Design for the Senses: Hearing

Learn how different sounds can affect the senses when it comes to decorating.

  • The hedge made up of a row of six-foot arborvitae (at right) offers these homeowners the privacy and sound barrier needed in order to separate their front yard from the sounds of their neighbors' connecting backyard and garage.
  • Carpet is a smart flooring option for a second-floor bedroom because it eliminates much of the potential noise from the lower level.
  • The French doors between this living room/dining room and dining room/office area provide a sound division so that each room can be occupied and functional at the same time.
  • These recycled eco-resin sliding panels effectively protect this master bedroom from some of the loud sounds often associated with a loft space.
  • The eco-friendly cork floor in this kitchen absorbs many of the noises associated with working kitchens.
  • This one may seem a little odd, but actually is pretty obvious. Decorate a room in which music is to be played by filling it with musical instruments and related accessories. It is a good way to indicate the intention of the space.
  • The modern makeover in this kitchen was done to increase the home's market value so that the homeowner, a professional cellist, could use the profits from the sale to buy a rare and expensive cello.
  • Updating a home's curb appeal is a good way to distract potential buyers from a home's close proximity to a noisy highway.
  • The soft soothing colors in this master bedroom downplay the visual noise that was previously present from the bright-red wall paint.
  • Finishing off this laundry room keeps the busy sounds of the washer and dryer from interrupting relaxing time spent in the family room next door.
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