When you think of movie dynasties, what comes to mind first? The younger generations (mainly millennials) will quickly think of the Harry Potter or Fast and the Furious series, but for those of us born before the turn of the century, there is no answer besides Star Wars. Han Solo, C-3PO, R2D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca….the list goes on and on. These were household names back in the 80s and, with the revival of the franchise, have continued to be household staples to this day. Let us take a look at some Star Wars decorating ideas that will allow you to convert your basic, plain man cave into something even the force can’t take down!
The Jedi/ Light Side
Green light sabers, plain robes, and a calm demeanor were the ideologies behind the light side of the force. These Jedi and rebels created the force for good in the universe, combating evil forces to create a balance that creates all things we cherish. What names stand out when you think of the Jedi’s and the light side?
- Han Solo
- Luke Skywalker
- Princess Leia
- Lando Calrissian
- C-3PO and R2D2
- Obi-Wan Kanobi
- Rebel Alliance
- Qui-Gon Jinn
- And MANY more
Imagine creating a man cave that embodies these characters and this side of the force! My wife is a huge Star Wars fan, so our decorations have taken over our living room in ways that many wish their man cave could. We have a few light sabers made from supplies from a local Home Depot and have created flower holders and lamps from them. Using concepts similar to this, you can create a massive array of decorations that can fill your man cave with the best of the Star Wars universe.
If DIY projects aren’t your thing, you can set up your wall decor with a variety of Star Wars posters, autographed photographs of the crew, or even art pieces from artists online. On the left side of our television center in the living room we have Princess Leia and Han Solo, while on the right of the TV we have Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca. Combine that with a few pictures of the original star wars case on the left wall above the couch and it is unbeatable!
If you were to use that concept to decorate your man cave, with perhaps a few photos of the Millenium Falcon destroying a Tie-Fighter and you will be the ultimate Star Wars man cave hub. Additionally, you could have a display case or book shelf with a variety of different ships or characters (replicas of course) and you will have everything covered for any fan.
With the Jedi’s and the light side of the force covered, let’s take a look and your favorite villains.
Darth Vader and The Dark Side
With all good there is evil, and these guys are the most evil of them all. Let’s take a look at some of the best Star Wars dark side characters and concepts from the movie dynasty:
- Darth Vader
- Emporer Palpatine
- Kylo Ren
- Jabba the Hutt
- Captain Phasma
- Boba Fett
- Storm Troopers
- Death Star
- Count Dooku
- Supreme Leader Snoke
- Darth Maul
- And A LOT more
I’m not going to lie, I love a good villain in any show, book, or movie, and Star Wars has created some of the best villains in their Dark Side. Imagine someone walking into your man cave and seeing a large, comfortable chair that replicates that of Darth Vader’s in the original movies? No one, regardless of whether they are a fan of the light or dark side, can say no to sitting in that.
In addition to the chair concepts (and other furniture ideas), you can create lighting that replicates that of a TIE Fighter or the Death Star! Currently my wife and I have a Death Star disco ball as our light over the dining room table, mainly because it is cool as hell and way better than a chandelier. Take this idea and use it in your own man cave, with in combination with LED lighting or custom Star Wars lamp shades.
Similar to the Light side, you can decorate your walls with custom art, photographs (signed preferably), or posters from any of the series. People often forget the power of a picture or poster frame for these. A basic poster may look like it is a $20 plain piece, but if you frame in a nice setting, it looks like it costs in the hundreds. This little changes allow you have a better look than your basic photo or poster here and there.
Side Note: If you want to combine a room of light and dark side, there is no harm in that either. In fact, it may be a better idea than choosing one or the other! Having one side of your man cave light side and the other side dark will create the ultimate yin and yang effect that ties the whole room together. I would love the concept of the light side having photographs of particular characters while the dark side mirroring the opposing villains. Luke Skywalker facing Darth Vader. Darth Maul facing Obi-Wan. The opportunities are endless, and so should be your imagination!
