A basement man cave is a great, secret, brooding spot — and many men have them. But the key to making this man cave spot work is in the lighting.
Often basements don’t have adequate light because they don’t have windows.
So if you’re going to spend a lot of time in this space, you’re going need to bring in as much inviting light as you can to make it cozy and comfortable.
There are several ways to do this:
Select one cool lighting fixture to have an electrician hang from the ceiling. You want it to be unique and a talking point because it becomes the focal point of the man cave.
Mix metals by using several different lamps throughout the space — such as table lamps for side tables and a few floor lamps. One way to bring consistency to those lamps is have them all share the same lampshade or shades with complimentary designs.
Next, in a basement man cave, you want to combat that moody, dark environment with masculine yet cozy decor items. So mix your hues and your fabrics. For example, consider using a soft, handsome leather couch and toss on a few furry pillows or a chenille throw. This is a perfect example of mixing a distinguished, masculine element — such as a leather couch — with a more subdued comfortable decor item, like furry pillows and chenille throws.
You’ll also want to make sure you’ve properly outfitted your basement floor — which can be cold and uninviting. Consider getting new carpet or wood flooring if it fits in your budget — or choose a beautiful furry or Persian rug that will feel soft and warm beneath your feet. After all, you’ll be walking barefoot in your man cave!