Help support TMP

"What color for a game room?" Topic

33 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Wargaming in General Message Board

Areas of Interest


Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Profile Article

The Training of an Assistant Editor

How a two-year search for an Assistant Editor finally ended.

656 hits since 1 Jul 2020
©1994-2020 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 7:30 a.m. PST

So you have a game room and need to paint it…
Have you ever thought about what color(s) you'd paint it up in?
I'm working that idea right now.
Looking at ideas that have a nice "semi-military" style of color, and looks good but doesn't absorb and suck up the light, like a dark OD green would.

Currently my idea is Sherwin-Williams Clary Sage with Dover-White Trim.

What are your ideas?

mad monkey 101 Jul 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

A light beige, almost white, with dark stained wood trim. It won't blind you with reflected light and at the same time won't absorb all your light.The wood trim would be much more refined, especially if wainscoting is added. Give you that Gentlemen's Club look.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 7:47 a.m. PST

Mad Monkey…when you say "Gentlemens club look", well….I think you might want to clarify that…lol…

Dexter Ward01 Jul 2020 7:53 a.m. PST

In my case, green (used to be blue with gold stars)

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 7:59 a.m. PST

Panzer grey

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 8:04 a.m. PST

Wackmole…no..need a light color not to suck up the light. Panzer grey does that unfortunately….

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 8:23 a.m. PST

White or off-white.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 8:36 a.m. PST

Yes, white or off white. If your going to hang stuff on the walls, they will stand out much better and the color would be in those things that you hang, be they pictures, flags, or weapons, etc.

Forager01 Jul 2020 8:48 a.m. PST

The Clary Sage/White combo looks nice, I think. Go with that.


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 8:56 a.m. PST

Off white – close to ecru or egg shell to set off art

Dagwood01 Jul 2020 9:16 a.m. PST

Whatever colour your wife wants …

rustymusket01 Jul 2020 9:52 a.m. PST

In my case, dark wood paneling from the 1960's (I think). Not would I choose, if I had the money to change it.

Stryderg01 Jul 2020 10:41 a.m. PST

If you want a more military look:

1980's BDU camo, with less black and brown, and more light green and tan.

BillyNM01 Jul 2020 11:01 a.m. PST

Why not go for a pale sky blue so that it will look like the sky as backdrop in any photos as well as making it light and airy.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 11:22 a.m. PST

British racing green.

saltflats192901 Jul 2020 11:40 a.m. PST

Mine is a warm yellow/tan over white wainscoting. And yes, it's the color the wife wanted.😆

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 1:00 p.m. PST

Lt gray walls , dark green trim, cabinets.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 1:14 p.m. PST

Definitely red velvet wall paper, in keeping with the Gentlemen's Club theme….

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 1:24 p.m. PST

I like BillyNM and 14th NJ's ideas.

Jeffers01 Jul 2020 2:28 p.m. PST

Pink. Nice and calming, plus you won't have to repaint it when you're chucked out to make way for a baby.

Not that I'm bitter, but I do mention it on her birthday card every year.

Syrinx001 Jul 2020 3:25 p.m. PST

I would suggest one wall a more dramatic color (red, blue or even grey) picked depending on what you want to hang on it, with the rest an off white color.

von Schwartz01 Jul 2020 3:57 p.m. PST

How about a nice pale baby blue with chartreuse trim and nice lace curtains.

von Schwartz01 Jul 2020 3:59 p.m. PST

Definitely red velvet wall paper, in keeping with the Gentlemen's Club theme….

Then what, a steel pole in the middle of the floor?

Nick Bowler01 Jul 2020 4:16 p.m. PST

All these comments assume you can see the walls. All of my walls are covered with shelving.

jdpintex01 Jul 2020 5:16 p.m. PST

Very light grey with bluish tinge.

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 5:18 p.m. PST

saltflat1929+1 Primed white – melon yellow or lemon yellow – what the wife wanted – I like it.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 7:13 p.m. PST

A light cream-yellow with the wood trim painted white semi Gloss. Any framed picture will look good on that background and the color is light and cheerful.

Or, check out the game/club room of the Little Wars TV group- one of the best looking game rooms that I've ever seen.

14Bore02 Jul 2020 1:55 a.m. PST

Was thinking what BillyNM wrote

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2020 8:25 a.m. PST

Whatever SWMBO tells you.

Andoreth02 Jul 2020 8:38 a.m. PST

Whiye or off white but with a good range of paintings posters or military items to provide conversation pieces.

Frontline Tim03 Jul 2020 3:09 p.m. PST

Whatever its decorated in when you move in.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 1:23 p.m. PST


I used what I'd describe as a stylish shade of OD, very similar to your SW color, just the Benjamin Moore version. It's a great color and works well, BUT… after a while I realized I should have gone with a SKY BLUE, simple to help with the endless tabletop pics, so they'd have at least a halfway decent built-in sky-like background. If I had to do it all over again iI'd go with some form of sky blue.

EDIT: Just saw BillyNM beat me to this note days ago -- I think he and 14Bore have it right!

Der Krieg Geist11 Jul 2020 7:31 p.m. PST

My Game Shop was orange, just a shade lighter and more peach hue than Home Depot orange. The woodwork/trim in a nice light navel gray and mottled slate gray carpet, white ceiling and lots of lighting.
I settled on that color after loads of market research….thought orange was nuts! It was not, it looked great and everyone who saw it said it made the shop bright and inviting, along with the bright lights and cleanliness :D ( you know the expectations of traditional game/hobby shops)

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.