Designing a music room can be tricky. There are a lot of things to take into consideration – kinds of wood, proper space, acoustics, setting, temperature; just to name a few. But it doesn’t have to be scary! Designing a music room is a fun way to add some color to your house, and if you’re a musician, add a new dynamic creative outlet right in your own home. Here are 5 tips for designing a music room.
1. Softening the Room.
If you plan on having multiple musicians playing in your new music room, you’re going to want to minimize the amount of reverberation. Too much reverberation and you’re going to feel like you’re in an eco chamber, you’ll experience time lapse, and your experience will be ruined. A good way to accomplish this is by using soft furnishings. Sofas, chairs, scatter cushions and drapes all work well to get the job down. What’s great about this is it adds another level of creative aesthetics when setting up your music room.
Dead acoustics can cause the sound to feel stale. Just as you don’t want to have too much reverberation, you also don’t want to have none at all. With the right decorating you can find an even keel of reflective sound when you’re playing your piano / guitar at home, especially if it’s something like a P105. Hard wood and ceramics are good materials to “wet’n” the room. Another option that will do the trick is laminating the floor.
3. Creating a Studio and Recording Space.
With the rise in affordable DIY recording software, recording your own music has become possible for anyone interested and willing to invest the time in learning a specific program. If your idea is to create more of a studio then you’re going to have to divide your space into two separate zones. A control room will need to be allocated for your recording and playback equipment; another room will be set for recording live music. If you don’t have the space to set up two separate rooms, don’t worry! You can easily create a sound barrier by using a sound baffler or heavy drape. Using a carpet to deaden the sound in your live recording area another way you can further personalize your studio as well as enhance its practicality.
4. Creating A Vibe.
Depending on what kind of music you plan to be playing / recording, there are plenty of ways to inspire and encourage your aesthetic through color themes. Creating a desirable atmosphere is just as essential as the products / instruments themselves. For a more tranquil approach, you could use off-whites or greys to get that calming, zen-like feel. Wall-mounting instruments is a good way to create a space that says “we’re here to make music.” It’s also an exciting first impression to give to visitors first seeing the room.
5. Consider Setting Up A Stage.
If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, and a large amount of space, one fun thing to consider would be setting up a live stage to host performances. House shows are a fun way to bring friends together to enjoy music in a more intimate setting than, say, a bar. All one needs to is to establish a stage for the musicians and invest into a lighting rig – honestly, flood lights would do, it doesn’t have to over-the-top. Hosting performers is even a possible way to make money! – though it may have to be donation based, due to state laws; however, if the space is there, it could be a great way to transform your house into something entirely livelier. Discover more..