Decor  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Decor  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Get The Look: Firewatch Inspired Home https://www.gameskinny.com/6qk7x/get-the-look-firewatch-inspired-home https://www.gameskinny.com/6qk7x/get-the-look-firewatch-inspired-home Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Pip Simon

If you are like me, then you probably love the aesthetic of some of your favorite games and wish that you could incorporate their style and décor into your own living space without making your home look like an arcade. Throughout this series I'm going to discuss the overall aesthetic used in in games and how you might integrate these looks into your own home.

Today we are going to look at Firewatch by developer Campo Santo. Firewatch follows the story of Henry, a fire lookout in Shoshone National Forest. It's a story of loss, healing, and discovering oneself in the wild. Its story is powerful and compelling, but its environments are just as commanding.

To get a Firewatch aesthetic would be different depending on the location in the game that you choose. For example if you feel inspired by the sprawling canyons then the overall look of the room would be very different then it would if you chose a more forested area. As these locations are more abstract, today I am going to focus on Henry's lookout, which is the easiest space to translate to a real world living space.

So to start I would recommend answering a question.

What do you like about this aesthetic?

It's easy to get lost when you think about this question, but ask yourself what aspects of the environment do you want to emulate in your space. You might find out that you just like the color palette, or you just like Henry's 80's retro items. Overall, you want to know the extent to which you want your space to look like the game and work from there.

For the sake of my tips and tricks, I'm going to pretend that you want a space that looks almost completely like Henry's lookout.

Get inspired

This is where making a Pinterest board or collecting a folder of images will help you stay focused on the look that you want. You can take screenshots of the game itself or you can search for rustic, woodsy inspired spaces. Tumblr is great for this, and you might consider watching films about the great outdoors. My top choice is Into the Wild which is based on a true story of wanderlust. Doing this will help you narrow down what you like, and it will keep you focused on creating a cohesive space where everything feels connected and nothing is out of place.

You can also check out my Pinterest board that I made for my lookout inspired bedroom.

Choose a color palette

There are many tricks when coming up with a color scheme. Generally, my trick is to take the largest piece of furniture or pattern in the room and match pieces with it. This will help to tie each item in the space together.

If you were to want a room that matches the aesthetic of Henry's lookout, then you have to think about the most prominent feature of the lookout.  To me, the thing I notice first is his windows, and how the sprawling landscape fills those windows. This is a lookout after all, so the outdoors are very much a part of the overall look of the room. The color palette of Henry's room mimics the outdoors. Henry's space has a mix of pale greens and browns. He has a mixture of earth tones in his room which tie it to the outdoors. The environment also uses small pops of red and orange which prevent the space from looking too boring without being overbearing; and still these colors are reminiscent to the lookout at daybreak and sunset. To model a room after Henry's you should stick to earthy colors and work from there.

Incorporate textures and patterns

Texture is often forgotten when the average person begins decorating a space. Textures may refer to wood grains, metallic features, furs, fleece, silk, and stone, to name a few. My trick is to pick one main texture that will be used the most throughout the room, and one or two others that will be used sparingly.

In Henry's lookout there are different kinds of natural woodgrains, metallic objects and soft fabrics. Wood is certainly used the most, in the painted wood paneling, raw wood floors, and wooden furniture. You may not have a space that naturally looks like this, but you have options. You can paint the walls an earthy color or hang wood paneling. A more cost-effective option may be to get faux wood paneling wall paper which is cheaper and easier to put up and take down than you might think. It's a great option to give your walls some extra flair, and is perfect for renters or people who are unable to make major modifications to their home.  If you are unable to change the walls and floors, I would recommend concentrating solely on having lots of wooden furniture. Aim for unpainted wood to give it a raw look.

Henry's room is a very warm, cozy space. So incorporate comfy blankets and pillows that appear soft to the touch. Fleece is good choice, and having a few plaid items isn't a bad idea either. There are a few metal objects in Henry's space too. Metals can often look modern, but if you stick to a metal like tin, enamel, or weathered, aged metals then you can give your space an overall rustic vibe.

Purposeful clutter

Cluttering a space effectively really helps bring a place to life. If a place feels too empty, then it's difficult for an audience to identify with it. The objects in a room should tell a story, so think about this when choosing key items.

The objects found in Henry's room are the perfect mixture of camping gear and 80's inspired décor. The items I notice first are his poster prints and artistic landscapes. While many of the official Firewatch posters are sold out, you can still get smaller postcard prints of them from the Campo Santo store page, and from time to time I have seen them floating around on eBay. I would also really recommend following Olly Moss who created the posters for Firewatch so that you can stay up to date on his work.

