While the term ‘Man Cave’ might bring to mind a rowdy, he-man habitat filled with beer cans and smelly socks, it’s actually much more than that.
A Man Cave offers solace from daily pressures, a tranquil refuge where men can recharge away from home life demands – allowing them an opportunity to emerge refreshed and ready for whatever comes next.
When it comes to allocating and creating a man cave in your home, the look and feel are essential. And that’s where choosing the right paint colors comes in.
The preciseness of the colors you pick for this room (or part of your home) will generate the mood you desire and let your interests guide the way. It’s an excellent opportunity to show some personality. So,
- The color palette in man caves should often be based on “masculine hues” like neutral brown, beige, gray, and black or highlights such as blue and green.
- A darker gray, or “greige,” is the ideal neutral for a calming atmosphere. But a navy blue has enough energy to vitalize and give that masculine personality a man cave needs.
- In general, picking these colors convey a strong personality without being overwhelming when used in a man’s painted room.
Even though these steps might appear easy, trying to determine what color(s) work best for a man cave can be daunting based on the specific area you have.
With so many paint options available on the market today, how does one narrow down their selection?
In this blog, I’ll help you determine what other color choices are available and how you can make the best decision for your space that pairs well with other decorative things that matter most in the room.
Best Man Cave Paint Color Schemes
First and foremost, there are a few key things to think about when you are choosing the ideal paint colors for your man cave. These include:
- Is the man cave present in your basement or somewhere upstairs,
- What’s the size and the amount of natural light in the space,
- Whether you want to create a focal point with your wall color or not,
- What are the particular hues you have in mind that complement your existing furniture and decor objects,
- How will the shades make you feel when you’re in the space, and what overall mood do you want to create – like gaming, beer, sporty, etc.?
Every answer to the question should be treated as its own section and should help you decide what colors to choose.
Once you’ve considered all of these things and some more (that may pop up in your mind), you can start to narrow down your paint color options.
All that said, some of the most popular man cave colors include the following:
Various shades of gray are trendy and are here to stay. They give off an aura of strength while remaining subtle and classy in a man cave.
The reason why “gray” is becoming more popular as a “new neutral” in interior design is that it’s often used to replace clean whites. Most lighter gray tones have the same characteristics as white, which makes them adaptable, yet they are less obvious.
A gray hue like Lamp Room Gray by Farrow and Ball, I think, is a fantastic option for multipurpose mantuaries such as a study, library, or home office because its muted undertones are both edgy and timeless. This color might be perfect for you if you feel that white walls are too bland or uninteresting but still want the versatility they offer.
Greiges and other lighter tints create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere, whereas deeper hues like ash gray, smoke gray, slate gray, charcoal, graphite, and pebble help create the perfect mood for a more dramatic area.
Black is mysterious, elegant, and, best of all, it projects masculinity.
Most man caves built in the US often have the advantage of plenty of space, making it possible to use a lot of black without worrying about the room look cramped.
Classic colors that pair well with black are white, red, yellow, blue, and green. So, if you have a relatively smaller space, you can use black as an accent color instead of painting or decorating the room in maximum black.
I have once used Off-Black by Ball & Farrow, and I think the darkness that it creates is ideal for man caves. The strength and personality it can bring to these spaces are just awesome.
3- Navy Blue
The most common color choice for men is blue because it symbolizes masculinity—however, not every shade of blue works in a man cave.
Blue exists in hundreds of tints and shades-from light powdery blue to rich cobalt, dark navy, or bluish grey. The best colors for a man’s space, in my opinion, fall on the medium to the darker end of the spectrum. And that is Navy Blue.
Navy blue (like Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore) is regarded as one of the darkest hues (with almost a tinge of black). Although it’s a bit dark, it has the ability to invigorate a space while also providing a male atmosphere. Overall, its impact is a dramatic yet masculine room.
However, keep in mind that because navy blue is such a heavy and dark hue, it might not work well in smaller man caves – it could make your room feel even smaller.
For larger rooms, you can use it for an entire room or accent walls. If you want to use it more liberally, pair it with shades of gray to tone down the color.
Or add some variety to your color scheme by adding other colors in the family, like denim blue, blue-gray, midnight blue, oxford blue, and Persian blue. These are all the popular trends in today’s interior design world.
4- Dark Brown
Looking for colors that evoke the sense of outdoors and nature in your man cave – earth tones and browns are perfect.
