There’s no denying that retro or vintage home interior styles have made a comeback in recent years. Some companies, such as those that produce wallpaper, are already offering retro prints and patterns in their product ranges. You’re most probably reading this blog post today because you’d like to create a gaming room in your home. But, you want to do so with a retro feel to it. As you can imagine, you’ve got almost limitless choices for styles and designs.
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With that in mind, what should you do? The following are some inspirational ideas to help you create the perfect retro game room in your abode:
Find the Perfect Space
The first step is to choose a space in your home that would be perfect for your retro game room. For many people, that involves converting one of the bedrooms. But, what if you haven’t got any unused bedrooms? Another idea is to utilise the space in your loft. A dormer loft conversion can provide the perfect blank canvas for your new retro game room. Plus, it means you don’t have to spend money on an extension, for example.
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Get the Room Soundproofed
The next step in your quest should be to look into soundproofing. Let’s face it: you’re unlikely to play any arcade or table-based games quietly with your family and friends. If you live in a semi-detached or terraced house, you’ll need to consider noise levels. What you don’t want to do is annoy your neighbours every time you want to spend some time playing Streetfighter games on your vintage games console! That’s why it makes sense to get your dedicated retro games room soundproofed. There are many ways that you can soundproof your new retro games room. For example, you can use acoustic foam or panels on the walls and ceilings and sound-absorbing rugs on the floor.
Opt for Vintage Colour Schemes
Shades of brown, orange, red, and blue featured heavily in home interiors from the 1970s. Of course, there’s a whole choice of vintage colour schemes that you can consider for your new gaming room. It makes sense first to consider which era or period you’re trying to emulate when styling your retro gaming room. Once you decide on that, you can then select paint colours that match your desired style.
Vintage wallpaper is also another option, and you’ve got several choices there too. As mentioned, some wallpapers feature retro-inspired designs on them, such as these examples from Go Wallpaper. You could also look online at places like Facebook Marketplace and eBay to buy rolls of unused retro wallpaper. Finally, companies like Contrado let you get custom wallpapers printed out if you supply some retro-inspired designs to them. It’s worth setting up an account on Pinterest and ‘pinning’ inspirational colour scheme ideas to create an online mood board of sorts.
Get Some Retro-Inspired Carpet Fitted
If you’re planning on sticking with floorboards or any other form of wooden flooring, you can probably ignore this section. However, if you’re planning to keep your floor carpeted, consider opting for a carpet that matches your vintage colour scheme. It’s also possible to get new carpets fitted that sport retro repeating patterns on them. But, you may find that it adds too much visual ‘noise’ to your new retro game room. Bear in mind that the carpet adds an extra layer of soundproofing to the room.
What’s your favourite retro game that you would love to play again?
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