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Family and Games Room Ideas and Designs

If you’re lucky enough to have more than one reception room then you have a bit more freedom when deciding what to do with your secondary space. Families with children or just young-at-heart adults could opt for a family room or games room; whether it’s a pool or snooker table room, a comfy relaxation or TV area, a video games haven, a playroom packed with toys or a sports room with accompanying bar. Usually games rooms are naturally fun, recreational spaces so it’s important that the furnishings are functional but enjoyable with an emphasis on comfort, storage, games and entertainment. If you have the scope, family room extensions are a great way of extending from your kitchen or other area of your house to create a whole new, dedicated family space or games room. Basements are also wonderfully suited to house games rooms as they are usually soundproof and secluded so that loud games, films and cheers of success or failure won’t be heard next door or upstairs. If you do have, or plan on having, a separate games room, it’s a great opportunity to go to town on the games, entertainment, gadgets and laid back feel you can have in this informal living space. Look through the hundreds of family room ideas and games room ideas on Houzz to help inspire your own project.

What furniture does my family room or games room need?


This should be a relaxing place that promotes fun and socialisation, so fill the room with comfortable seating. Plush armchairs, wide sofas, bean bags and reclining chairs are all great games room ideas that promote R&R. Add coffee tables and side tables for holding glasses and plates (if they’re allowed), books, magazines and all the other knick-knacks that accumulate in a family room. TV stands or media units are great for keeping DVDs, audio systems, gaming consoles and all other gadgetry neat and organised. If you have small children, be mindful of free floor space for any rough-and-tumble and bump-able surfaces. A cosy rug will be a great addition but make sure it doesn’t easily slip under fast moving feet! If you’re going all out for the games room option then the sky’s your limit when it comes to games tables and other gaming equipment. Snooker, billiards and pool tables will keep competitive spirits busy but if you don’t have the room, table football could be a more suitable option. There’s also air hockey, poker tables, table tennis and cribbage tables; simply pick your game of choice. And of course, if you’re a big fan of the arrows a dart board will be a necessity, just make sure you have a safe area to practise in and your walls are well protected!

What family and games room decor should I use?


Photographs, artwork, colour schemes and textures that reflect the essence of your household will add charm and promote a sense of comfort and relaxation for your family. Fill the room with features your family love – films, board games, books, music and perhaps sports memorabilia. Keep decor functional and practical – pristine white upholstery and rugs are probably not the ticket for the hustle and bustle of a games or family room. If you love light or neutral tones family room ideas that could work include light leather sofas, which will be easy to clean in the case of any spills, and soft coloured cushions and throws that can be thrown in the washing machine whenever necessary. If you see your games room as a serious and competitive arena, set the mood with dark and grown up colours such as inky blues and deep greens, as well as lots of mood lighting. If you want the fun and games to stay lighthearted then you can keep your games room bright, colourful and punchy.

How do I create a family or games room space in a small house?


If you don’t have more than one reception room then it may seem out of reach to think about a games or family room design. However, if you have a large kitchen, consider an open plan kitchen family room – just adding a sofa or some comfy chairs and a space to read, watch TV or simply sip your coffee in the morning, will turn your kitchen into a cosy, relaxing family room that’s, most importantly, within easy reach of the fridge and food cupboards. Without a large kitchen or second reception room then it will be up to your living room to provide you with your games room or family space, and this is where storage will be your new best friend. Clever games room ideas such as hidden drawers in sofas; coffee tables and benches that store games, toys and DVDs; and clever media centres that hide away your TV, DVD players, consoles and Hi-Fi systems; can help make the room become more formal on separate occasions.

Take a look through the photos on Houzz to get some great games room and family room ideas and inspiration. You may find the family or games room design you’ve been looking for and you can contact the professional that designed it to see if they can create something similar for you.
Photo of a contemporary family and games room in London with white walls, a freestanding tv and grey floors.

Petko Slavov Photography
Photo of a contemporary family and games room in London with white walls, a freestanding tv and grey floors.
Calming overall tones with sold bold patterns and contrasting colours. - charles_gibbons44

Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary open plan family and games room in London with grey walls, concrete flooring, a wall mounted tv and grey floors.

