Prepare Your Game-Watching Room
For Football Season
Football season is finally back. For many Americans that means many joyous or heartbreaking hours watching the home team, division rivals and conference contenders compete on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. Diehard football fans know there aren't any substitutes waiting in the next room to give them a breather when it comes to cheering on their squad. Fans prepare for and watch the game different ways, but everybody needs a few things around the living room to show their allegiance and keep them fueled up until the clock winds down. Learn some tips on how to prepare your game-watching room for the first kickoff with these NFL home decor suggestions.
Frame Your Favorites
The longer sports fans cheer on their favorite teams, the more gear they acquire. While there's plenty of gear that is better fit for the garbage than next to the wall quilt rack in the den, there is the occasional special item that belongs in a frame rather than in a pile in the basement. For seasoned fans, it isn't out of line to frame an old jersey, a piece of autographed memorabilia or some preserved newspaper clippings that showcase your team's glory days. Using things you've collected over the years also shows guests your dedication as a fan.
The season might last all year for some diehard fans, but not everybody in your house will agree that a full-fledged team design is the right move for every season. It's necessary to compromise. If you haven't made it easy to remove some of the football accents when the season ends, such as focusing on adding accents like fleece throw pillows and NFL-themed blankets, or if you want to eliminate having to redecorate too much, consider adding splashes of your team's colors to the overall design of your room. The pieces don't have to have anything to do with football, and avoiding the subject will allow you to celebrate your team's colors regularly throughout the year.
Adding touches to your decor to reflect your team preference isn't always as straightforward as it seems. You don't want to make the mistake of decorating too much with your team's colors or covering every inch of the walls with memorabilia unless your room is meant to function as an athletic entertainment zone on an everyday basis. One interesting way home decorating experts have used to give rooms a subtle football feel is to combine athletic antiques such as old trophies, athletic equipment or distressed stadium items like repurposed bleacher seats to create a truly authentic feel in a game-watching room and complement your more obvious team gear.
Furniture And Flat Surfaces
Home decor isn't all about decoration. It also encompasses furniture, and furniture in your game-watching living room or den is better when it's functional. Comfortable seating is a given, and having enough seating to accommodate guests is a must, but there should also be enough flat surfaces around to allow everyone to safely and securely set down their snacks and beverages. A few conveniently placed outlets for keeping your smartphone or tablet charged while the game is on is something to keep in mind when rearranging your furniture. If you're on the lookout for new pieces of furniture, try to find items that can pull double-duty and provide storage for extras like blankets and pillows when not in use.