In Firewatch Henry arrives at the lookout with the space already decorated by the people before him. I recommend thrifting or buying some of your items secondhand. You can get things much cheaper this way, and the worn look of the objects will really help your room tell a story while getting the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Henry's room is very functional, so think about buying items that you think you'll actually use. Maybe you don't need lots of camping equipment for backpacking or rock climbing. That's fine. You can still get the same feel buy getting tin mugs that you would use around a campfire or old maps so you can dream up a new adventure. Definite look for army surplus stores in your area, and check out etsy and ebay where you can find unique and interesting pieces.

Bring the outdoors inside

My last tip for making Henry's lookout your own, is to bring the natural world indoors. As I mentioned earlier, Henry has large windows that connect him to the outside. Unlike Henry, you probably don't have windows like this, or you have curtains and blinds that create disconnect between you and the outside. Definitely consider filling your space with greenery. If you don't have a green thumb, you should get cacti or succulents as they are relatively easy to keep alive. Fake plants are an option too, just remember to dust them off from time to time. Also consider how much natural light your room gets. Get sheer curtains or wooden shades that you can pull back to let more light in. If this isn't an option get daylight bulbs that mimic the look of natural light.

If you follow these tips you will be well on your way to having a Firewatch inspired space. By simply breaking down the different elements of an environment, you can easily and constructively mimic the look of a space and make it your own.

Next up we'll be taking a look a Nathan Drake's home in Unchartered 4.

What other elements strike you about Firewatch? Let me know in the comments.

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4 DIY Gaming Inspired Holiday Decorations to Deck Your Halls https://www.gameskinny.com/q8bgv/4-diy-gaming-inspired-holiday-decorations-to-deck-your-halls https://www.gameskinny.com/q8bgv/4-diy-gaming-inspired-holiday-decorations-to-deck-your-halls Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:56:55 -0500 Justin Michael

Winter is a special time of the year for most. With the holidays come family gatherings, get togethers, and depending on your location in this great wide world, you might even get some snow.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, there is still a bit of time left to deck the halls with all things nerdy. If you're already experiencing the winter weather and are looking for some crafts to keep you occupied as you sip your hot chocolate then look no further! Here are 4 DIY projects to flex your crafting skills while maintaining a touch of that nerdy flair. 

Graham cracker dice

I found this little project on ournerdhome.com, along with a few other fun, and festive projects (like the wreath above). While not dice you'd want to try to use, they would make for a cool centerpiece at your holiday party or Dungeons & Dragons  gathering. The supplies, as well as instructions for this project, can be found at the link above. 

 Pokemon Christmas ornaments

This year has been the year for Pokemon with Pokemon Go! and the Pokemon Sun & Moon titles coming out this year. So it's only fitting that if you're a fan of these little pocket monsters that you proudly display your affection with these easy to make and cost-effective ornaments.

So, how do you go about making these beautiful ornaments? Well, I might not have all the details but fret not! Cindy Kohler helps take the guesswork out of the process with her informative blog. This is a DIY project that I might be trying myself this year.

 

A cozy game-themed quilt

Now you might be thinking, "Justin, how is a quilt decking my halls for the holiday?" Well, I ask you, what better way is there to keep warm in the winter months and continue to point out your nerdy nature, than with a festive quilt sporting your favorite game or character?I mean, who wouldn't want to be cozied up under a Legend of Zelda quilt drinking hot chocolate? 

Now, this project may be a bit more involved for those without sewing skills or tools but if you're that kinda crafty then this is a DIY project right up your alley. The awesome folks over at Instructables.com have a number of great how-tos for projects like these and your quilt is only limited by your time and creativity. 

As a side note, a swanky game-themed quilt would also make a great gift if you find you enjoy sewing and is a perfect way to gain XP for future sewing projects. 

 

Gamer wreath made from Perler beads

I know, I know... "Justin, you used a different wreath as the header to this article." Well, this is a different style of wreath and something I'm seriously considering making to hang on my front door. 

This isn't the first Perler bead project to catch my eye as of late but the amount of effort that Aki at the Minted Strawberry blog has me sold on just how cool a bit of patience can be. 

With step-by-step instructions, as well as a few helpful tips and tricks, she shares all you need to know to figure out your own spiffy wreath design. Her site also has a number of other awesome projects you could try year-round.

