Audio rooms are a hot commodity among homeowners in 2020, according to a recent Pinterest report. Up a whopping 803 per cent in searches on the social media platform compared to last year, there’s an undeniable trend veering toward carving spaces for music in the home – whether you play an instrument or just want an escape room to enjoy your favourite tunes. Regardless of if you live in a house with soaring ceilings or a tiny condo with minimal space, there are plenty of ways you can craft an audio room unique to your passions. From wall-mounted instruments and unique soundproofed walls to thrifted decor and accent walls, there’s something for everyone.
Bang on the Drums All Day
The Backyard Builds team always have a knack for elevating a simple room to the next level. This tiny space gets a complete overhaul, transformed it into a music den complete with patterns cut into the coloured soundproofing boards and plenty of natural light flowing through via the “garage band” inspired wall. (Yes, that’s a wall). Find more home decor trends for 2020, according to Pinterest.
Creating an audio room doesn’t have to break the bank: a simple coat of paint or bold accent wall can go a long way toward making the space more creative and inviting. You can even try one of these unexpected wallpaper ideas that don’t involve walls.
Sometimes you just need a timeout to unwind, especially when listening to your music or having a mini jam session. That’s why Sarah and Bryan Baeumler installed this chic hammock chair that is both fun for kids, but relaxing enough for anyone to hang out on.
If you’ve got ceilings that reach up to the sky, an audio room would make recording sessions that much more dramatic. Imagine the awesome reverberations that would come out of a space like this, whether you’re playing the piano or strumming a guitar. Take the full tour of Luke Skywalker’s $26.5 million Hidden Hills estate.
Sometimes a living room is the prime location to create beautiful music. We love the vintage vibes in this audio room that boasts a wood-burning fireplace, carved marble mantel and reclaimed chestnut floors. How could it not contribute to a musician’s overall creativity? See more of Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard’s beautiful Brooklyn brownstone.
Turn it Down
Consider subtle decor pieces that suggest (but don’t necessarily scream) audio room. This 1970s-inspired living room pays homage to the homeowners’ musical roots – the wall-mounted guitar, the LPs and record player – without overpowering the space.
Wish your audio room was bigger? Mirrors, especially the floor-to-ceiling variety, create a sense of spaciousness and can visually expand your room when the natural light from outside bounces off it. Find more staging tricks that will make a tiny room look bigger.
Welcome to Music City
We get it: sometimes you just don’t have the space to carve an audio room into your living quarters. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon some of the unique decor items you’ve purchased, like the Property Brothers have done here. For budget-friendly decor that is also kind to the environment, consider buying pieces from antique stores, flea markets or thrift ships. There are plenty of other eco-friendly home renovations that can save you money.