The rec room has come a long way since I was child. In the 1970s, our play spaces often had a slight whiff of mildew and felt more dungeon-like than divine. Think concrete floors, painted brick walls and the occasional piece of discarded furniture covered haphazardly with a blanket. In the 21st century, though, we are all looking to make the most of every square inch we have - and that includes the basement, which can be a challenge to decorate. But by focusing on furnishings that are both practical and inviting and adding interest with colour, fabrics and paint, you can easily make your rec room a destination that's every bit as chic as any other.