10 Tips to a Better "Man Cave"

Jennifer Brown Banks

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Whether you date online, long-distance, or are secretly immersed in an office romance, the eventual “setting” for your love story will take place at your place. There’s no getting around it.

And like it or not, your apartment, home, or man cave communicates a lot about who you are and your identity. Just like your clothing, it speaks volumes about your personality and lifestyle. Additionally, the Corona Virus has put a choke hold on our traditional entertainment options. True?

What does your crib say about you? Does it say that you lack “adulting” skills? That you are organized and attentive to detail? That you’re barely there?

Well, if you’d like yours to say you’re marriage material, or minimally someone worthy of hanging out with and getting to know better, consider these timely tips.

DECORATING DO’S AND DON’TS FOR 2021

1. Do make your place a unique, interesting reflection of who you are.

Whether it’s whimsical, old-fashioned, or bold and bodacious, put your own spin on it. That’s the beauty of having your own spot: your space, your taste!

2. Experiment.

See what you can come up with. Try combining different colors, styles, textures, and even time periods. In the initial stages, don’t invest a lot of money until you’re sure of what suits your personality and lifestyle. Knowledge is power.

3. Consider the psychology of colors.

Did you know that certain hues have an effect on how you feel and think in a particular room or setting? For instance, beige and earth tone colors are calming; while colors like red and orange are invigorating. Businesses use color therapy all the time in producing certain desired responses. You should too.

4. Keep your quarters nice and neat.

Your mom was right. Not only does this practice contribute to creating a favorable impression with those you seek to date and mate, it goes a long way toward saving you time and money.

5. “Bloom where you’re planted.”

Bringing a bit of nature indoors is always a smart move. Plants create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. They also help to provide good air quality. Even if you weren’t born with a “green thumb,” there are various types of plants that require less “grooming” than your pets. Clueless? Google “easy growing plants” or visit your local Home Depot’s Garden department for help.

6. Consider the versatility of baskets.

I dig baskets! You will too. They’re inexpensive, attractive, and easy to find.

Use them for storage: to hold pet toys, towels, CDs, books, small gadgets or tools, or as decorative art pieces placed strategically on walls. Mix and match different colors, sizes and weave patterns for maximum effect.

7. Surround your place with things you love.

If you’re a music lover, it could be a guitar or drum. It could be bold, decorative frames that “house” photos of your cherished pets. If you love to travel, perhaps you could display images of far-away places and a globe or two.

8. Don’t overlook the bedroom and kitchen.

Nice, crisp linen is always a plus. These two areas are where many couples spend a great deal of time sharing food, fun, and creating lasting memories.

9. Shop at an array of retailers for the best deals.

You can score some great items at places like your local Family Dollar, quality thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets, and even Craigslist.

10. Be sure to take before and after pictures.

It will inform your future decisions. And it will definitely give you a great sense of accomplishment and pleasure with useful ideas for future enhancements.

With spring cleaning on the horizon, there’s no better time to purge and update your pad!

Image credits: Pixabay.com

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