brilliant accent that will draw attention to that space. A white or black sofa can benefit from red accent pillows to add a splash of color and energy to that area. Red or dark red carpet or flooring can provide a dramatic counterpoint for a lighter colored wall or furniture.

Yellow is bright and sunny but may also cause caution, much as it is used in a stop light to provide a cautionary statement to the drive. Yellow in the kitchen adds energy and offers a wake up call to the person entering the room. The shades matter as much as the color. A lighter, buttercream yellow may seem more easy on the eyes and provide a little more relaxation and add a touch of energy,while the deeper yellow in a large amount might create tension. Yellow or cream colored rugs in a room mesh well with browns, blacks, blues or even red but too much of the color can be problematic unless it is laid out in various tones.

Experimentation with different colors can provide you with rooms that are pleasant and relaxing and offer your family and friends the ideal backdrop for interactions. Using different colors and textures in the room, mixing and matching them will create a more interesting environment. Your style in decorating says a lot about y ou. Experiment with carpet and flooring colors until you get the look that you want. Don’t settle for something that isn’t you.