If you’re a music lover and are lucky enough to have a music room in your home then you’ll want to know how to make the most out of it. Even a spare bedroom could moonlight as a music room when guests aren’t going to be around. But how can you best use the space to help you with your music practice as well as help you to have the best acoustics? Here are some design tips and tricks to help you make the most of the space.
Keep It Simple
In order to be able to use the space as a place to create and get into the zone, it is a good idea to keep the room fairly simple. If it is filled with too much; too many things, too much color, or too much stimulation, then it can be distracting. Some vinyl records on the wall from somewhere like Nationwide could be all the decor that you need. So don’t go overboard. If you want it as a creative and inspiring space, then limit the distractions that are in there.
Keep a Corner Clear
As any music expert will tell you, if you’re looking to record music or vocals, then you need a quiet and calm space to do so. If you’re in the middle of a room when you record, it isn’t going to sound as good as it would if it was in the corner of a room. So keep a corner of the room clear and free to record. When you do so, it is a good idea to make sure that all windows and doors are closed, as well as the curtains. Glass can be incredibly reflective and can alter sound.
Have Everything in Order
If you go in to practice your instrument, listen to music or mix some music, then you want to just get on and do just that. Similar to the tip about keeping things simple, is to keep things organized. Everything should have a place in there. Whether that is your instrument, sheet music, or equipment. Keep it all in order so you can have a stress-free and clear mind in there.
Use a Dehumidifier
Being in a room that is too humid can greatly affect your musical instruments. So if you have plenty in there, such as a piano, keyboard, guitar, or violin, then you want to keep them as ‘dry’ as possible. Humidity can affect the instruments, as well as the acoustics in the room. In winter, rooms are likely to be more moist. Which is where a humidifier can be really helpful.
To really make the most of your music room, then you won’t want to worry about disturbing others or your neighbors. Which is where soundproofing could some in. Essentially, you need another layer on the walls, which could be achieved by yourself through added curtains all around the room, or adding padding to the walls and then covering it. If you’re not sure how long it will be a music room, then this might be a step too far for you. So consider your home and your needs first.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.