Do you have a gamer in your home? Perhaps that gamer is you? And perhaps you’ve been looking for some ideas on how to put together the dream gaming setup. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve scoured the net for you and have found 35 modern gaming room ideas that achieve a pleasing fusion of technology and style.
Although many gaming rooms appear to be a sea of neon (which my teenager tells me is actually just what gamers like) and therefore may not ‘fit’ with your home’s overall decorating style, it is possible to set up a gaming space that isn’t a complete eyesore. Especially important if you don’t have a dedicated gaming room, a place to keep all that shiny plastic hidden away in a man cave or your teen’s bedroom, where you can simply close the door on all the fluoro! If your gaming setup is going to be part of your living room, you will want it to be inviting and attractive for all users, not just the resident gamers.
But let’s start with some of the more traditional looks for a gaming room setup, for when it’s all about the RGB (we’re talking all those hyper-coloured, flashing neon gaming elements).
Gaming room lighting
1. Light it up
Game over? Not yet—we’re just getting started! There’s something soothing about these ombre, pastel neon hues that even a non-gamer can appreciate. And I think the desk is clever here, it’s so slimline and yet functional, with plenty of drawer and surface space. But the statement feature here is the unique light-up inset in the flooring. I’m not sure how it’s done, but a clever tradesperson would surely be able to help you with a similar design.
2. Give it a white backdrop
The majority of gaming tech is still black these days, though gaming PCs do often come with glass walls that let you watch it all fire up in RGB when in use. Given the mix of black and neon that’s so prevalent in gaming setups, whitewashing the rest of your gaming room or bedroom is a good way to make everything pop while also keeping things feeling spacious and clean.
3. Make it sociable
Aside from the all important ergonomically-designed gaming chair, and of course your requisite screens and desks, why not turn your gaming room into a more sociable space by installing a comfy couch. This gaming room has enough monitors to satisfy both the gamer and their guests, and the soft blue lighting gives a tranquil glow to a space where things can sometimes get a bit heated (does “my LAG, my LAG!” sound familiar?).
4. Decorate the walls
If your version of video gaming room ideas involves playing an old school computer game like Pacman, but projected on a big screen, you’ll love this wall and ceiling design. Of course, you could copy this concept for whatever your favourite game is, including something more modern. And if you don’t fancy a paint job, you’re sure to find concept wallpaper for a less permanent effect. Adds some comfy bean chairs in a complementary colour, and you’re good to go.
5. Make it immersive
Gamers love a room full of neon light as it makes their gaming experience that much more immersive. Immersion is the psychological phenomenon that occurs when a gamer’s consciousness temporarily expands into a different state, similar to hypnosis or lucid dreaming (now you know why your child finds it so hard to register you screaming ‘DINNER!”).
Anyway, this room should get your energy bill rising thanks to all the light sources—but it’s guaranteed to amplify that immersive experience they crave.
6. Make it pale and interesting
Once again here it’s all about the lighting, with LED light strips under the streamlined desk drawers, and the popular Nanoleaf customisable lighting panels above the monitor. White tech components are a nice alternative to black ones, and suit a more minimalist look like this. This setup could perform dual duty as a home office when needed, too.
7. Show the neon love
For a truly immersive gaming room, multiple monitors can’t be beat. With all the heaviness of so many screens, it’s a good idea to support them on lightweight-looking (but strong) steel frames like these simple black shelves. This one’s for the gamers who love their neon!
8. Light up the shelving
Light features are common to many gaming rooms, and to truly show off the lighting, keeping the rest of the room fairly neutral works well. Here’s a greyscale bedroom with sleek lighting effects that give a futuristic vibe.
9. Mix tech with timber
Love brights but aren’t necessarily after that immersive gaming look? You might prefer to incorporate your tech into a space that’s still colourful but in a more calming setting. This all timber children’s playroom has enough bright colours to be fun, while a yellow strip light gives it just a little buzz. If you’ve got something similar that you want to be put together, get a hand with your cube storage assembly.