Peter Landers Photography
Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary open plan family and games room in London with grey walls, concrete flooring, a wall mounted tv and grey floors.
Track lighting & long wall shelf - sienne_veit

Design ideas for a medium sized nautical enclosed family and games room in Cornwall with white walls, a wall mounted tv and grey floors.

Unique Home Stays
Design ideas for a medium sized nautical enclosed family and games room in Cornwall with white walls, a wall mounted tv and grey floors.
The coffee table is nice - igor_simonov

This is an example of a farmhouse family and games room in Gloucestershire with beige walls.

Adam Carter
This is an example of a farmhouse family and games room in Gloucestershire with beige walls.
Symmetry and the design of the shelving brings the ceiling height down to create a more intimate space - kellie8497

Design ideas for a medium sized scandi enclosed family and games room in London with white walls and light hardwood flooring.

A loft conversion in the Holland Park conservation area in west London, adding 55 sq.m. (592 sq. ft.) of mansard roof space, including two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a Living Room, to an existing flat. The structural timber roof was exposed and treated with limewash. The floor was ash. Projector and screen are concealed in the architecture. Photo: Minh Van
Beautiful! So much room for books! - ctaylorrun26two

Design ideas for a contemporary family and games room in Dorset with beige walls, a ribbon fireplace and a wall mounted tv.

Design ideas for a contemporary family and games room in Dorset with beige walls, a ribbon fireplace and a wall mounted tv.
TV and fireplace - shashi_mali

Photo of a country enclosed family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls and beige floors.

Photo of a country enclosed family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls and beige floors.
Wood, Space, Simple, Light, Window - evan_draper96

Design ideas for a traditional open plan family and games room in London with a music area, white walls, medium hardwood flooring and a wall mounted tv.

Photo Credit: Andy Beasley
Design ideas for a traditional open plan family and games room in London with a music area, white walls, medium hardwood flooring and a wall mounted tv.
colours and TV on chimney breast - shashi_mali

Design ideas for a traditional family and games room in Surrey.

Design ideas for a traditional family and games room in Surrey.
Window seat ottoman tidy away store - webuser_375848767

Bohemian family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls, medium hardwood flooring and no fireplace.

Simon Maxwell
Bohemian family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls, medium hardwood flooring and no fireplace.

Design ideas for a bohemian family and games room in London.

Design ideas for a bohemian family and games room in London.
The painting - jola57auh

Photo of a classic family and games room in London with a reading nook and light hardwood flooring.

Photo of a classic family and games room in London with a reading nook and light hardwood flooring.
Ladder with rail - need it telescopic probably to go beyond sofa underneath - jennifer_cavalot

Design ideas for an eclectic family and games room in London with grey walls, painted wood flooring, a wood burning stove, white floors and a freestanding tv.

Tamas Toth
Design ideas for an eclectic family and games room in London with grey walls, painted wood flooring, a wood burning stove, white floors and a freestanding tv.

Inspiration for a contemporary family and games room in London with a game room and multi-coloured walls.

Inspiration for a contemporary family and games room in London with a game room and multi-coloured walls.
Aquariums looks good with snooker/pool/billiards table - saksham_thapar

Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary family and games room in Belfast with white walls, no fireplace and a wall mounted tv.

Parkes Interiors
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary family and games room in Belfast with white walls, no fireplace and a wall mounted tv.
instead of floor to ceiling. but kind of needs the cabinet underneath otherwise no point. BUT could do different textured on the accent wall instead of just paint - hemang2

Design ideas for a traditional family and games room in London with grey walls.

Photos Valerie Bernardini
Design ideas for a traditional family and games room in London with grey walls.
Great highlight with grey neutral - annatrafford

Photo of a large contemporary open plan family and games room in London with a wall mounted tv, grey walls, light hardwood flooring and no fireplace.

Photo of a large contemporary open plan family and games room in London with a wall mounted tv, grey walls, light hardwood flooring and no fireplace.

Inspiration for a contemporary open plan family and games room in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and a freestanding tv.

Agness Clark (www.agness.co.uk)
Inspiration for a contemporary open plan family and games room in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and a freestanding tv.
I just love the lay out of this room. - meglomas2004

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