Hopefully, these DIY projects have sparked some ideas or have interested you in following up on them. Fun projects like these remind me of the time I spent as a kid, helping to decorate the house and doing that Gingerbread house that always looked terrible, no matter the number of candies used to hide the broken spots. Maybe a fun craft like one of those listed above could become a yearly tradition for you and yours.

Plan on doing any of these crafts or some crafts of your own? We'd love to hear about it and see pictures in the comments below!

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Gametastic DIY Halloween Decorations https://www.gameskinny.com/6daqs/gametastic-diy-halloween-decorations https://www.gameskinny.com/6daqs/gametastic-diy-halloween-decorations Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:19:27 -0400 Glitchieetv

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Budget Bodies by Dave the Dead

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What horror game doesn't have dead bodies sprawled about? Dave the Dead wanted to make a meat-locker type room filled with hanging dead bodies, but needed a budget friendly way to do it. Thus came his tutorial. Using various things found around the house, available for free or cheap, you too can make bodies to hang around your home. 

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What project will you be tackling this Halloween to adorn your home? Personally I like the Mandrake DIY as I can leave it out and not feel bad about scaring people...too much.

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Resident Evil Dog by The Hog Flu

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Resident Evil is an iconic horror game and movie series. Filled with various creatures, most notably dogs, turned into vicious zombies. Taking to hauntforum.com with his tutorial, The Hog Flu shows how he made his zombie dog, with pictures from various stages of the DIY. Read the thread for answers to questions and more comments from The Hog Flu. 

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Mandrake by Pumpkinpie and Hilda

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Halloweenforum.com is a great resource for finding DIY projects. This one, inspired by the mandrake from Harry Potter, has spawned many different results, all of them creepy enough to scare unsuspecting party-goers. Pumpkinpie lays out how she created her mandrake, along with necessary materials on post #9. The first post by Hilda on the page has a link right to the tutorial. Running through the whole thread shows the variety of mandrakes created, some scarier than others. 

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Asylum Halloween Wreath by Mara Macabre

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Taking a page from Batman: Arkham Asylum as inspiration, Mara Macabre has created a spooky Halloween Wreath. Using a Styrofoam wreath ring, wound dressings and printed images, Mara outlines how she created her wreath here. While the site is in German, Google Translate makes it easy to understand the basics of constructing the piece. 

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Creepy Barrel Topper by Hauntcrazy

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This instantly reminded me of the meat bags super mutants carry around with them in Fallout. Gruesome, gory, and a great way to turn an everyday item into Halloween decor. Hauntcrazy gives a how-to on making his barrel topper. Using items around the house, cheap skeleton parts and spray paint, you too can have your own meat bag. Or meat trash can. 

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While decorating for Halloween can be filled with fun, store bought Halloween decorations can be pricey. Trying to put together a spooky party or haunted house using just store bought decorations can quickly eat up a budget, resulting in a lackluster display. Fear not! The following game inspired DIY Halloween decorations are fun to make and will scare the snot out of anyone. 

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Need an Upgrade? 10 Gamer Pad Decor Ideas https://www.gameskinny.com/fmf12/need-an-upgrade-10-gamer-pad-decor-ideas https://www.gameskinny.com/fmf12/need-an-upgrade-10-gamer-pad-decor-ideas Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:08:10 -0400 _Glitchchic_

Ever thought about upgrading your gamer pad? Well here are some wicked cool decor ideas to help get your game cave to the next level! 

You can click on any of the awesome item names below to find out where to purchase them or to get more information. Enjoy! 

1. Star Trek Borg Cube Minifridge: Who doesn't get thirsty while gaming? Better have one of these on hand. No one wants to run to the kitchen in the middle of a mission.

        

2. Doomsday Pendant Lamp: What's the best way to light your game cave? How about a doomsday device? I've always said, "who couldn't use a doomsday device in the living room?" This ceiling lamp's pieces are built to expand and close up when turned off and on. 

        

3. Portal Mirrors: You've been battling all day - but now you have to switch to your suave non-PJ mode so you can go on your hot date. Check yourself out in these portal mirrors before you head out! Be sure to position them correctly or else you might find yourself stuck in the portal!

         

4. StarCraft Pylon Power Station: Running out of juice, for your phone? No problem. Just hook it up to the StarCraft station, and it'll be charged in no time. It even lights up, so you don't have to search for it at night, or when you've turned all the lights off, for a better gaming affect. 

