Five stylish home décor ideas to soundproof your home
When decorating your home, it’s easy to overlook soundproofing. Blocking out noise can be achieved easily with style and flair using these home décor ideas.
Your home is the one place in your world where you are entitled
to relax completely. However, nothing interrupts our rest and
relaxation more than excess noise.
Whether it creeps in from the outdoors or thrives on empty
surfaces, noise has a way of making us feel more tense than we
A quiet home is calming and welcoming and finding ways to turn
down the sound isn't as complicated as it seems.
You don't need to start adding foam panels to the walls to get
peace and quiet. Here are our top five suggestions to soothe
and quieten your home with some beautiful interior décor.
Improve your insulation
We know the more popular
benefits of insulation are to minimise dampness and to keep us
warm in winter and cool in summer.
Comfort and health are two of the main reasons people choose to
insulate their homes, but if you're battling with that street noise
and you feel like you have tried everything to keep it out, the
power of insulation should not be often overlooked.
When it comes to assessing the pros and cons of insulation,
there are no cons to list. Insulation offers so much value and it
is one of the most effective ways to create a healthy, quiet
When you insulate the walls and ceilings with some effective
rotection, you will really notice the difference.
Add rugs to hard floors
Sound has a funny way of bouncing off whatever hard surface it
can find. Wooden floors and open spaces are areas where sound has
the freedom to fill a room quickly.
Wooden floors are a beautiful interior feature in a home and
it's a crying shame to cover them with carpet. But it can sometimes
sound like you're living in an auditorium.
If you're not a fan of the extra acoustics, add some
contemporary rugs to the space. Rugs minimise the hard surfaces
that sound thrives on and with the designs available now, they can
really liven and complement a room.
The great thing about rugs (aside from their soundproofing
value) is that they can be changed any time you like. Unlike
carpet, rugs are a less permanent and more cost-effective option to
covering hard floors and getting a new look.
Upgrade your windows
Wooden joinery can often be the culprit for letting noise slip
through tiny cracks. You may not realise just how much exterior
noise sneaks its way inside.
You can weatherstrip your windows to seal cracks and gaps, but
upgrading your windows to
double-glazing will bring big benefits to your home.
When you shut double-glazed windows, you quite literally shut
out any unwanted noise from outside your home.
Retrofitting is easily done and the results are amazing. Not
only will your home be warmer and dryer, but those sleepless nights
listening to street sounds will be a thing of the past.
Invest in some good, quality curtains
Quality curtains are not only a stand-out interior feature, they
also absorb sound which helps to quieten your home.
When made from tightly-woven fabric, velvet or wool,
curtains are a decorative sound-proofer. They absorb sound from
inside the home, but they also help to reduce the amount of
exterior noise from creeping in.
To maximise their effectiveness, hang the curtains high and let
them drop right to the floor. Make sure they have a good poly-fibre
backing and invest in a fabric that is dense.
Showcase your collection of books and wall art
Bookworms and art lovers, you're in luck! Your collection of
books and canvases can now double as sound proofers, and the more
Empty walls act as a spring board for noise. Bouncing from one
empty wall to another, sound will fill a room quickly if nothing is
done to tone it down.
Bookshelves and art work are beautifully decorative ways to
minimise noise in your home. Don't waste all that space from floor
to ceiling, gather up your books and start stacking.
If you're an apartment dweller and your neighbours are a little
noisy, fastening a solid bookshelf to the wall will help to
dampen the murmur between walls.
Lowering the decibels in your home sometimes requires a bit of
creativity, and when it comes to soundproofing, we often overlook
some simple additions that can make a huge impact.
For guidance on how to minimise the sound while maximising your
home's interior décor, get a professional interior designer on
board to help.
Interior designers have an eye for creativity and with their
expert advice they can coach you through any upcoming interior
At N Z Interior Designers, we have a directory of friendly,
skilled experienced and award winning interior designers throughout
the country who can advise and help with your needs.
You can visit our Featured
Designers or Find a Designer
pages to locate an interior designer in your area.
You will have the opportunity to look at their profiles
and read a bit about their work, their style, and references and