How to make a pastel playroom using most kawaii gear

A look at a bright pink gaming setup.

photo: 10egaming

Open the door to the self-proclaimed “kawaii tech creator” celeste flowers‘ space, and you’ll suddenly feel like you’ve lived your life as a strawberry in a Fruity Pebbles cereal. As countless others player on-lineFleurs is an expert in “pastel games” – a term that comes from Japanese Kawaii aesthetic, and perhaps a need to differentiate itself from the humble black leather and plastic gaming companies trying to peddle men. Pastel games, on the other hand, push a cool maximalism. collect peaches in animal crossing. Adorn your shelves with furry creatures of all kinds. Loose jaw Kirby keycaps, and expansive pink fields. Lots of pink. You can get in on the action in a few simple steps, and not just by investing in Razor’s famous Quartz line.

So if you’re convinced, or have always wanted a piece of the candy, Fleurs and Teny, a Expert in sweet things who create content as @10eegaming helped me put together some advice on how to take your current gaming space to the sweet galaxy.

Discover your design preferences

Pink, purple, and cat-ear headphones are some of the most popular pastel gaming designs, but that doesn’t mean you have to implement them. ‘Cute’ is a personal thing – before you transform your space, decide what looks, colors and items will resonate with you. Above all, your play area should feel like “an expression of ‘you’ and the things you like,” Fleurs 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 comfortable with a comfortable chair like the $499 Dolphin Blue Autonomous ErgoChair Pro. Cheaper, more powerful yet colorful options can be found anywhere the big retailers and furniture sites like Wayfair, which also exist an area of attractive gaming tables for under $150.

Keycaps are like jewels in the sense that there are many of them and they all feel special, but some pastel highlights include the $29.99 Epomaker honey milk set to, the Apollo 11-inspired gene speed Drop and MiTo adjust and the Pom Jelly Series, which turns your keyboard into a tray of Turkish Delight. Let your keyboard rest on a waterproof mat from Amazon or a summer scene from Etsy, then bring your wrists down this purple rabbit or floating magikarp. Pretty coiled cables of all shades can be found on mechables and Alpaca Cable, and you can customize everything with paint and tape. Fleurs turned their motherboard pink with these simple tools.

But try not to think about it and don’t feel the need to stretch your budget. “Decoration is just another word for ‘Where should I put this object?’ and it doesn’t have to follow any aesthetic rules,” Teny said. “Each space is built piece by piece and it is always a work in progress. Change is part of the process, so allow yourself to experiment.

Another look at Teny's bright pink gaming computer.

photo: 10egaming

Really go online

After determining the things and colors you would like to see in your playroom, turn to the deepest annals of the internet for inspiration. Browsing Amazon is a breeze, but not everyone knows the many joys of niche Etsy shops and the art of Ebay. Especially with your pastel gaming setup, which as we’ve discussed is highly customized and personal, you should take full advantage of the internet as a place for like-minded weirdos.

My top online shopping tips: Search Etsy for the most specific imaginary items and marvel at things that seem to be straight out of your imagination. I’m obsessed with these delicate ones Wildflower Keycaps, for example. Download the Ebay app for cheap vintage finds and make reasonable offers to get them even cheaper. Save items to your favorites on both platforms to stay organized (and avoid impulse purchases).

Other online stores you might want to visit for pastel gaming needs, courtesy of Fleurs:

  • SakuraiArmory on Etsy and Instagram: “A couple from the USA who make custom fan cover decorations for gaming PCs and wall plates, I’m even releasing some designs in collaboration with them!” said Fleurs.
  • Bubbling Lungs on Instagram: “A small UK company that makes truly one-of-a-kind furniture that you can commission to customize exactly how you want it. Two words: Sanrio tables.”
  • “An Australian indie company that makes stickers and decals and some other cute accessories. I gave her ‘Haku’ and ‘Game Over!’ decals on my PC.”
  • “A Tokyo-based company of Japan box which stocks a wide variety of anime merchandise, gaming stuff, and housewares.”
  • “A company that makes really cool custom neon signs! I want one so bad.”

You will also find a strong pastel gaming community online. “I owe a lot to the incredible #gamergirl and #kawaiigamer community on Instagram and TikTok,” Teny said. “There are so many inspiring women out there sharing what they love and as a collective we ultimately have a direct impact on gaming companies to create more products aimed at female gamers.”

“I’m a millennial, and I remember buying cat-ear headbands from Claire’s in the mid-2000s and thinking, ‘I wish they made cat-ear headphones,’ at a time when they still made them didn’t even exist,” she continued. “Now there are hundreds of different varieties!”

A choice of all these cat-ear headphones: I have to recommend them razor‘s Take, available in pink or black, has the best performance on the market, and is currently on sale for $99.99the cheaper Somic G951s with detachable cat ears and this Robocop-looking headset out Phoinicas. For pastel lovers who value their real ears over plastic ears, you’ll find beautiful, high-performing sets over from Logitech, Evil, Sonyand in Astro Gaming A10s.

As for Teny’s favorite Etsy shops, give it a try LuxSkins Official, CBCustoms and Repairand PrintoutsYeg, where she bought a custom Switch Lite TV mount. Etsy is the kingdom of cuteness change accessories you’ve never seen before in your lifelike custom thumb grips and bespoke controller color combinations.

prioritize joy

Online, you might be intimidated by the sheer volume Things Pro gamers and pastel lovers seem to have it. Do not be. Your pastel play area should prioritize happiness and a sense of peace over consumerism.

In fact, “one of my biggest inspirations when designing my spaces actually comes from Marie Kondo’s book spark of joy, where she talks about heightening our sensitivity to joy—a process that begins with recognizing what objects feel closest to our hearts and bring us excitement and inspiration,” Teny said. “So I started designing my space with that philosophy in mind and only keeping (or collecting) items that brought me the most joy.”

“Another good way to identify joy can also come from childhood nostalgia, which is why Nintendo and Sanrio are such a strong presence around me,” she continued. “I think the best aesthetic is one that comes naturally when we truly and uniquely listen to our heart. So my playroom helps me to maximize my personal happiness.”

You don’t have to spend a lot to cultivate joy. “A lot of my decorations are very inexpensive – the framed pictures were either pictures I printed off the internet or illustrations I cut out of a shōjo manga magazine or the 2020 Pusheen calendar,” Teny said. “The fake plants are all from my local dollar store. I also visit thrift stores for some of the more unique finds.”

“You can do a lot with a limited budget,” she continued. “Stores like Daiso and Miniso are also great options for plush toys and home decor, as well as Target and Ikea for the basics.” Both when it comes to inflation a room and generally buy small, rare and intentional.

Be content with what you have

With that in mind, Teny recommends others change up the items they already own “by spray-painting them a different color, adding stickers, swapping out the drawer handles, or layering a patterned piece of fabric on top of each other.” Appreciating what you already have saves you time and money (and the planet!)

“Decorating an entire game room and creating a setup can be one thing great expensive hobby or side interest,” Fleurs said. “I see a lot of younger people online who are dying to have those big, elaborate setups that you see on TikTok, but honestly these can take years to curate and save for.”

Fleurs prefers to take her time with her design purchases to make sure she really wants the item and that it will actually be useful to her. “I see my setup as a kind of long-term journey, so I don’t feel the need to get everything at once. I think that’s a healthy way of looking at it too, as it makes it more personal — and it helps with the more consumerist aspect, as whatever you decorate with has more value to you,” she said.

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