         

5. Fallout Wall Decal: In need of some wall decor? Can't go wrong with this accent. It'll definitely draw some eyes. 

6. Heat Changing TARDIS Mug: The ultimate gaming pad is almost complete, so how about sitting back with a good ol' cup of joe with this mug that stands up to all expectations? 

         

7. Geometric Furniture: When the local squad rolls in, they will need some swag accommodations. This should do just fine. 

         

8. HOLHO: Looking to impress? How 'bout a personal hologram projector? This system is made to work with your smartphone or tablet. It either sits below or on top of your device and creates a hologram of your selected screen images. 

         

Now that I have covered some of the bases in fun ways to give your room a gamer friendly upgrade, I need to squeeze in some great gaming gear too! 

9. Video Gaming Chair: This is definitely amongst the list of ultimate gaming chairs. This comes equipped with forward-facing speakers, wireless audio transmission, and is ergonomically designed for someone, not unlike myself, who will raid for hours or simply marathon their favorite series. 

          

10. PlayStation VR: This one is brand new and open for pre-orders. Coming this October, PlayStation is releasing their virtual reality headset! This headset contains 3D audio and a 5.7" display at 120 frames per second. You can read more about it on their web page linked in the item title or here: GameSkinny - PlayStation's Virtual Reality Headset Details.

That's it for now! If you have any other cool suggestions for a gamer pad let me know! 

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10 Ways to Gamify Your Room https://www.gameskinny.com/r2obc/10-ways-to-gamify-your-room https://www.gameskinny.com/r2obc/10-ways-to-gamify-your-room Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:57:11 -0500 Sara Ventura

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Fighting Stickmen Bookends

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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These bookends are great for the fighting game lover, from Divekick to Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat to Soulcaliber. With books sandwiched in between, it looks like they're kicking the books upright.

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Minecraft Light-Up Torch

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Price: $24.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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Don't want to take the trip to the bathroom in the dark? Grab your handy Minecraft torch and light the way to your porcelain throne, all while keeping the monsters away. It's made out of ABS plastic and can be carried, hung on a wall, or placed on a table.

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Portal 2 Plush Turret with Sound

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Price: $24.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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This cuddly death machine spouts 11 phrases like: "target acquired," "critical error," or "I don't hate you." It stands 14.5" high and its eye glows. Consider pairing it with a Companion Cube lunch box.

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Retro Video Game Pillow Set

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Price: $24.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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Though these aren't based on real games, the throwback style of the NES cartridge is a perfect addition to your couch or bed. It's much better than cuddling up with the small, plastic versions, even if the Legend of Zelda is alluringly shiny.

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Rubik's Cube Refrigerator

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Price: $149.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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Sure, a Rubik's Cube isn't your typical "game" but you can't deny it might be just as hard as Mike Tyson in Punch Out if you don't know how to solve it. Instead of worrying about it, go play with your Tetris lights and instead keep your soda in this one.

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Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

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Price: $39.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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This stackable Tetris lamp is perfect for your desk or night stand. When you add one of the seven pieces to the bigger part, it lights up automatically. Imagine buying several of these and conjoining them... the possibilities!

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Sci-Fi Decals

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Price: $64.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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Want to make it look like the door into your room in a zombie or alien decontamination center? What about making the inside door of your closet a weapons arsenal? These 80"x32" vinyl decals are perfect for sci-fi enthusiasts or FPS players.

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Nintendo Wall Decals

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Price: $10.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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Don't want a poster? Instead, do you want to stick Yoshi's tongue out at Bowser or hop over a Bullet Bill? This vinyl sticker set comes with 35 decals featuring popular characters from the Marioverse. 

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Pac-Man Fleece Blanket

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Price: $24.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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Get ready for the winter with this wocka wocka fleece blanket complete with all of the ghosties. Unfortunately, the screen capture printed says "Game Over." Looks like you need to show them who's boss and beat it yourself.

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Nintendo Wall Art

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Price: $39.99

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Buy it: Think Geek

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Nothing screams throwback like a retro Nintendo poster featuring Mario. These 2x5 posters are made of firm stretched canvas so can withstand you throwing your Mountain Dew in a fit of rage at the wall when you miss that jump.

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Is your apartment or dorm room feeling a little bare? There's a ton of ways you can spice up your room, whether it be wall decals, stuffed plushies, or even a Minecraft light torch. Here are 10 ways to show everyone your favorite games without them checking the 50+ hours you've tracked on Steam.

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