For some, the term interior design conjures up images of perfectly decorated homes orchestrated by temperamental designers stubbornly insisting on beauty over livability. Television has certainly done little to quell this prejudice, because– let’s face it–shows with caricatures are fun to watch. However, this is far from the truth. The purpose of design is to make a home work…even if what one member of the house is asking for is anathema to the overall design plan of the rest. No more apparent is this than the explosion of popularity in The Man Cave.
The purpose of design is to make a home work…
Hardly a day goes by when I don’t hear a reference to The Man Cave. Now granted, I may be more attuned to this considering my line of work, but even still, it is obvious that the idea of a male only sanctuary has invaded popular culture. The Man Cave can run the gambit from an area of the home, often in the garage or basement, which is left undecorated, to a fully designed, custom-built refuge. The overriding premise for the Man Cave is function over form with the specific intention of being respite from the “civilized” (and often feminine) rules of the rest of the home.
The term Man Cave was coined by pop psychologist John Gray in 1993, and was officially added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary just last year.
The term Man Cave was coined by pop psychologist John Gray in 1993, and was officially added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary just last year. The idea of a personal space for men to retreat goes back much further. What began as an area of the home dedicated to the workbench grew in scope and square footage over decades to become what it is today. A fully “tricked out” Man Cave can feature a putting green, televisions to cover the entire wall, and a built in bar complete with taps. More realistically, this space is intentionally haphazard. Some couples compromise, and call a decorator, who uses a masculine theme, such as the colors and memorabilia of a favorite sports team, in a portion of the house to satisfy everyone. Because ultimately, it is the job of an interior designer to be sure the home functions well for the entire family, whether each member has a designated space or not.
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