A beautiful and inspiring space to play your music in can be the one factor that'll SKYROCKET your will to sit more hours on your music, enjoy it more, and get better faster! So how exactly do we do it? I'm here to give you some inspiring ideas. Music room design – here we go:
Music Room Design – The DIY Way
1 – First, Get Some Instruments Around!
2 – Paint The Walls With Vivid & Lively Colors
Everyone notices the atmosphere differences between a plain white, boring room to a room with lively colors. Also, think about creative painting ideas and patterns. You can see that in my apartment I used freestyle brushes in orange and yellow. I love warmer colors but anything can work for you as long as YOU enjoy the atmosphere it radiates.
Take a day, buy some paints, watch some painting tutorials and go wild with these walls. It's not that hard to do and it's a blast of fun!
3 – Hang Vinyls / Vinyl Covers
Vinyls, especially old and classy ones – were always a thing that I liked collecting. There is something about this full sized art that is just amazing and very retro as well. Recently vinyls see a “resurrection” in some genres, but I will still always go with the used classic rock vinyls.
You can find new & used vinyls on Amazon and also on various eBay stores. If you dig hard enough, you can find bargains for as low as 5-15$ for some really old ones. The most expensive vinyl I have in my collection (on the bottom right of the pic below) still only cost me 20$ – it's more affordable than how you might perceive it.
4 – High-Quality Floor Speakers
5 – Music Pictures & Posters
Good ol' posters… Very affordable and always easy to find ones that you like on huge websites like AllPosters that also has an unbelievably huge selection of music posters. Either if it's your favorite music artist poster or a painting of some people jammin', you can't go wrong! Also – if you have good pictures that you took yourself in concerts or such, and they're of good quality, why not hang them?
Below you can see a picture I took in The House Of Blues in Chicago and later printed out on canvas. BTW, this band is The California Honeydrops and they were the best live act I have seen – they went down to the audience with all their instruments and just partied with the crowd!
6 – A DIY Music Collage
I came up with this idea by total coincidence and eventually it turned into my favorite piece of art in this world. In this post you can read more about how to do it yourself.
7 – Guitar Wall Hangers
8 – Floor Guitar Stands
9 – Turn An Old Instrument Into An Art Project, And Hang It
Recently I bought a used beaten-up trumpet for 40$ in a pawn shop in New Orleans with the intent to go crazy with it, paint it with strong colors and hang it later. Below is a good example of a project like this. When I will finally get to it, I will update here with a DIY tutorial and show you my own results.
10 – Miniature Instruments, Musical Merchandise, Etc
This one is easy. I bet you have some small things that you collected over time or some musical gifts that you have received from friends and family. Well, put them on display instead of keeping them in the drawer! Here you can see a bunch of super nice examples for cool music shit you can buy for cheap and decorate with. You can see a couple of my miniature guitars in the picture of idea number 3 by the sink.
11 – Musical Bookshelf
On my bookshelf I have various chord books that I've made myself or bought, books like “Jazz” and the “The Ultimate Guitar Encyclopedia“, autobiographies from Keith Richards (my favorite one), Bob Dylan, Anthony Kiedis and more.
That's it. Go ahead, get some new cool stuff and go crazy with your music room design and turn your room into something that will inspire you and your music each time you walk in it!
Also, I am no expert at all on the subject, but room acoustics are definitely something you want to make sure you get right, especially if you are going to play in bigger setups in this room – a band with a drums for example.
In this link, you can see a ton of other inspiring examples of different music room designs.
Thank you for reading, peace and have fun!
What are YOUR favorite music room props? Please comment and share your ideas with other people reading, I appreciate it!
Note: Most instruments are better stored in a case, especially because of long-term wear so pay attention, especially with solid wood guitars. Big humidity and temperature changes can do harm over a long time so if you leave the house for more than a couple days – store the instruments in their cases – otherwise – I never had a problem and my instruments are outside their cases most of the time.
*Originally posted on December '14.