Open the door for the self-described “kawaii tech creator” Celeste Flowers‘, and you’ll suddenly feel as if you’re living your life as a strawberry in some Fruity Pebbles. Likes Countless others players OnlineFlores is an expert in “pastel games” – a term taken from the Japanese language kawaii aestheticsAnd perhaps there is a need to differentiate from the humble black leather and plastic companies that try to hawk the males. Instead, it pushes pastel games to the coolest limit. peach collection in animal crossing. Decorate your shelves with furry creatures of all kinds. slack jaw Kirby Keycaps, sprawling fields of pink. Lots of pink. You can get into the action in just a few easy steps, and not just by investing in the popular Razor quartz line.
So if you’re convinced or if you’ve always wanted a piece of sugar, Flores and Tinny, a cute stuff expert Who makes content as @10eegaming, help me put together some tips on how to bring your current playspace to the sweet galaxy.
Discover your design preferences
Pink, purple, and cat earbuds are some of the most popular pastel game design choices, but that doesn’t mean you need to implement them. “Nice” is a personal thing—before you change your space, identify visuals, colors, and elements that resonate with you. Above all else, your gaming space should feel “an expression of ‘you’ and the things you love,” Flores said.
“Finding an aesthetic that works for you is really about experimenting to see what really clicks with your self-expression, and the best part is that you never have to be tied down to just one,” Fleurs said. “Try lots of different aesthetics or combine them into a hybrid mix that makes something new entirely! It can be helpful to figure out which colors are your favorite as a starting point, and then go from there to decide which themes you prefer.”
To start somewhere concrete, Fleurs recommends “picking one accent color to start with and using that as your foundation to create a sense of cohesion.”
“You can use transition colors, such as black and white, to help things to match and flow better visually. Using these transitional colors also means that you don’t need to change them if you get bored of your accent color, because they’ll go with everything. If you’re feeling extra spicy, you can add a secondary accent color,” she said. “For example, my main accent color is baby pink, my transition color is white, and my secondary accent is mint or blue. I try to avoid red and orange like the plague.
While you’re looking for your ideal colors (some free paint samples from your local Home Depot or paint store might help with this) keep in mind that you can find gaming items in just about any of them. The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 series offers up a minty and ergonomic gaming chair for $539, but your options open up further if you’re good with any comfy chair, like the $499 Dolphin Blue ErgoChair Pro Standalone. More affordable, well-functioning and still colorful options can be found ever large retailers and furniture websites like Wayfair, which also owns range of Attractive gaming desks For less than $150.
Keycaps are like gems in the sense that there are a lot of them and they all feel special when carried, but some of the pastel features include $29.99 Epomaker Honeymilk Designation, Inspired by Apollo 11 Genespeed Drop and MiTo group and The Boom Jelly Series, which turns your keyboard into a tray of Turkish Delight. Let the keyboard rest on a waterproof mat from amazon or summer scene From Etsy, then take off your wrists This purple rabbit or Swimming Magikarp. Beautiful coiled cables of all shades can be found on me Michaels And the alpaca cablesAnd you can customize anything with paint and masking tape. Flowers made her motherboard pink with these simple tools.
But try not to overthink it, and not feel the need to increase your budget. Ornament is just another word for ‘Where do I put this thing? “He doesn’t need to follow any aesthetic rules,” said Tine. “Each room was built piece by piece, and work is always in progress. Change is part of the process, so allow yourself to experiment.
Really go online
After you’ve decided what things and colors you generally want to see in your gaming room, go to the deepest annals of the Internet for inspiration. Browsing Amazon is a no-brainer, but not everyone knows many of the joys of niche Etsy storefronts and Ebay art. Especially with your pastel game setup, which, as we’ve discussed, is very individual and personal, you should take full advantage of the Internet as a place for eccentric, like-minded people.
Top Online Shopping Tips: Find the most specific fantasy items on Etsy and marvel at things that seem straight from your imagination. I’m obsessed with these delicate things wildflower keycaps, for example. Download the Ebay app for find cheap booze And make reasonable offers to get them even cheaper. On both platforms, save items to your favorites to stay organized (and avoid impulsive purchases).
