Did you know: the gaming industry is expected to be worth over USD $170 billion worldwide by 2020.
Whether you’re into Fortnite or Mario Kart, a gaming room (otherwise known as game room, recreation room, or entertainment room) isn’t just “nice” to have – it’s a must-have, especially for hardcore gamers.
Below are some ways to make your gaming room fun:
1. Add Some Accent Lighting
No gaming setup is complete without lighting. Lighting is a crucial element in creating an immersive gaming experience: good lighting puts a person in the mood for an intense gaming session.
Depending on the size and style of your gaming room, some types of accent lighting you could consider are: LED strips, light bars, and task lights.
Do note that it is tricky to get the amount of light correct for game rooms: while bright lighting is not advised, you’ll want to make sure that there’s enough ambient light so you can focus on what’s happening on the screen.
Two ways to achieve this: attach a smart LED strip at the back of your PC; alternatively, place programmable LED light bars either next to the monitor or on the floor.
Apart from experimenting with different types of lighting, it is also worth playing with lighting of various colors. When it comes to gaming, RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is likely the most common variation of lighting used.
While this combination makes for a unique atmosphere, it might not fit in with your ideal gaming room aesthetic. Again, feel free to experiment with different colors until you find something you’re satisfied with.
2. Incorporate A Little Bit Of Art
A splash of artwork is perfect for adding pizzazz to rooms: put up posters of your favorite games.
Alternatively, decorate the area with beloved limited edition merchandise or even display gaming trophies/awards if you have any.
Have as many or as few art pieces you want: bottom line is, you can never go wrong with art.
3. Go With A Theme
From Star Wars to Avengers and everything in-between, choosing and sticking to a certain theme is a sure-fire way to make things interesting.
Flaunt your love for a certain manga/anime/tv/movie series with a themed gaming room.
For instance, if you’re a crazy Star Wars fan, you might use a mostly monochromatic gaming setup (sans the occasional bits of blue).
You might also have Star Wars drawings on your walls, and – as a final touch – a couple of lightsabers, for a unique lighting effect.
4. Show It On Your Walls
Bring your favorite characters to life (and enter a different dimension) by painting your walls with your favorite game/character etc.
Depending on how your house was designed, stairs, doors and various interior structures can serve as the perfect canvas for creativity to be unleashed.
For example, you could have a couple of turtles from Mario descending a flight of stairs; or how about a wall comprised entirely of LED-lit Pacman?
And for those who are lazy and/or short on time, there’s always the option of wall decals to turn to – apart from being quick to stick on, these can also be removed, any time you change your mind. Perfecta.
5. Use Complementary Colors
Big, bright and beautiful: think the house of the Simpsons, with its pink walls and mustard yellow couch.
Don’t be afraid to use bright colors for fear of overwhelming your gaming room. On the contrary, these are needed as they lend the room a burst of much-needed energy.
The trick is to pair boldly-colored items with ones of muted color – for instance, bold red-and-white checkered sofa go well with a beige carpet.
Apart from enlivening a space, colors can create the illusion of extra space, too. To give the impression of a higher ceiling (and a bigger, airier space), use light to mid-tones as opposed to dark colors.
6. Spice It Up With Exotic Textures And Hues
Faux zebra rugs, nets dangling from the ceiling, vintage leather sofas… although frequently overlooked, texture is the key ingredient when it comes to making interior spaces pop.
In interior design, 5 aspects work together to make a space appealing: color, shape, pattern, line and texture. Texture, in particular, has the ability to affect the weight and tone of your gaming room.
For more modern/futuristic designs, use materials such as granite and glass. If you’re opting for a more vintage feel, however, rough and natural textures (e.g. grunge concrete) might fit better into the overall aesthetic.
Our suggestion is to employ a systematic approach when it comes to incorporating texture: start from the floor. Then, slowly but surely weave bits of texture into decor, furniture, walls, and last but not least the ceiling.
7. Choose To Project For Maximum Effects
As brilliant as your PC screen is, sometimes it just isn’t quite large enough (4k-resolution purists can attest to this). If you have some cash to spare, opt to magnify your screen using a projector.
One benefit of having a screen projector is that it allows you to customize the range and size of the screen, any time you want. The magnified screen also allows you to bask in the glory of games like Grand Theft Auto V and Tomb Raider.
8. Enjoy The Arcade From Home
Yes – by arcade, I’m referring to actual arcade and pinball machines (Stranger Things flashbacks, anyone?)
If you’re constantly yearning for a go at one of those, consider buying one for your personal use.
As costly as they are (between USD $2,500 to $10, 000 per machine), there’s arguably no better way to relive those good ol’ times spent with your friends after school.
Apart from being lots of fun, these machines can really brighten up your room with their neon shades and flashing lights.
Since gaming rooms can be considered an extension of one’s personality (and favorite games), dress yours up the best that you can.
Never mind if it’s loud, and no worries about it being “over the top” – the most important thing is that you like it.