Thursday, June 16, 2011

Entertainment Room Decorating Tips

Decorate with kids in mind by including baskets for toys.
Entertainment rooms offer a space for friends and family to relax and spend time together. Encourage active playtime with analog games like ping-pong, and keep a bookshelf full of board games for quality family time. Whatever your interests, create "centers," or areas in the room with a focus, like the television center and the board game center, which works especially well for large entertainment rooms by encouraging guests to congregate and interact.

Media Center
At the heart of every entertainment room is the television and sound system. Make your media the center of attention by housing your television in a cabinet or on a television stand. Surround the television with your DVD collection. Install speakers on the walls on either side of your television for surround sound in your own home. If you have the budget for some high-quality speakers, mount them up off the floor.

Wall Decor
Decorate the walls of your entertainment room with framed posters of your favorite actors, movies, bands or sports players. Surround the frames with Christmas lights for an inexpensive display, or purchase movie theater-style marquis frames with built-in lights. Hang illuminated signs for your favorite beer or soda. If you put up a wall-mounted dart board, give it a backboard to prevent wall damage.

Include plenty of comfortable seats for guests. Plush recliners and couches work well around the television while stools provide portable spectator seating around ping-pong or pool tables. The entertainment room can double as a guest room with a pull-out sofa or futon. Use a tall table with stools for a bar, and include a mini-fridge so you don't have to make any extra trips to the kitchen.

While decorating can get pricey, all you need to do to turn your entertainment room into a full-fledged game room is add a pool table, ping-pong table, Foosball table or air hockey table. If you have the budget, impress your friends with a vintage arcade game. Dart boards offer a less expensive game/entertainment room option.

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