10 Real World Interior Paint Palettes Inspired by Video Games

Apartment Therapy Game Room

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At my video game themed wedding I chose to keep the gaming theme subtle, using colors and shapes to mostly just hint of our shared love for gaming. But have you ever thought of referring to video games as a source for interior decor color schemes? I set out imagining I was decorating each room of a house with some of my favorite games of all time, matching them up with actual paint manufacturers' swatches...

Professor Layton - Sherwin Williams Paints
Van Dyke Brown - Roycroft Copper Red - Turkish Coffee - Raucous Orange

Love earth tones? Professor Layton's steampunk universe presents players with an alternate past in an array of browns, red and orange that complement each other perfectly. Fantastic for literally any room in the home, but especially a library or study.

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Diablo 3 - Behr
Red Candle - Mango Madness - Old Wine - Autumn Leaves

Turn those glowing fiery embers into burning passion and inspiration for a dark moody room! Diablo 3's world is dark and gloomy, and the dark shades of red and orange are simply to die for (pun sadly intended.) The color palette evokes images of earth and fire, so best to match this rich color palette with an array of houseplants and real wood furnishing.

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Plants vs. Zombies - Benjamin Moore
Terrazzo Brown - Raintree Green - Mexican Hot Chocolate - Lizard Green

Speaking of houseplants, no other game combines vibrant and cheerful with dull and gloomy more symbiotically than Plants vs. Zombies. Healthy botanical characters versus tattered grey zombies offer inspiration for a color mix that I could see working in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and hallways alike.

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Nintendo Characters - Glidden
Red Geranium - Pale Jade - Dazzling Daffodil - Sunbaked Orange

Bright colors and Nintendo go together like hot fudge on a sundae. Rather than using just one their many popular franchises, I chose to narrow it down to Mario red, Link green, Pikachu yellow and Samus orange. A vibrant collection of complementing tones ideal for a child's Nintendo themed bedroom, a gaming/recreation room, or even a creative home studio.

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Saints Row 4 - Benjamin Moore
Midnight Navy - Mystical Grape - Gentle Violet - Scandinavian Blue

One thing comes to mind when playing either Saints Row 3 or 4: that’s a lot of purple! I’ve never been a fan of the color myself, but Saints Row makes indigo, violet, and deep purple look so good, I wouldn’t mind taking it to my own walls (especially in the bedroom.)

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Pikmin - Benjamin Moore
Bold Yellow - Blue Belle Island - Blazing Orange - Pear Green

Hopefully you've read my review of Pikmin 3, and if so, you've probably noticed the colorful setting, especially the various species of Pikmin with their color-coded attributes. Pulling from the character's red, yellow, and blue shades, the primaries would be well suited for a baby's room (especially with the addition of these plushies).

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Bioshock Infinite - Sherwin Williams
Fireworks - Morning Glory - Something Blue - Solaria

The Americana-themed steampunk world of Bioshock Infinite is home to the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue, but a little bit different to the real US flag found in classrooms. These shades are slightly darker and accented by a spacious-evoking sky blue, a sharp contrast to the darker political themes of the game.

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Minecraft - Glidden
Spring Green - New Grass Green - Cinnamon Spice - Ground Nutmeg

Minecraft addicts and enthusiasts would probably love a home office or entertainment room in the same tones of brown and green reminiscent of their favorite virtual playground. If properly done, the color scheme could even make a room appear as if it were crafted in pixel block fashion like in the beloved franchise.

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Mega Man - Sherwin Williams
Blueblood - Resonant Blue - Classical Yellow

Let's turn to a more cheerful color spectrum, this one of blue and cyan, inspired by beloved Mega Man. One of Capcom's most influential (yet sadly underused) mascots is a playful source for those who think there's nothing sad about the blues.

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Animal Crossing Seasons - Sherwin Williams
Free Spirit - Greens - Bewitching Blue - Center Stage

Another entry from Nintendo, I couldn’t leave out is the Animal Crossing series. More specifically, the four seasons of summer, fall, winter, and spring that play central to the games themselves. Although I tend to tire of the game over time, I always return for the various calendar events, which present my virtual town in a whole new light throughout each new season (especially during cherry blossom season.) These earth shades of green, white, and pink are lovely color inspiration separately, or used in combination, or paint/decorative accents.

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