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Back in the day, when we were kids, someone always seemed to be telling us to clean up our games and toys. But as we’ve grown up, homes have moved in a more relaxed direction. These days, we want spaces that feel inviting, approachable, and lived-in. (Let’s be honest, I’m not even making my bed anymore.) We don’t want clutter, but we do want perfectly imperfect casual-cool environments for unwinding and entertaining. And what better way to set a playful tone in a room than to proudly display some of your favorite games as decorative accents? I’m not normally one to encourage childhood rebellious streaks, but for the home that’s young at heart, these latest game décor finds are so chic that they’re begging to come out and play.

Ahead, get a glimpse of 10 casual spaces where game décor makes a playful statement piece.

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Kyle Born

Earn points with your guests for using Scrabble pieces creatively as a part of your decorating vocabulary. In this home, the welcome wagon is a perfect mix of neutrals and friendly greens. Whatever the occasion, this playful riff on tabletop texting is a guaranteed win, from greetings to song lyrics to cheeky messages.

Winning Solutions Giant Scrabble ($126)

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Patrick Cline; DESIGN: Cuffhome

The graphic art on the wall in this happy, modern dining room is right on the mark: The bull’s-eye design gives the room a whimsical nod to a game of darts, albeit updated in a light retro palette. Make no mistake—this is a dining room that aims to have fun.

Shades of Light Bullseye Print ($140)

Take a cue from the pool room in Jessica Alba’s guesthouse: Decorated in dramatic deep blue-gray shade, this game room takes on an Old Hollywood vibe that’s a cut above. This fall, consider elevating your game night beyond Cards Against Humanity (though I do love that game) with good old-fashioned billiards.

I love the way a well-placed chess table can give a living room a little bit of the royal treatment. A chic chessboard not only encourages guests to play a game around the coffee table, it also doubles as a décor alternative to replace or complement coffee table books, floral arrangements, and other objects.

Kelly Wearstler Dichotomy Chess Set ($17000)

Consider bringing a new kind of throw to your sofa with oversize dice. As tabletop accents, these wooden dice shake things up to give a more formal living room a playful edge.

Crate and Barrel Wooden Dice Set ($60)

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Stadshem

This living room advances gaming to the next level by using a checkerboard as wall art. My love of checkered décor is well documented, but what I love most about this space is its twist on a classic. Moving the game of checkers from the table to the wall creates an instant sense of lighthearted wit and outside-the-box creativity.

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D. Gilbert; DESIGN: DISC Interiors

A vintage target is the perfect art installation to create a masculine mood in this lounge. The pattern play created between the stripe-mixing on the sofa and the concentric circles on the wall is perfection.

A friendly match after dinner never hurt anyone. In this eclectic, collected dining room, the chess set is a decorative addition to the overall cultured, worldly feeling of the space. Just be sure to leave room for dessert. 

Man Ray Chess Set ($590)

I love the back-to-basics appeal of a game of tic-tac-toe: The rules are simple, and the game is always fast. Reimagining the game in glam brass and marble with vertical shapes? XOXO.

Jonathan Adler Brass Tic-Tac-Toe Set ($195)

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Shade Degges; DESIGN: Heather Heron

Outdoor games don’t have to be full-contact, and this Southern California rooftop space is proof. This shuffleboard table gives guests a game with a view and doubles as a social outdoor gathering spot to put the fun in functional décor.

Nuevoliving Reclaimed Wood Shuffleboard Table ( $10200 ) ($7854)

What’s your favorite way to give your home a playful twist? 

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