Monochromatic schemes look great in dark brown. And one of the best things about shades of brown (like Sherwin Williams Rookwood Dark Brown) is that they can make a space feel warm and cozy in addition to being strong, bold, and brave.
If you use this one color for your man space, it creates a cohesive and tied-together look for your interior. But using one color does not necessarily mean that you have to use the exact same shade of dark brown repeating throughout. You can pair them with the right accent colors and even light browns or tans to create a more textured and layered look.
5- Red and Burgundy
Shades like dark red, burgundy even mauve can be a terrific man cave color scheme for you if you’re more inclined toward brighter colors and want to avoid neutrals like taupes, grays, and beiges.
Burgundy Rose by Benjamin Moore is one of my favorites; it’s a muted mid-tone that provides darkness to the room, making it perfect as an accent color.
In contrast, a fiery red such as Benjamin Moore’s Smoldering Red creates a focal point and brings in that eye-popping contrast without being too overwhelming because the more subdued burgundy effectively tones it down and balances everything out.
With a color scheme like this, wisely used in your man room, you’ll surely end up with a space that has a sophisticated style with a modern flair.
Man Cave Decor Tips and Ideas – For That Manly Feel
Building your man space isn’t easy; you will need a lot of planning and decisions to make. Start by deciding on the area where you want to build this special male retreat for fun and partying together with friends.
This can be a small room in the basement, a spare bedroom, a media room, a den, a specially equipped garage, or even a tree house – which I think many haven’t even heard of.
For decoration, besides the paint color, you must consider the type of furniture and decor pieces you’ll want to put there.
Here are some additional tips and ideas for creating this male retreat sanctuary in your home…
a. Go for a Classic Bar
One of the popular man cave ideas is to turn it into a bar. Whether it’s just a small countertop with some stools or a full-blown home bar, it’s a great idea if you love to entertain and have friends over often.
The deer head wall mount in the above picture looks very real, and it definitely needs to be noticed. This kind of wall mount is an excellent way to bring the outdoors into your man cave and make it unique from other places in your home.
b. Get a Pool Table
Another classic man cave idea is to get a pool table. It’s a perfect fit if you have some extra space and want a place to hang out and play some games.
Additionally, if the room is in the basement, you can add a mini-fridge or full-sized refrigerator to keep snacks and drinks cold.
c. Create a Movie Theater
If you’re a movie buff and have a larger space, you might want to consider creating a home theater with a Smart 85-inch 4K TV in your man cave to relax and watch your favorite movies in style.
You could even add a projector or some unique pieces of furniture to this man cave, such as bean bag chairs or a sofa set.
d. Install a Dartboard
Installing a uniquely designed dartboard is a perfect way to entertain your friends, cousins, and colleagues who like to play darts.
For a more hunting environment and feel, you can consider adding some gun collection nearby if you have them.
e. Create a Game Room
Another great idea for a man cave is to create a game room to play video games for gaming enthusiasts. For a sports fan, you can also consider building a sports cave to watch the big game or your favorite team play on weekends.
f. Get a Pinball Machine
One of the coolest man cave ideas is to get a pinball machine to have fun and show off your collection.
Pinball is a classic game that everyone can enjoy, and it will give your man cave a retro feel. Accessorize it with vintage posters and neon signs, and you will have the perfect place to hang out with your friends.
Or, if you’re a fan of soccer, you might want to consider getting an additional foosball table. It’s an excellent opportunity to have fun and show off your skills.
g. Set Up a Poker Table
Playing cards not only requires some serious skill, but it also creates a relaxed atmosphere for you and your buddies to have a good time.
So, setting up a poker table is one of the most popular man cave ideas for entertaining your friends who come over frequently to play.
h. Create a Man Cave Office
Last but not least, having a designated room in your house for an office is ideal, but not everyone has that extra space.
If you often work from home looking for ways to increase productivity and create more of a personal working environment, consider transforming one of your rooms into a man cave office.
Here you can also invite your colleagues or clients for a business meeting in a more relaxed and comfortable setting, without having to leave the house. Just do not forget to add a wine storage rack for them nearby to keep them refreshed.
The Bottom Line
These are just a few ideas for building and decorating your mantuary space. But believe me; there are endless possibilities that can be experimented with.
Just make sure that you choose the paint colors and accessories that you will enjoy spending time in and that will fit your personality. After all, it’s a space that is truly your own.
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Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.