If you are opposed to choosing a theme based on sides of the force, there are other options that pertain to which Star Wars series relate to you. Let’s dive into what began it all.
A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi
The start of the franchise. A new hope (pun intended?) for a new set of fans and a new ideology of what is out there in the fantasy world. There have been plenty of fantasy movies in the past century, but nothing comes close to what the original Star Wars Trilogy created back in the 80’s.
If you are choosing to decorate your man cave or man shed with photos, posters, and memorabilia of the best trilogy, you must be looking towards the original Star Wars series. A New Hope brought you the concept of outer space and the world that lay beyond, but combined that with characters that no one else has been able to match.
Combine the above mentioned characters and concepts with the Empire Strikes Back (in my opinion the best Star Wars movie) and Return of the Jedi and you have the ultimate trilogy man cave known to man! Imagine walking into your man cave and seeing a bar that mirrors the Mos Eisley Cantina! The is the most iconic bar in all the movies, and it can be easily made in your own man cave!
Combine that with a fridge that replicates Han Solo frozen in carbonite and who wouldn’t want to be in your man cave! Don’t forget to add posters, photographs, and other memorabilia along your walls or in a display case to tie in the final pieces and you are now the king of Star Wars man caves!
Perhaps you want to focus on the first three episodes, so we will touch on that a bit too!
Episodes 1-3 (the lesser versions)
Let’s say for some reason you want to have a man cave with episodes one, two, and three. To most fans, these are the bottom of the barrel for Star Wars movies, but not to all.
These episodes brought in little Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, and a variety of other characters to form a new trilogy of Star Wars fans. If you are taking this route, you can incorporate the different ships from the driving competition on the planet Naboo. Additionally, Naboo has a couple of great concepts and options to create mugs or custom glasses for your bar!
If the desert areas of Naboo isn’t in your realm of Star Wars decorating ideas, you can always include concepts from the village of Jar Jar Binks! Memorabilia from the underwater haven would be perfect for your bar or entertainment center.
Lastly, you can incorporate elements from the last movie of the series, Revenge of the Sith. Lamps in the form of light sabers (possibly symbolic of the famous fight scene) would be ideal for this theme. You could incorporate Yoda, Padme, or baby Luke and Leia into your display case as the ideal centerpieces for your Star Wars episodes 1-3 theme.
There are far too many ideas for the Clone Wars to promote, but they all relate to great wall decor and possible bar and lighting pieces. With that said, let’s move on to the new age of Star Wars!
Force Awakens, Rogue One, and Last Jedi
Kylo Ren, Jyn Erso, Poe, Rey, and a variety of other characters and planets have emerged as the forefront for the new generation of Star Wars icons. Whether you want to emanate elements from the First Order or the Imperial army, you have a lot of options to play with here.
Display cases or bookshelves with storm trooper (any generation in the films) would enable you to create the best display at the lowest cost. I currently have three helmets from the Star Wars series and occasionally throw them on for my trick or treaters during the holiday season. Combine that with the outfit and you have the ultimate man cave option that you can use outside your cave as well!
If displaying outfits or helmets in your man cave or man shed isn’t your thing, you have the ability to incorporate different weapons or drones that can be customized for your bar. Imagine a BB-8 bar stool, mug, or base of an end table. If that isn’t your style, you can incorporate the different phasers and weapons as bases to your lamps, handles to your mugs, or as pieces of wall art for your decor.
If you are short on cash, you can purchase a variety of memorabilia from these newer movies to create the ultimate experience. For all those DIY people out there, you can create the base of a coffee table that mirrors that of an X-Wing Fighter.
Similar to all other genres of Star Wars theme capabilities, you must get the proper photographs, posters, and other memorabilia to bring the whole theme together.
Use the Force!
Which of these options work for you? Whether you choose light versus dark, the original trilogy, episodes one through three, or the newer trilogy, there is no wrong option. The key is to format the man cave or man shed to fit the overall atmosphere you want to create.
If you have any suggestions or recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!