A man is only as good as his cave. Keep this in mind when decorating that special space your honey calls his own. Blasting this room with light when all your guy wants to do is watch movies, or creating a dark, spooky space for an avid outdoorsman won't net you any points on the scale of savvy spouses. Make sure you know what he wants before you tackle the lighting in the man cave, and then decorate the windows accordingly.
For the minimalist man in your life, solar shades provide protection from the heat and rays of the sun without cluttering up the windows in the man cave. Solar shades are constructed from a single-weave material that helps filter heat and light without blocking the view. This type of window treatment can also help lighten your utility bill and increase the energy efficiency of your home without darkening your room significantly.
If your man prefers a dark, private den -- away from daylight and distractions -- consider decorating the windows in the man cave with drapes with a black-out lining. The lining effectively blocks a good portion of the daylight that would normally enter the room. You can hang black-out panels regardless of whether they're attached to your drapes or are simply liners that hang behind your existing treatment. All you need are rods, drapery hooks and an assortment of standard curtain-hanging hardware such as screws, brackets and a screwdriver.
Men typically love gadgets, so install motorized blinds in his man cave. Motorized blinds have advantages over traditional blinds. They are often remote controlled, and they can be placed on your window -- much like a traditional blind -- or inside it to limit maintenance. They make raising and lowering the blinds on hard-to-reach windows easy. Motorized blinds are available in battery-operated or electric versions and can be hard-wired into your home by an electrician.
If your home's decor is more traditional, try decorating the windows in the man cave using simple treatments such as roller blinds, cafe curtains, a simple, unaccompanied valance or privacy film. Any one of these treatments adds a finished look to your man's cave, but some have more benefits than others. Adhesive window film prevents outsiders from peeking in, for instance, but it doesn't do much to block light. A valance is attractive, but it provides little in the way of privacy. Your best bet is to talk with your guy about what he's looking for in in his man cave and decorate with that purpose in mind.
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