Many dream of creating their own personalised recreation room in their home. This is an opportunity to build a space where you truly feel comfortable and relaxed while surrounded by activities, hobbies and interests.
However, making the room feel perfect is often easier said than done. Just jamming a bunch of games into a small space will probably not achieve the vibe you are looking for, so here are some tips to help you build the perfect relaxation room in your home.
Proper Lighting is Essential
While the first thing you might think about when you’re building a games room might be the activities and hobbies you will use the room for, you should initially consider the aesthetics of the space.
Any interior decorator will tell you of the power of adequate lighting. It can transform a drab and dull space into a cosy, welcoming and exciting room. When thinking about lighting, you should consider what you plan on using the space for and what areas you wish to accentuate.
If you are building the room in a basement or another poorly illuminated space, lighting is essential. You can install LED strips behind furniture to both light the space and accentuate pieces of the room. Additionally, consider small lamps or dimmable lights, which will allow you to alter the mood of the games room at the push of a button. This can make the room much more versatile, as it can be a space to relax and watch a film or entertain your friends when they come over.
Show Off Your Personality
When you are creating such a room, you must customise it, so your character shines through. In practice, this means that you shouldn’t just consider functional pieces when decorating the spaces. Think of your hobbies and interests during the design process. For example, if you are really into surfing, why not create a feature wall creatively displaying your boards. This provides a storage solution for your equipment while truly customising the room simultaneously.
Another thing you might consider is acoustic dampening if you plan on watching films or listening to music in the room. Many people opt for a wall of monochrome acoustic tiling to achieve this, but this can give a room a dull finish. If you want to show off your personality, consider bringing a splash of colour by cutting various shades of tiling and arranging them in a personalised pattern.
Get Old School
Sure, you might want to have the latest and greatest technology in your games room, but you can bring your personality to the space with some well-selected nostalgic pastimes. These can be used to accentuate a larger area by bringing a splash of colour and old-school style to your state-of-the-art gaming setup.
Buying your favourite arcade machine from your childhood is an effective way to make the space more interesting and fun. For example, if you grew up playing old school Street Fighter or Pac Man, look around for these machines online. Generally, you can find great deals on nostalgic arcade machines. However, you should consider these factors before buying an arcade machine.
Don’t Forget Modern Touches
The juxtaposition of your favourite nostalgic games alongside the latest console or PC gaming setup is genuinely something to behold. While older games might trigger positive emotions from years gone by, no games room is really complete without a comprehensive video gaming setup.
When deciding on your gaming setup, consider what your use case is. If you are a PC gamer who prefers to play sat at a desk using a monitor, mouse and keyboard, you should look for a setup that is comfortable but which won’t compromise the aesthetics of the room. Often, a couch-based gaming setup is the best bet for games rooms where you plan on entertaining. This way, you can incorporate a console for your games, and as a multi-media centre, so you can watch films and game in the same space.
Consider More Analogue Options
A truly great games room will have more than just video games within. If you have a larger area and plan to use it for entertaining guests, consider some of the more analogue games available on the market. For example, if you regularly have friends over, a pool table or a darts board could be excellent choices for your games room. These are fun and social games that can help set the room apart from a standard computer room.
Ultimately, these will help make the space more unique while also making it a more fun place to hang out with guests.
Overall, the perfect games room should be a reflection of your personality. Therefore, you should attempt to incorporate your hobbies and passions into the design language of the space. Additionally, you should incorporate various games and activities into the room, whether nostalgic arcade games or bar games like pool and darts. This will make the space more welcoming and individual, which pays dividends when using it.
Until next time.