Leopold Stokowski once said, "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." While the two art forms are very different, there is no reason that you cannot combine the two to make a wonderful and joyous retreat from the anxieties and stresses of everyday life. If you designate one room in your home as your "music room," you will have a place to unwind after a hard day, get excited before a big night, or just relax and spend your down time with the music you love. To really get the most out of this room, consider decorating it to fit your needs. You will be surprised by how much a little paint on the walls and a little music in the air can liven up your home.
A music room is designed to be a cozy place to relax. With that in mind, decorate your music room in a way that will make you feel most at peace. If possible, consider buying a really comfortable chair that you can lean back and relax in. While some may choose to use this room as a personal retreat, there is no reason that you cannot include others in this retreat. Consider adding seating for your friends and family as well.
This room is a great place to display music memorabilia. If you have signed autographs from some of your favorite musicians, display these in your music room accordingly. To preserve their quality, try to frame them and hang them on the walls. This is also a great place to hang band and artist posters. It is also important to keep in mind that your music room should be conducive to your sound and acoustic needs. A cold, open room with wood flooring is not necessarily ideal for great sound quality. However, any room can be made better acoustically with fabrics and rugs to absorb sound rather than let it ricochet across the room. These are also great opportunities to show your style by decorating with fabrics with interesting patterns, textures and designs.
Decorating a music room is not completely about displaying your music memorabilia or instruments. It is also about filling this room with anything else that you enjoy. The prime focus of your music room is to serve as a welcome retreat. Put in whatever items, seating or art that you wish. A room designed for you and your needs will ensure that you spend a lot of time there.
The most common feature of a music room is at least one, but sometimes multiple, music playing devices. This could include a stereo, a record player, or an MP3 player. Another important feature of this room should be some storage for your music. This could include bookcases for compact discs, media cabinets, or even mounted CD racks.
Make sure your music room is somewhere that you can really feel comfortable and play your music at your preferred sound level. This may require you to add extra sound barriers for the consideration of those around you. It is likely your music may make you want to get up and start dancing, which is a bonus, but it is ideal to lay a thick rug on the floor to cushion your dance moves.
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