Moving On to the Game Room

Feb 8, 2013

Now, that my master bedroom is done (minus a few minor details) it's time to move on to the next project! The boys playroom game room needs a serious makeover. I've asked the kids what they would like to see in the room and I got two answers from them, a Houston Texans or an Xbox theme. That's not exactly what I had in mind since this is the room you first enter from the stairs. I'd like to blend it in with the rest of the house, but I still want to make them happy. I know my oldest two aren't thrilled with the transportation theme going on.

Here's a picture of how it looks now. We've since installed new dark laminate floors, which are pretty but it makes the room look a lot darker than before. I know that photo frame is hung really high. I planned on doing a collage around it. Ha! That never happened!

The Ikea Klippan couch is going to stay, but I may get a new cover for it. During my four hour Ikea shopping bonanza last weekend I took a look at the different options for covers-white, natural, turquoise, red, black, banana yellow, and a crazy psychedelic print. The only color I'm really drawn to is the turquoise, but I don't think the boys would be too thrilled. I did happen to stumble on this website,, that offers custom Ikea slipcovers. That opened up quite a few possibilities.

We also have an Ikea Expedit that's used as a tv console across from the couch. It's not pictured here. It's a brown-black color, but it could easily be painted.

So, this is my plan so far.

Paint the walls
New Baseboards
New Window and Door Casings

What I might need:

New Slipcover
Paint the TV Console
New Fan (No Chandelier since we're in TX!)

At least there isn't much to buy! I just need to decide on a theme/color scheme. Here are some inspiration pictures I've been pinning away lately.

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Maybe some stripes on the wall?

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Or woodwork if I'm feeling really adventurous...

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What I really want!

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This is one design my older son and I agreed on. I don't see this happening!

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The boys dream room, an Xbox Studio.

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I don't think the game room will be as exciting as most of these, but they're fun to look at and pick up ideas!


  1. I think stripes on the wall will make a huge impact! Fun to do, too! I did some in my foyer and they changed the whole look of the space. Good luck!

    1. Everyone I talk to seems to love the idea of stripes on the wall, too. I may have to go that route. I've seen them in foyers and it's a great look. I bet yours looks fabulous!

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