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Create a Custom Game Room
by Veronica Smith
Game rooms can be a lot of fun to decorate, especially since you can use any inspiration you choose for the overall theme. Using an overall game theme works well, and what could be more fun than using your favorite childhood games as the basis for your decorating scheme?
Selecting Your Games
When using games as design inspiration, you can either choose to use only one game as the overall theme, go with an era, or just mix and match decorating accessories depending on what games you and your family like.
Or, you could pay homage to the favorite childhood games of each family member, and mix elements of Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Hungry Hungry Hippo, and whatever other games your family chooses.
Locating the Decorating Supplies
Once you've chosen your game or games, the fun can begin. The fact that they are so easy to find is one of the reasons why decorating with games can be so effective. Even if you want to find vintage game boards and pieces, you can usually hunt them down for a good price at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, and online auction sites. Even purchasing new games is usually inexpensive, especially when compared to the price of other home decorating accents.
Carpet remnant scraps in the appropriate colors are great if you plan to piece together a custom area rug depicting an element of the game.
Childhood Game Decorating Ideas
If you are able to purchase the actual childhood games, you can use the board, box, and the pieces in interesting ways throughout the room.
The board and box lid can make great wall art, either mounted directly on the wall or framed.
Depending on the size of the game pieces, these can be used as knick knacks around the room, or you can feature them in a shadowbox frame mounted on the wall.
For example, a room with the multicolored path and designs from Candyland painted around the walls would look great.
Whichever method you choose, you'll find that you and your family will enjoy family game night just a bit more in your newly decorated game room.
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