Neutral gaming room ideas
10. Make it monochrome
For a more mature gamer, a simple monochrome setup with a beanchair and ottoman looks nice and chill. Here, the chair and ottoman both have storage pockets which is extra handy. A simple entertainment unit suffices to hold the tech while an array of interior plants refreshes the space and stops things feeling too clinical.
11. Add downlights for atmosphere
Many gaming rooms double as a place to display collectibles so having plenty of storage built into the space is important. There’s also lots of room for all the physical paraphernalia of gaming—games, extra controllers and consoles, and so on. Adding downlights in custom shelving is both useful and helps highlight favourite collectibles.
12. Go for grey tones
This gaming space is all kinds of cool, from the pale grey rocking gaming chairs with built in speakers, to the LED wall light and minimalist shelving units. Silver storage baskets under the little table also fit into the colour scheme, which is based around the calming, warm grey wall colour. An animal print rug adds interest to the floor as well.
13. Make it moody
Another greyscale gaming room here, this time with an industrial vibe to it. This setup appears to be contained in a cube-like metal desk, with a painted interior boasting the BE ICONIC sign. This space would also be well suited as a home office for a creative who works in a digital creative field.
14. Add warm accents
Having a neutral grey base for your gaming room means you can play around with just about any accent colour as everything goes with grey. In this gamer’s bedroom, it’s warm yellows and oranges with a touch of blue. I like the angular wall shelving which is lit up by downlights. Have someone help you put together shelves like these.
15. Have loads of storage
Storage is important for gaming rooms because they can so easily fill up with tech clutter. This gaming space uses a combination of types of cabinets and shelves so there’s plenty of room for display and storage. Keeping cords neatly hidden is another must for a well-designed gaming room.
16. Go for warm nature tones
Browns and beiges can be very calming as a base for a gaming room, and adding timber and woven baskets is a nice contrast to the hard metals and plastics that are an inevitable part of gaming.
17. Add graphics to the walls
As mentioned, decorating the walls of your gaming room is one way to add instant personality to what can sometimes look like a generic school computer room. If you don’t want to tie yourself to particular gaming characters, another option is to introduce a graphic pattern with some wallpaper, like this 3D effect one.
18. Be at one with the Force
Diehard Star Wars fans would appreciate this light sabre wall feature and the surrounding tubular light fixture (is it painted on with added LED light strips, do you think?). The trio of monitors look worthy of something on the flight deck of the Millennium Falcon too. A pastel indigo blue wall paint looks the goods too. All up, this is a pretty luxe setup, but perhaps you could draw some inspo from elements of it.
19. Go wireless
This image is probably more of a “don’t” than a “do”, because who wants that crazy mess of cables in their gaming room? Far better to conceal the wires behind cabinets, and choose wireless controllers and devices where you can. If you need help setting up your gaming PCs in the most aesthetically pleasing and practical way, including taking care of how cables work best, find an expert in PC assembly.
20. Matte black
When it comes to small gaming room ideas, if you are working with a limited space a trick is to go for a monochrome colour palette, which will have the effect of streamlining everything and making it appear less cluttered. How about this murdered out gaming setup?!
Minimalist gaming rooms
21. Pick the perfect chair
Just like an office chair, a gaming chair needs to be ergonomically designed for long periods of sitting. Some of the chairs on the market look more like they belong in a spaceship, but even Ikea make gaming chairs so you can indulge a Scandi aesthetic in your gaming room too.
22. Add non-gaming related wall art
Even though this space is designed to be used for gaming, perhaps you prefer a more subtle gaming room setup. In that case, you might like to leave gaming references off the walls and replace them with soothing, completely unrelated wall art. Below, the artwork and plants in macrame hangers create a peaceful ambience for this gaming room.
23. Trim the table
Small gaming room ideas typically involve clever space optimisation as the technology usually takes up a fair bit of space on its own. For example, you can easily save space by having a narrow desk, as a large expanse is not really needed when playing computer games.
24. Add plants and lights
If you would like to take some of the focus away from your electronics, adding cascading plants to an overhead shelf will create a tranquil aesthetic. And lighting doesn’t have to be all about the LED strips—some kind of atmospheric lighting will also help with the ambience, even if it’s just a sprinkling of fairy lights.
