Don’t get caught cussing yourself out for making these mistake.
“OMG! I bought Chicago Bears lights for the pool table room but the room colors are definitely Cleveland Browns!” or “OMG Bart! You bought antique Tiffany style lamps for the pool table room, but you know we we’ve already bout the paint and the team favorite extras to do the Sports Theme!”
Make sure you match your pool table lamps with your current or planned decor!
Here are 3 things to remember to make the right lamps match the right colors in your pool table room.
Most times the color and intensity of your lights will depend upon the color of the felt on the table. Dark colors seem to look and feel best in a tournament billiard room. They will make the table and lamps stand out. Neon looks great against a dark wall too. Add chair railings to add a bit of lightness down the middle of the room and add some mild cheer into the room.
Light colors look and feel great when the room is for general multi player play.
Decide how much light you want in the room. Do you want the serious ‘Tournament’ look, where only the table under the flood lights and the player with the stick can be seen? Or do you want the entire room open, ‘Pool Room style’ so that there can be constant interaction from all participants. Darker colors outside the flood light will bring on the ‘Tournament’ look. Lighter colors will add fun and participation.
Just make sure there is enough even lighting on the table to prevent pockets of shadows that might hinder play.
Once again what do you want your pool room to feel like? Do you want Sports Themed, Classical Billiard Style, or do you want a sleek and modern style.
Of course if you’re going for the Sports Theme you need team colors, pictures, and memorabilia. Even your lamp shades can scream ‘Eagles!’ or ‘Bears!’ or ‘Hurricanes!’ Run a painted color stripe around the room, at the top or in the middle, that matches your sports materials, and just have fun with it!
For a Classical Billiard Room, your materials might include posters announcing famous billiard matches or movies whose main theme was pool. Run a colored stripe that matches the 7 or the 15 ball on the top or middle of one wall. Add simple but comfortable wooden tables and chairs that add a solid but temporary seating look. And don’t forget a dart board and a decorative scoring board.
If you want the sleek modern look, paint your walls in slate blue or dark blue and add lighter or darker highlights. Paint three walls a light color and smack your players with one dark wall. Overlap stenciled patterns to make a 3D look.
Table and chairs should be fluff and comfortable, with a modern skeletal wonder chair included here and there. Your furniture and colors don’t have to be from ‘TRON’, but it doesn’t hurt to think future as well as comfortable when designing your pool room.
Before picking Color or Materials sketch out want you want and make a plan, and stick to it. Bears don’t live dolphins, and TRON and Minnesota Fats don’t particularly like each other either, but they be mixed if the builders wander off the plan.
So, plan and build your pool table room to your own taste and style and have fun making it happen, before and after the game.
Some planning and designing sites, like Better Homes and Gardens have online designing software that allows you to see a virtual room before you buy materials. Look for this advantage when you are shopping for pool table accoutrements. If you need more guidance and information before buying your lighting fixture, check out this useful resource on lighting.