If you’re a music enthusiast and you’re fortunate enough to have a space in your home that you can dedicate to your passion, taking the time to carefully plan your music room can help you get the most from your space while maintaining peace with your neighbors – not to mention the rest of your household. Fortunately, you don’t have to be on a design show to get the perfect music room. Follow these tips for designing a room that you’ll love.
Consider the Location
If you’re in the process of building a new home, then you have the opportunity to pick the best location for the perfect music room right from the start. However, if you’re going to designate a music room in your current home, considering how the room will be used, whether for band practice, performing or as a recording studio, will guide you in deciding where the room should be located. For example, basements are often a good choice for recording studios because they lend to better control over sound.
After you’ve chosen which space you’re going to transform into your music room, it’s important to consider sound quality and pay attention to how much sound is absorbed and how much is diffused. Striking a proper balance will help you create a clear sound and enhance the acoustics.
First, you’ll want to cover up some of the hard surfaces that sound bounces off of, like tile or hardwood flooring and glass windows. Area rugs with pads placed over hard floors and draperies hung on walls and across windows help muffle sounds. Second, if your music room is in your basement, you may consider installing acoustic ceiling tile, which is designed to provide effective noise control. If your space is going to be used as a recording studio, then you may consider investing in soundproofing products that can be applied to walls and ceilings.
Choose Your Lighting
The type of lighting in a room can have a significant impact on how a musician performs. Lighting isn’t purely functional; it also creates ambiance and sets the mood for the room. Ideally, your music room should have main overhead lighting, adjustable floor lamps and recessed lighting that can be controlled with a dimmer switch. If the room will be used for performance rehearsals, then stage lighting may be beneficial.
Decorate Your Space
In addition to the lighting you install, the colors you use in your room, the type of seating and furniture styles you have and the décor that you incorporate all set the mood for the perfect music room. As you’re selecting your furnishings, consider whether the room you’re envisioning has a relaxed, family den-like feel or if it’s a performance room with a built-up stage.
Personalizing Your Music Room with Soundwave Art
At Soundwave Art™, we have a full selection of print, canvas and metal music soundwaves, making it easy to decorate your music room with the art that reflects your taste and musical influences. Browse our selection of pre-made music art or create your own custom piece of art.