How do you choose the right man cave decor that’s stylish and masculine? Here are 70+ masculine wall art ideas and office decor for men!
Ever since we went into lockdown three months ago, I’ve been chipping away at the TV room/closet office makeover. Really this room is for Peter. He doesn’t like the term “man cave,” so I don’t usually call it that. But basically it’s where all TV watching, gaming, and man parties happen.
Normally he really doesn’t care about home decor- as long as I don’t make everything pink and flowery, he’s fine. If I hadn’t come into his life, I’m pretty sure he’d still be using an upside-down plastic storage bin as a coffee table.
But since this is his space, I really wanted it to be stylish, sophisticated, masculine, and personal to him. His main interests are bicycling, soccer, and football. I’m not going over-the-top with a cheesy theme. Just choosing (actually helping him choose) a few modern masculine wall art pieces that he likes and that will be at home in the room.
What makes a room Feel Masculine?
I’m going to make some sweeping generalizations here that won’t apply to every man. But I’ve observed over and over that men 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-teen years! 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.
- 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 to 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. Here are a few ideas to get started.
Black and White Photo Art
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.