Get The Details Right
Rowan painted his basement walls to replicate the look of a Browns helmet. A friend who works with the team told him to make sure each bar is the same thickness. Using his own replica helmet, he went to Home Depot to make sure the colors were a perfect match (the orange is Behr’s Inferno, FYI). “I wanted it to feel authentic,” he says. “I wanted my basement to feel like the Browns had sponsored it.”
Make The Decor Meaningful
You can find plenty of inauthentic signs or posters — “Browns Fan Parking Only” — but Rowan says finding the right items, such as framed photos of meaningful games, add a personal touch. “For Christmas, [my wife] bought this Browns-Steelers picture, and I immediately said ‘Babe! We were at that game,’ ” Rowan says. “That was our first game as season ticket holders.”
Fill The Space With Memorabilia
It might not feel like a vendor booth at FirstEnergy Stadium, but add some swagger to your space with collectibles and more. Among the Browns merch in Rowan’s basement are a Baker Mayfield Funko Pop figure, an Odell Beckham Jr. bobblehead and a Jim Brown autographed photo. “As Browns fans, we always identify with certain people and the players we look up to,” he says.
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September 9, 2020