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If you consider yourself a pool shark, then chances are your dream house has a billiard room in it. While this timeless game is always fun to play with friends and family, it has also become somewhat of a status symbol in high-end residences. Dating back to the 19th century, there is perhaps no luxury home feature that’s stood the test of time like a classic billiard room. For those who are planning to design one in their home, here are a few tips to keep in mind.   

Wood Details
A traditional billiard room is almost always designed with an abundance of wood finishes that showcase a high level of craftsmanship. Beamed ceilings, paneled walls and built-in bookshelves are just a few common details. However, if you have hardwood floors, you’ll probably want to place a large rug underneath the pool table to prevent damage.

Strategic Lighting
The room itself is usually equipped with warm ambient lighting that sets the tone, but you’ll also want task lighting directly above the table. For a truly old-timey feel, an antique pendant designed specifically for hanging over pool tables will provide an elegant combination of form and function.

Home Bar
Pool is all about having a little friendly competition while socializing with friends and family, so it’s only natural to enjoy a drink while doing so. That’s why it’s quite common to have a full bar in a billiard room, as it contributes to the laid-back atmosphere. Additionally, bar stools are a practical option for seating as players await their turn.

Sense of Grandeur
Although it may be considered a more casual part of the home, a classic pool room still usually has a grand aura about it. An oversized fireplace, for example, is a popular feature that can be both cozy and visually striking at the same time. You can also try designing with elegant materials, like an antique rug, leather furnishings and plush window treatments.