25. Style it up
Again, for your more anti-tech gaming station, style it with lush plants and add in rustic timber or even a mid-century style office chair, to give a sense of maturity and elegance. A space like this easily doubles as a home office, too.
26. Keep it natural
This one’s for the younger gamers, for those who are still happy playing educational games on a laptop, or for those who maybe just don’t love a lot of flickering neon all around them. A timber desk and stool keep the gamer more grounded and connected to nature, and the aesthetic works well if the laptop station is intended to blend into a more organic décor style.
Family gaming room ideas
27. Make your living room high-tech
A contemporary living room with lots of modern technology can perform well as a gaming room too, since much of the equipment can be shared between traditional media use and gaming. Big screens can double as gaming monitors and surround sound speaker systems can pump out audio for whatever device or console you wish to use. How comfy does this modular sofa look? It’s perfect for social gaming sessions.
28. Add some alt play options
Give players a chance to get up and stretch their legs with a game of pool or table tennis—combining your computer or video gaming room with traditional family games means the whole family can get together to play, rather than have your X-Box players off playing solo in their rooms. A mix of L-shaped floor chairs and bean bags (don’t forget one for Fido) ensures the space is super comfy.
29. Confine it to one wall
Gaming rooms need storage space, that’s a given. But rather than clutter up all the walls, why not store everything in one floor-to-ceiling cabinet or set of bookshelves? Games, consoles, controllers and other gaming essentials can all be easily retrieved from open shelving, and easily returned. Consider custom shelving to ensure you have the exact configuration for your needs.
30. Keep it neat
Hide all your gaming consoles and equipment in an entertainment unit—you could even conceal your screen in a cabinet for a truly minimal living room gaming setup. At the very least, having it wall-mounted means it will be less obtrusive and take up no floor or furniture space.
Choosing a gaming chair that complements your existing living room furniture will help it blend in, especially if you pick one that could pass for an ordinary armchair when not being used for game playing.
31. Go for industrial chic
A gaming room doesn’t have to look like a “gaming room”. It could also simply be styled in your favourite decorating style, for example if you love a rustic industrial look like this, then decorate with plenty of timber and metal. Add some industrial style light fittings, expose your timber beams, and render a concrete wall. As long as you have the tech you need, and somewhere comfy to sit, it doesn’t have to conform to anyone else’s idea of a gamer setup.
32. Make it a media room
When your living room will also serve as a combined media and gaming room, apart from a large screen you’ll also need to find permanent spots for the gaming consoles and all their peripherals. Here, a surround sound system is built into the wall, while cables and devices are concealed within custom cabinetry. Find an expert to help configure the best arrangement for your home theatre or media room.
33. Set up multiple stations
If you have gamers of different ages, they probably all want to play different games. And if you prefer they don’t play games in their bedrooms, setting up a dedicated gaming zone is the way to go. The solution is to house them all in the same space but with their own, individual gaming stations with their own consoles, screens, headphones and individual sofa chairs.
34. Keep it casual
For a more relaxed living room gaming setup, a pale neutral colour scheme gives everything a fresh, clean backdrop. A backlit screen adds drama to the gaming experience and when there’s no screens on, the room can revert back to being a general, cosy living space. An oversized, super comfy sofa is a must!
35. Have fun with the design
Finally, here’s a unique gaming room design that’s all about wall niches, some recessed and some appearing to protrude from the wall. I’m not actually sure how this space is used in practice, but it certainly elevates the technology within it to gallery-level status.
There’s also just something fun about wall niches—the human niche here seems like a cosy little pod from which to watch the gamers seated on the more conventional seating. What are your thoughts about this kind of design? Let me know in the comments.
So there you have 35 gaming room ideas that span a range of aesthetic styles, from the flashy, high tech gaming suites to the simpler, almost anti-tech tech spaces. Don’t forget, once you’ve got your gaming room setup figured out, you can always find someone to help you with the assembly, whether that’s your desk, chair or perhaps some reimagined office furniture. So which of these gaming room ideas appeal to you the most? Drop me a comment below!