7 Best Paint Colors for a Man Cave

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Choosing the best paint color for your man cave is the first step to creating a space the guys will love to hang out in. No matter what type of space you want to create, the decor will set the mood. Whether you are aiming for a basement speakeasy filled with deep, moody colors or a game room where all the guys can watch Sunday night football, the color of your walls can help direct your decor and set the rest of the room up for a color scheme.

And while many guys are reluctant to spend a lot of time decorating, a well-planned, organized, and attractive space will be much more comfortable than a haphazard assortment of different furniture tossed into a room.

Here are seven paint colors perfect for any man cave.

  • 01 of 07

    Best for a Movie Room: Farrow & Ball Pitch Black No. 256

    Farrow & Ball Pitch Black

    The Spruce

    Before you decorate your man cave, consider the end goal of the room. If you want to create a TV or movie room to host the latest blockbuster, focus on dark colors that won't take away from your screen. A rich black paint such as Farrow & Ball's Pitch Black is the perfect canvas for your home theater. Bold colors or undertones can distort the picture on your TV, but this neutral, velvety paint is perfect for creating a cozy, theater-like feel.

    Farrow & Ball Pitch Black No. 256

  • 02 of 07

    Best Neutral: The Spruce Sandbar SPR-04

    The Spruce paint swatch in Sandbar

    The Spruce

    A neutral paint color such as The Spruce's Sandbar is a great color if you want to create a multipurpose room that won't feel overly dark. This medium tan has warm undertones, is masculine, and creates a man cave without the true cave feeling. This color is perfect for a man cave that doubles as a guest room or office and pairs well with espresso or medium brown paints.

    The Spruce Sandbar SPR-04

  • 03 of 07

    Best for a Speakeasy Feel: Sherwin Williams Still Water SW 6223

    Sherwin-Williams Still Water

    The Spruce

    There's just something about a home basement bar that screams luxury. If you want to design a space where the guys can stop by after work for a beer, consider a deep, rustic teal-green such as Sherwin William's Still Water. This dark teal has strong blue undertones and pairs well with other cool colors. This color is dark, but still provides a pop of color that feels modern and adds a lot of depth to a basement without natural light.

    Sherwin Williams Still Water SW 6223

  • 04 of 07

    Best Red: Benjamin Moore Smoldering Red 2007-10

    Benjamin Moore Smoldering Red swatch

    The Spruce

    Red is one of the hottest paint colors for man caves. A fiery red such as Benjamin Moore's Smoldering Red is full of energy and swagger. Red for a man cave works with most styles, but it's a favorite for auto and sports themes. The secret to choosing the right red for your space is to look for a warm red such as Smoldering Red because it's more livable and easier to spend time in than with a primary bright red.

    Benjamin Moore Smoldering Red 2007-10

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Green: Behr Lakeside Pine PPU11-19

    Behr Lakeside Pine

    The Spruce

    Behr's Lakeside Pine is the natural choice for a man cave that channels the outdoors. This is a strong but neutral green that is unexpectedly relaxing and welcoming. The natural tone of Lakeside Pine is perfect for medium wood tones and natural materials. This is a dark color that looks best in a room with ample natural light, but like any dark color, it can also be used with confidence if you have the right warm and ambient lighting.

    Behr Lakeside Pine PPU11-19

  • 06 of 07

    Best Blue: Benjamin Moore Cape Blue 1642

    Benjamin Moore Cape Blue

    The Spruce

    A relaxing man cave doesn't have to be all about sports and TV; it can also be a personal retreat after a long day. A relaxing blue paint color such as Benjamin Moore's Cape Blue creates a serene space to relax after a loud and stressful week. Sure, you can still have the giant-screen TV, a bar, and dart games in this relaxing blue man cave, but when it's time to decompress and de-stress, a muted blue like this is the answer.

    Benjamin Moore Cape Blue 1642

  • 07 of 07

    Best Gray: Valspar Almost Charcoal 4008-2B

    Almost Charcoal by Valspar

    The Spruce

    Valspar's Almost Charcoal is an industrial-style medium gray that feels icy and cool and utterly sophisticated. It's a great color choice if you're designing a man cave that doubles as a home office. It's a modern color that's masculine with a heavy dose of chic. Pair it with other shades of gray to keep the feel of the man cave tranquil and adult-like without feeling heavy.

    Valspar Almost Charcoal 4008-2B