Having a game room where you can just relax, have fun, and play can be one of the most rewarding things you can do for you and for your family. This recreation zone is a great place to entertain friends and family at any time at all. Although there are a million things to put in here, there are certain elements to consider to guarantee utmost comfort and functionality. Of course, let us not forget the element of style! Here are a few tips and insights from designers through Mansion Global when it comes to designing an upscale game room.
The first thing to think about is to know your audience.
Italy-based designer Patricia Urquiola says that the layout of the game room can be divided into different areas that cater to two different age levels. One area can have games for a young audience, while another can be designed for adults. Having this in mind allows the game room to have custom furniture, materials and textures that appeal to two different groups. This makes the experience even more meaningful and relevant. Seeing these elements com into play can surely boost creativity and activity.
Plan out and define the space.
“It’s fundamental to have a space that is well organized. There needs to be a home for each and every game, whether you’re using a cabinet or open bookcase, so that it’s easily accessible. People should be able to dive right in and enjoy themselves,” says Phillip Thomas, the founder and principal of Phillip Thomas, Inc. He further says to keep the décor with the feel of the rest of the home because by principle, all rooms should still like they belong to the space. When it comes to furniture, have a game table that provides flexibility. You can have various kinds of tabletops, a comfortable lounge chair and a coffee table. Other interesting things to have in the game room is a pool table, an old-school arcade game, some air hockey or foosball games. Be particular with lighting as well.
Be keen with details.
It is important to streamline the whole space. You want everything to be seamless and paying attention to details does that. Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International in New York says that “visible wiring and equipment is one of the quickest ways to make the space feel cluttered. Integrate any speaker systems and hide wiring to give the room a more tailored look.” He also says that since sound does travel, it is good to have pieces of furniture with soft fabric to absorb sound. Of course, having a focal point, whether it is a flat-screen television or a gaming table, “centers the design of the room itself.”