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Bring the fun and games to your attic

By John Kirchner September 26, 2012

The attic hasn’t traditionally inspired images of a playful space to entertain guests. But when done correctly, the attic can provide a perfect space for a game room.

Check out the photo above from Dewson Construction Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Billiards, air hockey, shuffleboard, darts, putting green and even a bar. These homeowners have made their attic the life of the party. Given the right attic, you can do the same. Here’s some tips from Shawn Ghautier at Houzz:

  • Create a focal point with a feature wall. “Game rooms usually have a lot of action, so it’s nice to develop a visual focal point so the eye isn’t jumping everywhere.”
  • Expand light by opening the stairway. “Short on enough light to play your games? Consider borrowing from the floor below.”
  • Simplify your color scheme. “Try to limit your room’s palette to no more than three colors for the entire space.”
  • Forgo hardwood floors. “Install wall-to-wall carpet for an extra-cozy space.”
  • Don’t feel like it needs to be fancy. “Game rooms in general are casual spaces for play and fun. As long as you’ve deemed the attic up to code as a living area, you can keep expenses down by furnishing it simply with your favorite game tables. Add some basic seating and let the games begin!”