If you had a spare room in the 1980s, leisure was the name of the game! In fact, many McMansions had an upstairs “family room” at the center of the layout, and these spaces were perfect for pulling game room duty. But the game rooms featured in today’s post put style above kid-friendly function. A pool table was a must. Murals, gilded animal statues and built-in bars were the icing on the cake! [photos above and below from The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt]
Another game room essential: plush seating. Sometimes it involved ruched fabric. And sometimes it involved so many overlapping pillows that people could barely fit on the couch. Bonus points if the pillows were in ’80s-fabulous colors like teal, black and rusty mauve.
There are no words for the game room above! That’s because it features “The Rainbow”, a custom-designed pool table from Designs for Leisure, Ltd. Is that a brass inlay? I think so!!! And what game room would be complete without a wall sconce and mirrored columns?! [featured in International Collection of Interior Design]
If you recognized Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Tom Selleck, then you’ve probably (correctly) guessed that the game room above appeared in the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby. See Mirror80’s full style summary of the movie here. But back to the room at hand, note the ’80s Deco touches on the walls, as well as that fabulous arched walkway leading up to the entrance. So sleek!
Last but not least, while our final featured “game room” doesn’t include a pool table, there is a large table with lots of round fruit strewn about. And a big built-in bar, complete with plenty of bulb lighting and plush stools. Let’s not forget the room’s neon beams and ample carpeting. There are no words! [from Time Life Books’ Special Purpose Rooms, via Supreme Interiors and AnOther Mag]
Now before you get back to work, check out the leisurely spaces above one more time. Who’s up for a game of pool?!
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