Designing your trophy room in Cody, WY is not just about mounting heads and scattering stuffed animals around the room. While this space acts primarily for display, customers also create an area for socializing and spending time alone. Trophy rooms are as unique as the hunters who build them, and chaotic clutter will not do justice to your accomplishments. Here are five elements to consider as you compile your perfect trophy room:
- Avoid limiting yourself: We encounter customers who avoid the trophy room idea because they have a small home. It is easy to compare your resources to the large trophy rooms presented in movies, but that is not the only way to do this. Your trophy room can be the great room in the center of your home, a small bedroom or home office or even a hallway. Our design services can help determine the best place to display your trophies.
- Type of game you hunt: The hunter who focuses on wing shooting will have a trophy room very different from the one who takes an annual African safari. Several full mounts have different display needs than a collection of geese and pheasants. If you pursue a variety of small and large game, it may be difficult to create a clear theme. You may need to create themes in different areas of your room.
- Other purposes: You have two choices for trophy room layout: a space used primarily for display or a multi-purpose space. If your trophy room is also a library, den or home office, that affects the layout of your quarry. You can also treat the space as a museum area where the only expectation is a place for you or your guests to view your trophies. Layout will depend on how you intend to use the space.
- Furniture: Even if you are pursuing a straight display area, you likely desire shelving or chairs. Go for low profile pieces that do not distract from the trophies, but that still offer some creature comforts for you or visitors. If you are looking at making this an entertainment area, pursue pieces with a woodsy theme that lack pretention. You want furniture to bring it all together into a theme. This makes it a design achievement as well as a display for your successful hunts.
- Think unconventionally: The natural inclination is to mount trophies on the wall or put full mounts along the outskirts of the room. If you installed a bar or built-in shelving, this can prove challenging. Think creatively and consider what type of space is needed for a trophy. A full mount of a mountain lion needs floor space more than the wall, so consider making it a centerpiece. Also, you may want to concentrate your wall mounts above the bar, but that can produce a cluttered appearance. Consider spreading them out or grouping by species on different walls. Smaller trophies can accompany useful elements of a room. For example, a trout mount might look great on a side table near a lamp.
Design your perfect trophy room in Cody, WY with guidance from the experts at Nature’s Design Taxidermy. Call us today to get started.