This time of year means one thing to my family: Football. I grew up a huge sports fan, thanks to my dad. And I'm pretty sure my husband spends more time with his fantasy football team than with me on the weekends now. Sports are a part of who we are, and I believe our home should reflect that. But we're also adults with adult tastes, so a giant fathead wall decal of Tom Brady doesn't seem to be the best way to introduce our love of sports into our living room (although this one looks pretty damn good).
While kids can get away with an over-the-top approach (Check out these five sports-themed kids' bedrooms), there has to be a lot of us adult sports fans out there who want to show a love of football, baseball, basketball, soccer or hockey, while still maintaining a home style that's true to our tastes. Here are some strategies from a few rooms who get it right.
- An actual piece of memorabilia, like a signed football or baseball, feels more at home in a mature room than a giant team logo. The office above is from Kyle Schuneman Interiors.
- Clothing can be decor, too. Stylists love to stage homes with carefully selected clothes strewn about. Leave your favorite team's hat out on your desk. Or stash a few t-shirts or jerseys into a basket, like Hayley did with her husband's hockey jerseys, on Design Improvised, below and at top.
- A frame goes a long way. It can transform a tattered jersey into a personal piece of art for the wall.
- Less is more. To avoid turning your living room into a man cave, keep it simple. A framed jersey might seem like a big statement, but work it into a gallery wall of more mature prints and photographs.
- Speaking of photographs, pictures are a great way to display your love of sports. Put up photos of your family in their team t-shirts at a game, or a shot of your high school hockey team.
- Vintage is always in style. My favorite way to display our love of sports is to display replica prints of old game programs, like the two in our living room below, featuring my Florida Gators and my husband's Michigan Wolverines.
Any sports fans out there? How do you display team spirit at home?