Other online stores you might want to check out for your pastel game needs, courtesy of Fleurs:
- Sakurai Armory On Etsy and Instagram: “This US couple makes custom decorations for fan covers for gaming PCs and wall panels, I even release some designs in collaboration with them!” Flores said.
- gaseous lung On Instagram: “A small UK company that makes truly unique furniture that you can commission to be customized exactly the way you want it. Two words: Sanrio tables.”
- Superlove.store: “An independent Australian company that makes stickers and decals, as well as some other great accessories. I have ‘Haku’ and ‘Game Over!’ Stickers on my computer.
- Sogoi Mart.com: “Tokyo-based company by Japan Fund Which stores a lot of different anime merchandise, game gadgets, and household items.”
- Neonfreek.com: “A company that makes really cool custom neon signs! Hey.”
You will also find a strong pastel games community online. “I owe so much to the unbelievable # retweet And the # kooyeigamers community on Instagram and TikTok,” Tenney said. “There are a lot of inspiring women sharing what they love, and as a group, we actually end up directly influencing gaming companies to create more products geared toward female gamers.”
“I’m a millennial, and I remember buying Claire’s cat headbands in the mid-2000s and thinking ‘I wish they made cat ear headphones’ at a time when they weren’t,” she continued. “Now you can find hundreds of different species!”
Some choose from all cat ear headphones: I have to recommend ScannerWhich comes in pink or black, has the best performance compared to what is on the market, and Currently on sale for $99.99more affordable Somic G951s With detachable kitty ears, and This headset has a robotic look From phoenikas. For pastel lovers who value their real ears over plastic ones, you can find beautiful, high-performance sets More than LogitechAnd the bossAnd the Sonyand in A10s by Astro Gaming.
As for Teny’s favorite Etsy stores, try LuxSkinsOfficialAnd the CB customs and repairAnd the Printables, where she purchased a custom-made Switch Lite TV stand. Etsy is The kingdom from nice switch accessories never seen before In your lifesuch as custom thumb knobs and custom controller color combinations.
Give priority to joy
Online, you may be intimidated by the huge amount of things It seems that professional players and pastel lovers have it. do not be. The pastel gaming space should prioritize happiness and a sense of peace over consumerism.
In fact, “One of my biggest inspirations for designing my space actually comes from Marie Kondo’s book Spark Joywhere she talks about sharpening our sensitivity to joy—this process begins with learning about the things that are closest to our hearts, and brings us excitement and inspiration,” Tenney said. It brought me the greatest happiness.”
“Another good way to learn about joy can also come through childhood nostalgia, which is why Nintendo and Sanrio have such a strong presence in my space,” she continued. “I believe my best aesthetic is the one that falls into place when we truly listen and is unique to our hearts. So my playroom helps me increase my personal sense of joy.”
You do not need to spend a lot to develop joy. “Much of my decoration is very low budget — the framed pictures were either photos I printed off the Internet or illustrations I cut out of shojo manga or the 2020 Pusheen calendar,” said Tenny. “The fake plants are all from my local dollar store. I also visit thrift stores for some unique finds.”
“There’s a lot you can do on a tight budget,” she continued. “Stores like Daiso and Miniso are also great options for plush and home decor, as well as Target and Ikea for essentials.” Both when blowing open Room All in all, a small buy, rarely, on purpose.
do what you have
In that spirit, Teny recommends others try to transform things they already own “by spraying them a different color, adding stickers, altering drawer pulls, or layering a patterned fabric.” Appreciating what you already have saves you time, money (and the planet!)
“Going into decorating an entire game room and making the setting can be pretty cool excellent “An expensive hobby or a side interest,” Flores said. “I see a lot of young people online who are desperate to get these big, elaborate setups you see on TikTok, but honestly it can take years to curate and save for it.”
Flowers prefers to spend time on her design purchases, to make sure that she actually wants the item and that it will actually be useful to her. “I see my setup as kind of a long-distance trip, so I don’t feel the need to have it all at once. I think that’s a healthy way to look at it too, because it makes it more personal – plus it helps with the more consuming side, because anything you decorate will have More value to you,” she said.
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