There’s no arguing that color is fundamental in any design project. The associations we have with color, whether they are universal or personal, massively impact your mood, emotions and behaviour.
Using a balanced color palette is the cherry on top of your perfect gaming room theme. Choose wisely, and you will end up with a room with awesome aesthetics.
If you are scratching your head looking for some game room wall color ideas, you have come to the right place.
The Theory of Color
Color schemes and the theory of color are a somewhat complex topic. The theory of color is a crossroads between art and science and is a subject that has been debated for centuries, with renowned artists and scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton wading in on the debate.
In essence, the theory of Color helps artists and designs understand how to best mix and balance colors to create the most visually appealing combinations.
Types of Color Schemes
The main tool artists and serious color lovers will use to theorize these winning color combinations is called The Color Wheel. This helpful diagram was first illustrated by Newton and has been adapted over time to represent the relationship between primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
Using the color wheel, we can conceptualize the 7 basic color schemes:
- Monochromatic – Using only one color with varying tints and shades to create a stylish palette
- Complimentary – adopting two colors that are opposite on the color wheel to create a stark contrast.
- Split Complementary – Instead of just one complimentary color, this scheme uses two colors adjacent to the compliment. This still creates a nice contrast, although not as intense.
- Analogous – Using three colors that sit together on the color wheel to create a harmonious environment
Triadic – Using three colors equality spaced around the wheel. Often one dominant color is chosen, with the other two used as accents.
- Tetradic – Using four colors as complementary pairs.
- Square – Four colors, spaced evenly around the color wheel. One color will usually be used as the dominant color, with the other colors used as accents to balance warm and cool colors.
FUN FACT: While the terms ‘Color Scheme’ and ‘palette’ are closely related, they have different meanings. Color scheme refers to which Color theory you use, while a palette refers to the actual colors you have chosen based on your color scheme.
Putting this short science lesson aside, I am sure there aren’t many gamers (me included) that are interested in understanding this depth of color. Nevertheless, this is good to understand, especially when it comes to picking your color scheme for your room.
Using this knowledge, let’s look at some of our favorite gaming room colors and see how this looks in reality.
A Splash of Color
Here’s an example of a tetradic color scheme paired with an elegant pastel palette. This gamer has uses blue as the dominant color in his setup, as seen on the clock and monitor background. Accents of pink on the pot, the green of the plant and the orange of the light are the perfect examples of a balanced Tetradic scheme.
Using your room accessories and monitor background all great ways to incorporate depth into your gaming room color scheme, and does wonders for the room’s ambiance.
This room uses a monochromatic scheme to create an eye-popping battlestation. Monochromatic color schemes are one of the easiest to under and implement as they just use one dominant color with varying tints and shades of that color.
This gamer as opted for a selection of warm orange colors (implemented prominently through RGB lighting) to add some personality to their room. RGB lights are brilliant tools to create an eye-popping color scheme, with the added benefit of being able to instantly change color schemes and palettes at the flick of a switch.
The three lights seen is this picture all illuminate different orange hues, creating that elegant ombre effect. Again this gamer has used his monitor background to cpomplinent his choice of color palette.
Here’s an example of an analogous setup where the gamer has opted for a dark palette to create that eye-popping effect.
One of the easiest ways to add some cool color to your gaming room is through RGB lighting. This gamer has taken his love of color one step further by investing in RGB keyboard, mouse mat and lighting strips for inside their PC case
Can you guess what color scheme this gamer has used?
If you said a complementary color scheme, you would be right. If you didn’t get it, maybe have another read of the Color Theory section at the start of this article.
This setup relies on the contrast between orange and blue, and it a great example of the awesome contrast effect a complementary color scheme can have. Again, this setup utilizes RGB panels and lighting strips to create a rich color.
No Mans Sky
The No Mans Sky color palette appeals to many gamers, but why is it so visually appealing? Well for one, it uses a perfectly executed triadic color scheme that is ridiculously pleasing to the eye.
A light pink, blue and yellow palette all balance to create a visually appealing design.
More is Less
If you are thinking about implementing a minimalist gaming setup, then a monochromatic scheme is the way to go.
Here’s a setup that proves that age-old antidote ‘more is less’ even applies to colors. Sparingly adding a splash of orange has turned this setup into something that is worthy of next season’s Ikea catalog.
Need More Some Gaming Room Color Inspiration?
This article has given you all the tools you need to pick out the best gaming room colors and create an awesome aesthetic for your room.
If you are ready to put this information into practice or you just need some color inspiration, why not have a look at some of these interior color ideas and see if you can see which color scheme they use?