Unbeatable views. Stunning bars. Indulgent eats. Generous pours. It’s hard to imagine a better spot to catch a game than a luxury stadium suite. But how can you recreate the experience if you don’t happen to have season-long access to premium seats? The key is finding a way to bring that luxury home with you through the design choices you make for your basement bar or fan cave.
Some of our favorite spaces in pro sports offer style inspiration in spades. Add these design tips to your playbook and your home is sure to be the newest neighborhood hot spot on game day.
1. Incorporate team colors in an elevated way.
Show support for your favorite team by infusing its colors into your space in a refined way, whether through your paint, countertops, bar stools, or other décor. To keep your space from feeling too heavy, limit the color to one or two design elements. And it doesn’t need to be an exact match – for example, a metallic or rustic gold can give a nod to a team with a more yellow-gold hue. Balance out the pops of color with complementary neutrals such as whites, grays, or wood. From sophisticated navy and bold red to subtle whites and grays, Cambria has a deep roster of designs to inspire creativity in your fan cave.
Cambria designs like these give a nod to favorite team colors in trend-forward fashion.
2. Make a statement with movement.
A great way to make your basement bar stand out is by choosing distinctive countertops featuring depth, texture, and movement. The natural stone beauty of Cambria designs creates a lasting impression.
3. Vary your lighting.
Fan caves and basement bars tend to have less natural light, so it’s smart to install a variety of lighting. Add style through statement sconces or set the mood with backlit shelving. Overhead recessed lighting keeps your space open while pendants can sleekly frame the bar. And don’t overlook dimmer switches — a great option to adjust the ambience.
4. Consider a white backsplash for versatility and visual space.
A white backsplash visually opens up the space and provides the perfect blank canvas for your décor, allowing bold team colors or beautiful glassware to pop. For a stunning and cohesive look, choose one of Cambria’s marble-look designs for both the countertops and backsplash. Brittanicca, with its sweeping movement, always steals the show as a backsplash.
5. Keep options open with open shelving.
A favorite in kitchens, open shelving also works well in basement bars. Showcase stylish décor, team memorabilia, barware, or your selection of spirits. Switch up your displays when the mood strikes or the seasons change.
Floating shelves showcase distinct décor and serving essentials in this bright basement bar featuring Swanbridge™ countertops and a subway tile backsplash. By: Christine Da Costa and Parand Design. Photo: Arnal Photography.
6. Set the mood with metallics.
Metallics lend a sophisticated tone to any space and can really make for a memorable fan cave. From pendants and hardware to backsplashes and countertops, there’s always an opportunity to add some shimmer. For statement-making countertops, Cambria’s Jewel Collection™ features designs that sparkle from deep within the surface, including the metallic-hued Minera™, Brighstone™, and Rosslyn™. See how dazzling Minera and crisp Whitehall™ team up in this contemporary basement bar and home brewery.
7. Pair wood with white.
You can’t go wrong with this timeless pairing. Wood cabinetry feels warm and welcoming, while white countertops offer crisp contrast and add some brightness to a bar space.
8. Round out your style.
Get inventive with the shape of your bar to suit your space. Rounded bar tops inspire conversation and create a focal point in narrower spaces.
9. Add custom elements.
Many stadium spaces feature custom team logo inlays made from Cambria, from bar tables to floor medallions. To sport your team allegiance in style, work with your Cambria fabricator on a custom inlay for your fan cave.
An L.A. Kings coffee table featuring Roxwell is a striking custom piece for a fan cave.
10. Be party-ready.
Last but not least, make sure your fan cave is always well-stocked – from drinks and snacks to serving ware. Stylish trays and ice buckets keep your presentation professional, while smart shelving and custom cabinetry ensure supplies stay handy.
There’s a reason Cambria is found in luxury spaces in stadiums and arenas nationwide. Not only beautiful, Cambria stands up to even the most spirited fans. Handcrafted in the U.S. and made from North American-sourced natural quartz, Cambria countertops are more durable than granite and marble, stain resistant, and maintenance free. This makes them the perfect choice for your home bar or fan cave as well – nobody wants to miss a play while attending to a drink spill!