Game Room Comeback

“Call it a comeback: while almost all aspects of our lives rely on technology, the board game is experiencing a renaissance,’’ according to researcher Zachary Hortan at the University of Pittsburgh.

“The interest in board games is a retaliation against the ubiquity of digital media. People are looking for more engaged and social activities as they become more isolated by technology,” said Horton in a university publication more than a year ago. “People crave that social connection—which makes this genre completely different than video games.”

That was before the home-boundness caused by Covid. 

If your family is playing more board games or doing more puzzles and are thinking of transforming a space into a game room, here are a few tips.

Energize with color: Think outside the traditional basement game room by transforming the space with vibrant colors. Bright colors can make a room seem sunny when there are few windows. 

basement game room

Think multiple functions. Sports are often a family affair watching a great variety of televised or streamed games. If it is a large room, you could also have a table tennis space that can duplicate as a board-game venue. Since beverages and snacks are usually a feature of such gatherings, remember to use performance fabrics to deal with those spills. 

home theater

This spacious game room is fully equipped for fun with a variety of game tables and a TV-viewing area. A large wall calls for oversized artwork. This wall mural was framed and hung as artwork. The rest of the room was painted a coordinating cream color.

basement game room with artwork

A theater option: For some, a home theater is the preferred gathering place.  Bar consoles are a great addition to movie rooms. It provides a place to sit and eat while others can lounge in comfy upholstered furniture. Note the retro popcorn maker in the front of the room.

home theater with seating

Typically bonus rooms are a blank canvas.

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