Whether the musicians in your home are practicing scales for the first time or rehearsing for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, their basic needs in a music room are the same. Our real estate agents have some tips to share to help convert a spare room in your home into the perfect space for them and the people who wish to hear them.
If air can pass around doors and windows, so can sound. Cut down the leaks with weather stripping, door sweeps, and soundproofing duct liner around heating and cooling ducts. Like light, sound reflects off of hard surfaces, reverberating repeatedly. Carpeting, rugs, and wall hangings go a long way to dull unwanted echoes and resonance. If the room does double duty, shelves of books and spare beds also absorb sound, as do heavy drapes. While you want the sound to be partially absorbed, you still need to leave some hard surfaces to maintain the natural frequency of the music. Hard floors with luxurious rugs combine the best of both.
- Adequate Lighting
Squinting to read or write sheet music is an unnecessary challenge that you can easily eliminate. If you prefer subdued lighting for most of the room, consider focused lights such as sconces, floor lamps, or desk lamps placed strategically for the benefit of the musician. Choose adjustable options when possible to accommodate musicians of various heights. Colored lights can dramatically change the atmosphere of the space without remodeling. Thanks to LED color strips, you can change the hue and intensity of the light in the room with the touch of a button. You can elevate the room from a rehearsal space to a private theater by simply changing the light.
- Furnish for Comfort
Both performers and audience members alike need comfortable seating options. Consider the instruments that will be played to determine what types of stools or chairs are most appropriate. If the space is small, cushions may be preferable to chairs for listeners. If space does allow, however, a plush couch serves multiple purposes by providing a place to sit while dampening sound.
- Create Appropriate Storage
Converted bedrooms generally have closet space that may be the perfect space to store instruments when not in use. Durable shelving can get amplifiers off the floor and house electronic equipment for maximum accessibility and function. When the room is well-organized, it will be a more pleasant environment than a chaotic space. A finely crafted musical instrument is a beautiful creation. Incorporate instruments into the decor by hanging them in a prominent space on the wall.
- Make It Pretty
Don't suspend your own rules of interior design just because the room is functional. Follow the style you have established for the rest of the home by selecting attractive colors for the walls. Use energetic colors like red and orange to establish a lively mood. Use cooler colors if you prefer classical or smooth jazz. Bring life to the room with plants or fish. Remember that fish are sensitive to the vibrations of extreme sound, so place them in a spot that is already somewhat protected from reverberation with soft surfaces. Everyone needs a little encouragement now and then, so try to accommodate displays of personal accomplishments such as awards, trophies, or even printed programs.
Several gorgeous Atlanta homes for sale, as well as many from surrounding areas, have plenty of space for a dedicated music room. Contact us when you are ready to learn more about your options.