Crack opens the door to self-described “kawaii tech creator” Celeste Fleurs‘ room, and suddenly you’ll feel like you’re living your life as strawberries on some Fruity Pebbles cereal. like countless others players onlineFleurs specializes in “pastel play,” a term of Japanese origin. kawaii aestheticsand perhaps the need to distinguish from what humble black leather and plastic game companies are trying to prey on men. Instead, pastel play pushes a cool maximalism. picking peaches animal path. Decorate your shelves with furry creatures of all kinds. loose-jawed Kirby keyboard keys, and spreading pink areas. Lots of pink. You can take action in a few easy steps, not just by investing in Razor’s renowned Quartz range.
So if you’re convinced or always wanted a piece of candy, Fleurs and Teny, cute stuff expert Content creator @10eegaming helped me put together some advice on how to bring your current playground to sweet galaxy.
Discover your design preferences
Pink, purple, and cat-ear headphones make up some of the most popular pastel game design options, but that doesn’t mean you have to practice them. “Cute” is a personal thing – before transforming your space, decide which images, colors and elements resonate with you. Above all, your playground should feel like an expression of “you” and what you love,” 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 if you’re fine with any comfy chair like the $499 dolphin blue, your options open up even more. Autonomous ErgoChair Pro. More affordable, well-performing, and yet colorful options can be found everywhere. big box retailers and also furniture sites like Wayfair and range attractive game tables It’s under $150.
The keycaps are jewel-like in the sense that there are many of them and they all feel special to hold, but some pastel standouts include $29.99. Epomaker Honey Milk Set Inspired by Apollo 11 Genespeed Drop and MiTo set and most Pom Jelly Series, which turns your keyboard into a marshmallow tray. Let your keyboard rest on a waterproof mat from Amazon horse and summer scene From Etsy, then roll your wrists over this purple bunny horse swimming Magikarp. Pretty coiled cables available in all shades He mechanisms and Alpaca Cables, and you can customize everything with paint and tape. Fleurs made its motherboard pink with these simple tools.
But try not to think too much and don’t feel the need to push your budget. “The decoration is, ‘Where should I put this object?’ “Each room is built piecemeal and is always a work in progress,” said Teny. Change is part of the process, so let it experiment.
Get really online
Once you’ve identified the general things and colors you want to see in your playroom, go back to the internet’s earliest years for inspiration. Reviewing Amazon is effortless, but not everyone knows the many joys of niche Etsy storefronts and Ebay art. In particular, as we discussed, you should take full advantage of the internet as a place for like-minded weirdos with your pastel game setup, which is highly personalized and personal.
My top online shopping tips: Search for the most exclusive fanciful items on Etsy and marvel at things that seem straight out of your imagination. I’m obsessed with these delicate things wildflower keyboard keys, e.g. Download the Ebay app for cheap old finds and make reasonable offers to get them even cheaper. On both platforms, save items to your favorites (and avoid impulsive purchases) to stay organized.
Other online stores you might want to check out for pastel gaming needs, courtesy of Fleurs:
- SakuraiArmory On Etsy and Instagram: “A US couple making custom fan cover decorations for gaming PCs and wall plates, I’m even posting some designs in collaboration with them!” said Fleurs.
- Gas Lungs On Instagram: “A small UK business that produces truly unique furniture that you can order to be customized exactly the way you want it. Two words: Sanrio tables.”
- superlove.store: “An independent Australian business that produces stickers, stickers and some other cute accessories. Their ‘Haku’ and ‘Game Over!’ Stickers on my computer.”
- SugoiMart.com: “By a Tokyo-based company Japan Chest it has a lot of different anime items, game stuff and household items.”
- neonfreek.com: “A company that makes really cool custom neon signs! I want it so bad.”
You’ll also find a strong pastel game community online. “I owe so much to the incredible. #player girl and #kawaiigamer Community on Instagram and TikTok,” Teny said. “There are so many inspiring women who share their loved ones, and collectively we are having a direct influence on gaming companies to create more products for female gamers.”
“I’m millennial and I remember buying cat-ear headbands from Claire’s in the mid-2000s and thinking, ‘I wish they made cat-ear headphones,’ when they didn’t exist,” he continued. “Now you can find hundreds of varieties!”
Some of all these cat-ear headphones: Must recommend RazerComing in pink or black, the take has the best performance on the market and currently on sale for $99.99more affordable Somic G951s removable cat ears and this is Robocop looking headphone from phoinicas. You can find beautiful, high-performance sets for pastel lovers who value their real ears more than plastic ones. by Logitech, Bose, Sonyand Astro Gaming’s A10s.
As for Teny’s favorite Etsy stores, try LuxSkinsOfficial, Ccustoms and repairand PrintablesYeg, purchased a custom-made Switch Lite TV holder here. Etsy Kingdom cute Change accessories you’ve never seen before in your lifelike custom thumb grips and bespoke controller color combinations.
Online, the sheer amount of content can scare you. thing seems to exist for gamers and pastel enthusiasts. Being. Your pastel playground should prioritize happiness and a sense of peace over consumerism.
In fact, “one of my biggest inspirations when designing my space actually comes from Marie Kondo’s book. Spark of JoyThis process starts by recognizing which objects are closest to our hearts and gives us excitement and inspiration,” said Teny.
“Another good way to describe joy can come from childhood nostalgia, which is why Nintendo and Sanrio have such a strong presence in my space,” he continued. “I think the best aesthetic is the one that naturally snaps into place when we truly and uniquely listen to our hearts. So my playroom helps me maximize my own personal sense of joy.”
You don’t need to spend a lot to cultivate joy. “Most of my decorations were super low-budget – framed paintings I either printed from the internet or cut out drawings from a shōjo manga magazine or the 2020 Pusheen calendar,” Teny said. “The fake plants are all from my local dollar store. I also visit secondhand shops for more unique finds.”
“There is so much you can do on a limited budget,” he continued. “Stores like Daiso and Miniso are also Target and Ikea for great options and basics for plush toys and home decor.” While both blowing open Buy a room and in general, rarely and deliberately small.
make do with what you have
In this spirit, Teny recommends that others try transforming objects they already have by “spray-painting them a different color, adding decals, swapping out drawer pulls, or folding a patterned piece of fabric.” Valuing what you already have will save you time and money (and the planet!).
“Decorating an entire playroom and doing an installation, Good expensive hobby or side interest,” said Fleurs.
Fleurs prefers to spend time on design purchases to make sure she really wants the item and that it will be really useful to her. “I see installation as a kind of long-term journey, so I don’t feel the need to take everything at once. I think that’s a healthy way to look at it too, because it makes it more personal – it also helps on the more consumer side, because whatever you embellish is more valuable to you. will be,” he said.