Call it what you will – Billiard Room, Pool Table Room, Snooker Room, Eight-Ball Room – you’ll need to decorate it. Anybody can put a pool table in an empty room. But to integrate a billiards room into your decor – that takes a bit of thought. Will you make it a classic pool hall hang out? Or a modern room that happens to have a pool table? An upscale games room? Or a room with a European look? Maybe a man-cave look? So many decisions! However, never fear – we’ve got 90 billiard room ideas for ways you can create a well-designed billiards room inside your home, no matter what your style – using a little design sense and a little ingenuity. And we’ve got a few specific design tips to smooth your path. Let’s start with those.
Which room will be your billiards room?
First and foremost – which room will be your billiards room? The room you choose should have a high ceiling and it should be at least 18 ft by 14 ft (preferably larger). The standard cue size is 58″ (almost 5 ft!) and you need to be able to maneuver it around from any table angle. You can get shorter cues if there are trouble spots and your room isn’t quite large enough, but really? Try to have a big enough room. Table sizes range from 3.5ft x 7ft to 4.5ft x 9ft. You really want more room rather than less. Because the pool table, hopefully, won’t be the only piece of furniture in there.
Which color for your pool table?
Which color will you choose for your pool table? If you haven’t been paying attention lately, you should be. Your felt covering (once almost always green) can be many different colors, including custom shades. But some of the more common off-the-rack (so to speak) colors include: red, grey, black, many variations on the classic green, blue – in many shades – brown, beige, orange, purple, magenta – you get the idea. Which fits best with your decor?
How will you light your pool table?
Back when we said you need a high ceiling – that’s because you want to install substantial drop-down lighting above your table. The classic is the old stain-glass in oblong shapes or anything with fringes. But a modern room calls for different lighting decor. And you’ll see plenty of choices in our samples below. There are some pool table lamps that incorporate a set of pool balls – now that’s coordination! There’s a lot to consider when you start to design your pool table room ad lots of choices to sort through.
Syncing your walls and billiard table
The color of your walls should complement the color of your table. Not match it exactly, but complement it. And you’ll find lots of billiard room wall decor out there to help you with your decorating ideas. You can go with posters of pool table accoutrements (balls and cues), people playing pool, and a chalkboard is a must for keeping score. One of our examples has a framed collection of Walt Disney Mickey Mouse memorabilia and cels. You can even try beer bottle wallpaper. Why not get playful? After all, it’s a pool table room – let the game begin.
A bar in your pool room
Speaking of beer bottle wallpaper, you absolutely need a mini-fridge. And a bar if you can swing it. Then you’ll never leave your personal pool hall. Stock it with some imported beer, add a few fancy beer glasses, a wine rack and some red and white and rack ’em up.
Billiards table style considerations
There are so many designs for the table frame itself and many custom opportunities. Do you want your pockets to hang outside the table in classic leather net design? Or do you want the balls to drop inside the table and return to the racking end? The leather net pool pocket design feature lends itself much more to an elegant wooden library or rustic cottage look than upscale modern — so keep all these choices in mind as you design.
One of the most unusual table designs we’ve seen is the bottom half of a classic Mustang convertible, transformed into a pool table frame (see below). In this case, we’d suggest using framed photos of other classic cars as pool table room wall decor. And now that we see this, frankly, you could use anything that can hold a level slate surface of the appropriate measurements for your pool table frame. Kind of opens things up, doesn’t it? And that’s not even mentioning the seemingly normal table, that opens up to produce a billiards table! Have a look for it below – it’s an orange pool table under a white dining table. Talk about double-duty!
A rug in your pool table room?
A rug will certainly define the area, and help absorb sound. But it’s really all up to your decorating preferences. It will give you a more comfy, cozy room but maybe you’re looking for sleek and modern? And of course, it’s quite a different look when you add a Persian rug compared to a sisal carpet. A rug can make your pool room look like a castle or a beach cabin. It’s all in the style.
Even more pool room decorating ideas
There’s so much you can do with billiard room decor and decorating ideas. There really are no rules – it’s such a wide-open palette for you. Feel free to add unusual lighting, over-sized lighting, or decorative lighting (like those with the pool balls). Wall murals can really make a statement. And don’t forget, even the furniture you choose will add to the pool room decor – using unusual pool table designs is a design factor itself. Add a fireplace with a big comfy chair and between shots, you can relax in comfort. A buffet is always a great addition to your bar area and picture walls, especially billiard-themed, really get the point across. And don’t forget all those billiard-themed decor accents – now that you’re thinking about this, we bet you see them everywhere.
Whatever decor style you choose, design your billiards room with confidence using our pool room decorating tips.