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The big game is this weekend, and as usual everyone at Highland is excited to watch with family and friends. Who doesn’t love entertaining guests, especially when you have a beautiful game room or media room to welcome them? We’re fortunate in Texas, where game and media rooms have become increasingly popular in new homes. These areas are perfect for movie nights with the family, friendly games of pool, rowdy birthday bashes—and everything in between.

Of course, like any other area of the home, game and media rooms have their own evolving style. Before settling in to watch on Sunday, let’s take a look at some of this year’s biggest trends in game and media rooms:

Location, Location, Location

Many Texas homes have second-floor game and media rooms, which creates a fun secondary entertaining area that’s separate from the living room and kitchen. But today, there is a growing trend toward first-floor game and media rooms, for several reasons.

First, if a second-floor entertainment area is located above a bedroom, you or your guests could quickly grow to resent all the fun (and noise) going on above your heads. And while many game and media rooms include a nearby bar area, running downstairs for things like popcorn and trays of appetizers can hamper the party.

That’s why many homeowners like the idea of a game or media room tucked away on the first floor. You and your guests can have your fun while still being close to the heart of the home.

Smarter Seating

In many homes’ media rooms, a huge screen and theater-style seating are both must-haves. But there is also a lot to be said about more functional seating, such as a large sectional sofa, or occasional chairs and a chaise lounge.

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Highland Home model in Artesia, Prosper, Texas, Plan 557

Many homeowners are now gravitating toward a media room design that includes moveable furniture comfortable for any number of people. By opting for a flat-screen TV, they also make the room functional for video games, movie nights, everyday use and more.

Beyond the Pool Table

Typically a home’s game room is centered around a pool table. But what if your family isn’t into billiards? No worries; there’s so much more to do with a game room. Consider opting for a poker table or creating a pub-like conversation spot. Add a foosball or ping pong table, and hang a flat-screen TV, and you’ve created a fun, multi-purpose entertainment area that has a little something for everyone.

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Windsong Ranch model home in Prosper, Texas, Plan 543

Media rooms are also perfect for game nights. Gather friends and family for a night of competitive Wii Sports, or challenge your guests to your favorite game show video game. Here’s where functional furniture also comes in handy. You could even gather around the coffee table for a board game or puzzle and leave the TV off altogether.

 

Expressive Décor

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Laurel Glen model home in Spring, Texas, Plan 207

Unlike a formal dining room or office, a game or media room is meant to be relaxed and fun. This is an opportunity to showcase your unique style. We love when homeowners get creative with paint colors or even add some accent stripes to their entertaining areas. Splash on some of your favorite hues, and add posters, books, art or decorative items from your hobbies or travels. You might be amazed at how a little creativity can spark a lot of conversation!

Looking for more ideas for your game or media room—and the rest of your home? Follow Highland Homes on Pinterest!