How do you choose the right man cave decor that’s both stylish and masculine? Here are 70+ masculine wall art ideas and office decor for men!
What Is Masculine Decor?
I’m going to make some sweeping generalizations here that won’t apply to every guy. But I’ve observed over and over that my male clients tend to have a strong preference for wood finishes (and often get upset when you want to paint over anything made of wood).
They tend to like leather, metal, and darker, subdued colors. Again this is a generalization.
Masculine decor generally has more angular, clean lines, and the furniture pieces tend to be solid, as opposed to light and airy.
I try to use bold geometric patterns and avoid anything that feels fussy or cutesy. For instance, a sign that says “man cave” or “gone fish’in” or anything purchased at Hobby Lobby is out. (No offense… I do love you Hobby Lobby!)
Side note: Do you remember those “Billy the Bass” singing fish plaques? I remember they were a hot white elephant item at Christmas parties for a few years there in my pre-teens! Sorry those are out too.
But with this in mind, I’ve found some stylish wall art that will appeal to many common masculine interests. These posters and art pieces make great gifts for men! If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of ideas.
Masculine Wall Art Themes
- classic cars
- Star Wars
- outdoor recreation
- space travel
This is just a list to get you thinking. And if I haven’t found the exact right art piece, hopefully this will give you direction to find it on your own.
I recently discovered Pop Chart, a company that makes awesome art posters, and I’m totally hooked! Many of them are masculine themes- baseball stadiums, sneakers, objects from the Wizarding World, beer, sandwiches, space travel, etc.
In fact, I found so many cool chart posters that I couldn’t fit them all on one page and had to split it into 2! Check out their website for even more options. These charts would make great office decor for men too!
Maps make excellent wall art! Especially when they depict a place with special significance, whether it’s a favorite vacation spot, a map of sports teams, Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings), a famous golf course, the Gallaxy, or Disney World.
The key is to find maps that either have modern or vintage flair, depending on the room. It’s also important that the maps’ colors fit into the room’s color scheme.
And most of the maps and wood cutouts below come in other states, islands, etc. Just click the link and search for your state or location.
Schematic drawings of his favorite things will make a great tasteful style statement. You can find patent drawings of all sorts of things on Amazon, from motorcycles to spaceships, to camping gear. Here are a few ideas to get started.
Black and White Photography
Black and white photo art prints never go out of style. They work great in simple poster frames or as wrapped canvases. And if you want to go really bold, consider a black and white photo mural to cover a whole wall! More mural ideas later…
Vintage ads and posters can make fabulous wall art. They have a cool retro vibe and are often in slightly more subdued colors than modern day ads, which is perfect. Think favorite movies, old concerts, vintage ads for favorite vacation spots or sporting events, etc.
Abstract Wall Art for Men
Abstract art is often perfect office decor for men. It’s stylish and beautiful, and unlikely to give offense to clients or coworkers who don’t happen to appreciate the same sports team or variety of whiskey. It’s also great for men who don’t know what kind of art they like. I try to look for abstract art that ties into the room’s overall color scheme. There’s certainly plenty to choose from!
Cool Paintings for Guys
Paintings of animals, nature, Stormtroopers, block prints, etc. can make great masculine wall art. Just steer clear of paintings that are too realistic, cutesy, or overly romantic. Here are a few paintings I think would go well in a man’s office, home or man cave:
Plants & Trees
Cacti, trees, leaves, and even houseplants can be great subjects for manly wall art. Most men will prefer to steer clear of florals in their man caves though. Here are a few examples of masculine wall art featuring plants & trees:
Peel-and-stick murals are hugely popular right now, and make a big modern style statement in a home office, man cave, or even living room or bedroom. It’s usually best to keep the mural to a single accent wall so the room doesn’t feel overwhelming.
And finally, we need to talk about finding frames for those cool posters and prints you just found, so you don’t end up with a dorm-room vibe in your man cave. Here are a few of my favorites. I recommend sleek frames with clean lines for most masculine art. Alternatively, you can order your art on a wrapped canvas.