Ask any great sports fan and they’ll tell you that the four seasons of the year are really football season, baseball season, basketball season, and hockey season. (Those other weather-related seasons are irrelevant.)
I was lucky enough to have lived in Chicago during the Michael Jordan reign of basketball, and I was even luckier to have attended two Bulls games. If you’ve never felt the thrill of watching a championship team soar above the competition, I can tell you it’s like sky diving in reverse; your feet are on the ground but your heart is rocketing toward the sun.
With today’s high-tech digital TV and surround sound, you can create the feeling of watching live events right in your own home. Our KB Home stylists have done an amazing job turning lofts, basements, and even great rooms into the best viewing spaces in town. So whether you’re an avid sports fan – or you live with one – you can take inspiration from the following 11 designs to create your own sports haven.
If your home’s floor plan includes a loft, count yourself lucky; you’ve got the perfect space for a dedicated game room. Here are some creative decorating ideas from the stylists at KB Home.
1. A high table with bar stools, cityscape artwork on the walls, and lots of space for lounging make this game room feel like your favorite neighborhood hangout. Find this loft at the Villas at Sycamore Farms in Surprise, AZ (near Phoenix).
2. If you’ve got a taste for fun, you’ll love this Coca Cola themed game room, as styled at the Williams Ranch Preserve community in Richmond, TX (near Houston).
3. It’s not whether you win or lose that matters … but you’d still like to keep score. This loft at the Hollister Commons community in Houston, TX features a chalkboard where you can tally results, comfy chairs where you can sit back and watch Sunday football, and a ping pong table for the all-important Family Championship.
4.There’s no generation gap with this room; it’s both modern and retro with its high-tech embellishments and space-age 60’s orange and white décor. You can find this floor plan at Buttercup Villas in Cedar Park in Austin, TX
5. If you’re going for a laid-back vibe, then this plush sofa and comfy chairs will give you the best view in the house. This game room was styled at the Retreat at Willow Creek in San Marcos, TX (near Austin).
6. Need a room that can multi-task? If you don’t have the space to devote an entire room to a media center, here is living proof that your TV and computer desk can happily cohabitate. This loft is from the Creekstone community in Orlando, FL.
Starting at the Ground Floor
A finished basement is a game enthusiast’s dream. Here are a few ways you can put all that space to good use:
7. Switch up the height of your tables and you’ve got the ideal spots for card games or sharing drinks. Plus, a separate viewing area keeps everyone entertained. This floor plan is featured in the Estates at Ponderosa Ridge community in Aurora, CO (near Denver).
8. At the Siena community in Castle Rock, CO (near Denver), you’ll find this finished basement rec room with a pool table, wet bar and lounging area. Your neighborhood sports bar will be jealous!
9. This basement game room at the Stapleton Wildflower Collection in Denver, CO, offers lots of comfy seating. The eclectic artwork and coordinated touches of blue elevate this space far above a standard rec room.
A Great Game Room
No dedicated room? No problem. Even a portion of your great room can sub as a great game room. And a dedicated family room is the perfect place to gather on game day.
10. You’ll find plenty of room to cheer in an open concept floor plan with a spacious great room, like this one at the Presidio Porvenir at Rancho Sahuarita community in Sahuarita, AZ (near Tucson). Plus, the outdoor patio further extends your living space.
11. This bright and airy family room at the Siena community in Round Rock, TX (near Austin) has all the space you’d need for a playoff party.
Which of these room designs would you like to recreate in your own home? Does your family have a go-to game to play, or a favorite sport to watch together? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
For more game room options, please view the KB Home floor plan selections available in a community near you at kbhome.com.
A.J. Bowker is a contributing writer to From House to Home. She has lived on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and is now settled in Southern California. One thing she has learned from living in various parts of the country: home is a state of mind.