I adore color set against a black and white canvas. It is so clean, crisp, yet totally striking! This room has everything that inspires me; the color green, a gorgeous ornate mirror, shine, great lighting, a beautiful sofa with an unassuming silhouette. The room, and it's elements, is art...Ahhhh inspiration.
I love doing this posting, With A Man In Mind! Totally one of my favorite and most enjoyable to compose. Man Crates, is a creative and out-of-the-box online destination, where you will find personalized gifts for the guy in your life. Your selected gift comes packaged inside an actual wood crate, and shipped with an engraved crowbar that the recipient uses to open the crate. How cool is that? The guys over at Man Crates asked me to participate in their "Man Cave Makeover" campaign! Of course I would! This is right up my alley! First things first, my guys kick back in a sophisticated Chill Spot and with that in mind I designed a space they would really enjoy...
When I think of any environment where testosterone will run rampant, I know that I will be using leather and other furnishings that can be wiped down and will hide stains! To set the tone for this sophisticated and masculinechill spot, I thought charcoal gray walls would definitely do the trick and be the perfect canvas for all other elements.
I selected a tufted leather sofa that is really quite modern. Although tufting is typically traditional, this sofa has a great modern edge with a polished silver frame. The metal framed armchairs further enhances the masculine feel of the room. Since metal finishes can feel cold, literally and figuratively, I introduced warmth with wood side tables flanking the sofa, a very textural "abaca twist" coffee table, and tree root inspired side tables (in a silver finish) beside the armchairs.
But wait, there has to be some sort of animal inspiration and this rug fits the bill just fine; not only because of the pattern, but also the texture that is created by the pattern. I couldn't stop there...the velvet jacquard tonal ikat pillow, along with the gold Mongolian pillow, increases the sophistication quotient and adds that softness that a masculine space needs. It can't all be linear, hard, and without some glimmers of color. Just because it's called or thought of as a man cave, doesn't mean it has to be exactly that!
I had to include a world map. Why? Well, even if the man that enjoys this room doesn't travel much, he can on some level, gaze upon it and wonder what it would be like to walk on soil different from what he walks on daily. Even the most masculine man daydreams of land not travelled; and if he doesn't, then what do you know...you've just opened his mind and broadened his horizons.
Lighting is everything in a room. Everything! Depending on the size of this room; which I'm guessing by what I want to include in here, will need two chandeliers, along with the one table lamp, and the floor lamp. All of which will be placed on dimmers, along with strategically placed recessed lighting. Can you see the light? Totally!
Well, what do I need to say about the details? They are just as important as the design itself. In fact, one has said, "Details are not the details. They make the design." Ah yes, that would be the genius of Charles Eames. The details, those strategically selected and placed accessories, can be as quirky, whimsical, even serious as you want. As long as it tells some kind of story about the person(s) who will be using the room. They should be looked at as the punctuation of the room. The details should elicit excitement, let you know when to slow down; pause even, and just stop you dead in your tracks.