Why decorating for dads? Well, Father’s day has come and gone and if you ask me, one day to celebrate the men in your life just isn’t enough. So, in addition to the lovely tie, the new fishing rod, or golf clubs, why not give him something he can use all year? Give him a space of his own.
Find a space
Everyone can find one room, or the corner of a room, garage, attic, or shed that you can dedicate just for him. My poor husband has a closet full of sports memorabilia that just doesn’t “go” with anything in our house. (The price he pays for being married to a decorator!) But things are going to change because we are building a new garage and it will be all his. I promise! So let’s decorate a space together because I’m going to give you ideas to help design your own guy’s space and show you how to take it from an idea to reality.
Start with his favorite things.
Maybe it’s NASCAR racing, baseball, fishing, or all of the above. Use the idea to spark your imagination by using elements that will remind him of those things. For instance, go with leather if you’re thinking a western theme. How about netting for a fishing theme. Or black and white checks for NASCAR racing. The idea is to incorporate hints of what he loves if you don’t want to go all out and hang fish all over the wall.
How will he use the space?
Next you’ll need to think about how he’s going to USE the space. Does he play cards, watch TV, relax, eat, and hang with his friends? What will he need in this space to make that possible? A table, a recliner, a bunch of recliners (lol), a refrigerator? Make a list of everything he’ll need, think of the theme, and go shopping.
Try to come up with unique ways of using some of his things instead of their intended use. Also make the items function as well as for decoration. This way it can do double duty, especially if the space is small. Here are some ideas.
For a fishing theme
How about a leather recliner, a fish basket for his newspapers, netting hung to divide the space or cover pipes, tackle boxes stacked for a side table, rubber boots with sea grass coming out of it.
You could use wooden benches for seating, green outdoor carpeting for the floor, baseball bats for legs on a table, and lockers for storage. You get the idea.
Remember, whatever his favorite pastime is you can use your imagination to make him feel like he’s right in the middle of it. This is a gift that he’ll be able to enjoy for a long time.
Visit our Pinterest board “Decorating for Dads” for some Pinspiration
If you have any other ideas you would like to share for the rest of our readers, please leave a comment.