We assume that you’ve chosen to read this article because you either have a games room already, or you’re considering turning a space inside your home into a games room. If so, we offer you our congratulations. You’ve found a room in your house that nobody else uses, and you’ve managed to resist the urge to turn it into a boring old study or somewhere to dump all the clutter that’s built up in other rooms. Not everyone has that kind of discipline!
Making a games room is a joyous experience. Finally, you have a space in the house where you can play physical or virtual games without being disturbed or interrupted, or someone else wanting the television. You can have your friends around and play cards with them at the tables. If you prefer to do your gambling online, you can play Online Slots UK on a computer set up inside a cabinet, so you feel like you’re inside a real casino. Online slots websites do their best to bring an authentic casino experience to you, but having the cabinet adds the final touches to that feeling of authenticity. It’s not all about card tables, undisturbed television time, and online slots, though – it’s about the atmosphere. To get the atmosphere right, you need to think about decor.
A games room without appropriate decor is just yet another room with stuff in it. To get the look and feel right, you’re going to have to put a little effort into decoration. We’ve done some thinking on that front so you don’t have to, and here are a few basic ideas we’ve come up with!
Blue Accent Lightning
If the lightbulbs and lamps in your games room are the same color as the lightbulbs and lamps in the rest of your home, you’re not thinking hard enough. You don’t want your games room to feel like every other room in your home. You want to start feeling like you’re in a different space from the moment you walk through the door – and lighting is the key to that. Go with a shade of blue. Don’t ask us why blue is the color of gaming and technology (someone else has already answered that question far better than we ever could), but it is. Blue is the color of the space age, blue is the color of most laser beams in science fiction, and blue is the color of gaming. Go blue, and you won’t go wrong.
You need something to go on the walls. Painting them will take forever. Tiling every inch of them won’t be much faster. Here’s a quick and effective solution for you; cover parts of the walls with Tetris-style tiles, and pretend that was the plan all along. You can use vinyl or ceramic tiles for this, and it couldn’t be any easier. All the shapes in Tetris are made from interlocking squares, so use different colors to represent different pieces and join them together. You can have as many or as few as you like, with more shapes halfway up the wall as if they’re heading down to join the ones at the bottom. Not only are you saving time on wall decoration, but you’re also paying tribute to one of the most iconic video games of all time. What could be more appropriate for a games room than that?
Smaller Room = Larger Television
Putting together a games room isn’t cheap, so we’re going to assume you have at least some money to spend on the idea. If the room you’re using (or considering using) as a games room is on the small side, think about using a good chunk of your budget on a large, wall-mounted television. If most of one of the walls in the room is taken up by a television (which becomes the primary gaming screen), it suddenly feels much larger. It’s an optical illusion, of course – you’ll still be dealing with the same floor space issues as you try to work out what you should and shouldn’t include in the room – but the room won’t feel cramped or dark. That’s good for your mood.
We’re not saying that all gamers secretly wish that their home was on the starship Enterprise, but we imagine that there are more science fiction fans inside the gaming community than there are outside it. If you really want your games room to have that ‘futuristic’ feel, underlighting is the way to go. We’re talking underlighting below chairs, underlighting below cabinets, beneath tables, perhaps even behind or beneath the television. When you turn the main lights down, the underlighting should be enough to illuminate the room. It will make you feel like you’re on the bridge of a space ship, and it will emphasize that the room is a place for fun.
No Such Thing As Too Many Shelves
You’re not going to be the only person who ever sets foot inside your games room. If you were, you wouldn’t care what it looked like because there would be nobody to impress. At some point, you’re going to be giving friends or family the guided tour. If your friends are gamers, they’re going to want to see your games collection. That’s why you’re going to need a lot of shelves. Nothing says, “I’m a gamer” like shelf after shelf of video games lines up in alphabetical order, running from one side of the room to the other. So long as it doesn’t infringe upon the internal dimensions, parts of your games room should look almost like a library with rows and rows of games where the books should be. This is a games room, so why not make it all about the games?
There should be room for your own ideas and creativity, too. Maybe choose another game for the wallpaper. Maybe you like the idea of ‘Star Wars’ style light-saber wall-mounted lights instead of underlighting? We’re not here to tell you what to do – we just wanted to help you start thinking about it so you can take these thoughts and run with them. We hope that we’ve given you something to think about, and we’re sure your room will look great whatever you choose to do with it!