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How to create a home music room

Given the fond memories we attach to certain songs or the way a melody can make us feel, it's no surprise that more and more people are rethinking their environment to enhance the experience of listening or strumming along to songs at home. Case in point: these inspiring spaces showcase six clever ideas for transforming a spare room, home office or dedicated corner into a stylish music sanctuary.

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1. ​Demarcate your space with a rug​

Beautiful floor rugs don't just enhance your decor; they're perfect for dividing up different areas within a room. Lay down a rug to create a dedicated music corner, and if you're a fan of greenery in the home, use plants to achieve balance. Bonus: rugs and plants soak up sound, so you'll enjoy enhanced acoustics to boot. 

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2. Invest in strategic lighting

Any musician who reads sheet music will know good lighting is a must. With options ranging from elegant chandeliers to sculptural floor lamps, practical lighting can add decorative flair to your space and set the scene for a grand performance space, even if said space doubles as a home office.

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3. Look for smart storage options

Sideboards and buffets offer plenty of smart storage for a vinyl collection, as well as a stylish surface to display your record player. Opt for an open storage unit or bookcase to keep your music library on full display—and artfully stow speakers between your records to make a bulky sound system sit seamlessly in any room.

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4. Consider comfy seating

Books help with sound diffusion, making a home library the ideal base for a music room. Set a relaxing scene with comfy seating such as a plush armchair or sofa that invites easy listening and curling up with a good book. Bean bags and daybeds offer an even more relaxed vibe, and if you're a fan of the retro look, try an Eames or Barcelona Replica lounging option.​

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5. Put small spaces to good use

Make the most of an awkward nook in a spare room or den by storing instruments, stands and amps in the unused area. Hang wall art to anchor the space, then watch it transform into a considered display fit for any recording artist.

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6. Get serious about sound absorption

Materials that absorb sound are necessary for keeping music contained, and in lieu of installing soundproof walls, there are a few home decor-friendly hacks that can help. Hang long, thick curtains that can cover windows (and even walls), and go for upholstered chairs and sofas over wood or metal. Oversized rugs that cover large surface areas will absorb more sound, and fibrous, fluffy materials such as wool, jute and felt do the best job.
Natalie Mell
Natalie Mell 17 January, 2022

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