August 12, 2014
Whether you call it a media room, den or man cave, many homes have a room these days that's centered on gaming and sports. But that's no reason why high-quality decor can't be introduced, starting with durable floors from Anderson's Lone Star Hardwood collection. As the name implies, this hardwood flooring has rustic beauty with the sturdiness of engineered planks that fits well into a high-energy room.
While game-loving people of both genders are certainly welcomed into such spaces, the home design found there typically employs darker colors and traditionally masculine patterns - plaids, stripes and those with a sports theme, according to HGTV. Comfort is a priority since much of the activity amid the cheers and moans - depending on who's winning - is spent sitting. Sectional sofas are ideal in media rooms because they can be divided or kept together, according to space or gaming needs.
When using wood furnishings, angular, Mission-style furniture has a classic look that goes well with rich colors and wood floors. There should be some compact tables between seating or a coffee table for setting down snacks, remotes and electronic accessories. Choose pieces that are easily moved to provide more open space when needed for activities.
Outfitting the game room
Don't overlook non-electronic games. If there's room for a card or billiards table, include it. The bulk of the activities may focus on electronics and the large-screen TV, but a game of pool is a good excuse to stand up and stretch one's legs. Having a table and chairs also adds to the multifunctional nature of the room.
As shown in a game room featured on Houzz, a media center isn't necessary as long as there's ample storage in bookcases or other shelving units along a wall and out of the way of activities.
When it comes to accessories, let the interests of the room's participants dictate how to decorate the space. Movie and sports posters, a place for trophies and superhero memorabilia reflect the typical man cave atmosphere. Aim for a theme and set some limits to avoid an over-the-top mix of unrelated items.
A snack center is important to the enjoyment of a game room, because no one wants to leave when the score is about to be tied. A mini-fridge and movable bar will do in a small space, but you can add a popcorn machine, counter seating or a small kitchen area, depending on the amount of space and budget that's available.