Music for the eyes
Play is social, and it feeds us deep in the soul. (Ever tried playing tennis by yourself? Eeeesh.) Rec rooms and game rooms are social centers that enliven us and rinse off the sticky problems of the work day. Nothing brings people together better than music, so make sure it's a big part of your game room.
The life of the party
Whether it's Super Mario Bros. or Parcheesi, games bring people together, just like music does. Nobody gathers around the ol' iPod. But watch them step up to a vintage jukebox just to pet it, bask in its glow, and push its pearly buttons.
Start with a bright, beautiful, vintage jukebox, smack in the middle of the fun. Watch it sparkle off the billiard balls and light up everyone's eyes. Today's vintage jukeboxes play anyone's music, from CD to MP3 to Internet-connected downloads. Nobody gets left out, and that should be the mantra of all game rooms.
Next, go for reflective surfaces. Chrome, mirrors, and glossy paints all reflect energy, and energy is what you're after in a game room. They also reflect sound, raising the life of the party. A room full of carpet is as fun as a casket.
Light it up
Lights, lights, lights. Jukeboxes bring unmatched showmanship, with genuine neon tubes and color-shifting LED Eternity lighting. If you have a pool table, choose a table light whose colors are primary and vibrant, to match your other toys. It's easy to find a complete line of light-up wall decorations, ranging from sports teams to beverage logos. Surround yourself with your favorites. Turn them all on, bask in the glowing energy. The ceiling light? Leave that off.
As for the rest of the room, choose decorations that reflect your interests. Both overtly and subconsciously, they'll lift your spirits and tell your story. Display shiny, energetic things like trophies. Avoid breakable things. Nothing spoils reaching a higher skill level on Halo like spazzing into that Tiffany chandelier.
Let the games - and music - begin
In the end, decorating a game room is all about having fun. Leave the high fashion for the outside world, and surround yourself with playfulness and good music. Get yourself a vintage jukebox, and let the games begin.