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As a working-at-home-mom, I spend A LOT of time in my home. Quite frankly, looking at the same four walls and the same decor gets old after a while. And coming up with new decorating ideas or DIY home improvement projects can be pretty tiring.
So when I’m looking for a change, sometimes it’s nice to be able to turn to something a little more simple. But what can be so simple that it doesn’t require much thought? I mean, we’re talking about decorating here. The answer? Board games! My guess is you’ve never even thought about using games for decorating, right?
When you lay eyes on the brain games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic, you’ll instantly see what I mean about using them as decor in your home. While the design and pieces of each game are fairly simplistic, they are very well crafted and simply put, beautiful.
Quarto presents a basic board consisting of 16 circles, along with 16 game pieces of varying size, that are made of light and dark wood. Quoridor also offers a basic board. One that consists of grooves that hold wooden rectangular pieces to create fences. There are also four pawns of varying wooden color that must avoid these fences during game play.
Although there’s not a lot of intricate detail in either of these games’ designs, their clean lines and elegant feel are perfect for decorating with. In fact, the wooden colors and simplistic design compliment the shelving and storage in my living room.
Take a look at these three simple, yet elegant functional decorating ideas I’ve enjoyed in my home using both Quarto and Quoridor.
1. Display in game-play form.
This is probably the most uncomplicated way to use Quarto and Quoridor as decoration. By simply placing them on a table, large shelf or bar top, it displays them in their game-play ready form and shows off their elegant dimensions.
2. Shelf Display.
Hands down, this is my absolute favorite way of displaying Quarto and Quoridor. I happen to have two shelves over the TV in my living room, so I propped the games on the shelves and instantly fell in love with the character they add to the room. It’s simple, effective and pleasing to the eye.
3. Floating wall display.
This display won’t really work with Quarto, but is really cool for Quoridor. I placed two nails in the wall to prop the board game on and then placed the rectangular pieces into the grooves of the board. I ensured to make some level areas with those pieces so that I could place the four pawns on the board as well. How cool is this?!
To top it all off, these games aren’t just the most gorgeous games you’ve ever seen, but they’re functional. Yes, they make great display pieces, but at any point we want to play one of them, we simply pull it down and play. It’s functional decorating at it’s finest!
And let me tell you, we are a very competitive family. So when it comes to games, let’s just say it’s game on! Don’t be fooled by Quarto’s and Quoridor’s simplistic designs. They are brain games that will have you thinking about your next move and even anticipating your opponent’s moves. I wouldn’t be surprised if these eye-catching pieces create some game wars when you have guests over. I just hope you’re up to the challenge!
But wait! Since Quarto is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and it’s my favorite for decorating with (and playing too!), Gigamic is going to give 1 lucky Making Time reader their very own Quarto game! Enter using the giveaway form below.