13 Winning Games Rooms

If interior design were a competitive sport, these 13 games rooms would be all-stars. See spaces fit for leisure, recreation and more, then get all the equipment you need for your own home.

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At Churburg Castle, a 13th-century building in northern Italy, an Austrian billiard table is surrounded by a hand-painted mural from 1820.

Photo by Gianni Franchellucci.

Billiard room looking at pool table, windows and seating area.

For the billiard room of a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival home in Los Angeles, interior designer Thomas Callaway created a custom shade of blue paint.

Photo by Lisa Romerein.

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At a Litchfield County, Connecticut residence, interior designer India Mahdavi used colorful, hard-edge works by Sol LeWitt as a backdrop for the home’s games room.

Photo by Jason Schmidt via Architectural Digest.

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The Beverly Hills, California headquarters of Fox Interactive Media — fittingly, the home of Fox Sports — were outfitted with nine basketball hoops and bright, jersey-ready hues by NxT Design Studio.

Photo courtesy NxT Design Studio.

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An Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and ottoman outfit the recreation room of design entrepreneur Bradford Shellhammer’s colorful weekend retreat in Sparrowbush, New York.

Photo by Trevor Trondro via The New York Times.

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In Chevy Chase, Maryland, this attic-cum-games room by Donald Lococo Architects is given a handsome, traditional spin by the inclusion of custom millwork.

Photo via Donald Lococo Architects.

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Collector and comedian Ellen DeGeneres placed a transparent Ping-Pong table — designed by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija — under a Serge Mouille lighting fixture in her Beverly Hills home.

Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest.

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Austin, Texas-based interior designer firm Studio Seiders used a dark, monochromatic palette and glossy surfaces to lend a sophisticated note to this contemporary games room.

Photo by Carl Mayfield and Stephen Gutierrez via Ryan Street & Associates.

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For a project in London, interior designer Veere Grenney created a spare, elegant games space in which artworks by Mark Rothko and Frank Auerbach sit alongside a bespoke Ping-Pong table.

Photo by Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest.

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Located just outside of Paris, the Château de Malmaison dates to the 14th century, and was the former residence of Napoleon Bonaparte. The home’s striking green billiard room was decorated in 1812 by Louis-Martin Berthault.

Photo by Moonik.

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A sprawling, light-filled New York City triplex designed by Amy Lau includes a black and chrome Art Deco-influenced games room.

Photo courtesy Amy Lau Design.

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At the Bedford, New York home of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, layered floor coverings and a Victorian-style billiards table help create a lived-in, luxurious leisure space.

Photo by Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest.

For a Montana ranch, designer William T. Georgis tweaked the traditional cabin aesthetic – antler chandelier, Native American wool rug – by hanging a flashy Doug Aitken wall sculpture beside an antique pool table.

Photo by T. Whitney Cox courtesy of Monacelli.

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