A Modern Man Cave Mood Board

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Hello again! Dawn here, from DesigningDawn.com, back with another mood board for your decoration inspiration. This month, I wanted to try something a little different, and decided that a modern man cave moodboard would be a fun challenge. I like the idea of working up a space that a guy would dig but that wouldn’t make his wife cringe. 😉

To start out, I dug around a bit for some stylish manly spaces:

Amazin man cave office!
Found on improvenet.com
Finally, a manly man cave office
Found on digsdigs.com
Love the leather sofa and the black and gold bookcases
Found on champagnekaleidoscope.com
What a great space! Industrial loft style, with a brick wall and mural plus tall ceiling with beams
Found on home-designing.com
Ooh la la la, this black mantel is stunning!
Found on messagenote.com
Two styles of brick on the wall, plus a leather sofa
Found on messagenote.com
exposed brick wall + leather sofa. Need this!
Found on blog.blinds.com
Interesting black office space, love the sofa
Found on diyready.com

Most of these manly spaces have a few things in common. The color palette is deep and limited, creating a cozy atmosphere that is often associated with masculine design styles. They also all have some rough, rustic, or industrial flair to them. A little bit of that ‘intentionally unfinished’ look works well in a masculine space— think, exposed brick, scuffed leather, industrial metal, rustic wood, etc. I think taking some of these design elements into consideration can make for a very stylish space that has a definite masculine feeling to it, without looking overly fussy. So with all that in mind, here is what I came up with:

Creating a modern man cave. Love this rustic industrial masculine space!
Product sources listed below

Creating a Modern Man Cave

A classic Chesterfield sofa brings in a beautiful leather texture, but with a touch of class (no overstuffed cushions or cup holders here!). Combined with a geometric (read non-frilly) rug in muted neutrals and blues, it’s a great foundation for the space.

Next I added in some rustic elements. An industrial pendant light adds interest and sets the mood, while a wood and metal coffee table adds bonus storage space. Wood and metal chairs and bookshelves further the industrial atmosphere, but are balanced out by some carefully chosen throw pillows. They bring another accent of color and texture to the space, but stick with the geometric feel of the decor.

Finally I added in a few fun touches with some vintage sport prints. They bring that element into the space in a more stylish way than a college-dorm-esque sports poster in a plastic frame, don’t you think? I also brought some life into the room with a large fiddle leaf fig in a woven textured basket. I’m a firm believer that every room is better with plant life. 🙂

So what do you think? Is it possible to have a stylish man cave? If you’re interested, here is a list of sources I used to put together this mood board:

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Industrial Pendant
Coffee Table
Blue Triangle Pillow
Knit Pillow
Chalkboard Pillow
Metal Basket
Table Lamp
Geometric Objects
Similar Fiddle Leaf Fig
Similar Wicker Basket

As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. If you like this post, and have a design dilemma you’d like me to mock up some ideas for, let me know! Ask your questions by sending Remodelaholic a message over on Facebook.) Also I’d love for you to visit me on my blog, DesigningDawn.com, or follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram. Have a great day, friends!


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Dawn is one half of the team behind the creative blog, AD Aesthetic. By day she works as the VP of Creative for a design and marketing company (getting paid to make things look good!), while by night she renovates her Midwest home, refinishes thrift-store furniture for fun, and works with her husband on raising two tiny humans. Dawn believes in the potential to design your surroundings and your life one day at a time, and lives by the motto, 'Make everything beautiful.' Get to know her better by visiting her blog, ADaesthetic.com, or following along on Facebook and Instagram.

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  1. I love all these man caves and your design board. My husband “designed” his own man-cave a few years ago and actually did a pretty good job. He used Benjamin Moore’s Dry Sage paint and we get questions on the color all the time. After seeing all these photos above, I am going to suggest that he accessorize a bit more…if he will listen to me!