how to reduce echo in double volume space; what to do with TV unit
April 13, 2014
1. The double volume stairwell is cold and echoey (travertine stone at front door entry). How do I warm/decorate this space and how do I reduce the echo?
2. This room is overwhelmingly white. Should I paint a feature wall in a warm colour? Also, the TV unit is horrible but built in - the wooden floors laid afterwards (so not under the unit). Any suggestions?
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I feel feature walls have been and gone. Better to paint all the walls in your hallway if it doesn't lead to having to paint the whole house.

You can reduce echo by laying a lovely rug on the floor, hanging a fabric design, such as a rug, quilt or curtains. All these elements will absorb the noise
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Material and "fluff" absorbs sound. Even wallpaper such as a textured grass cloth. So, rugs, curtain panels, tapestries... you could add a carpet runner down your stairs.
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1 Like    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:52PM
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Re too white:
/ a similar area rug as is behind the sofa would be better in front of it as well (the red is too dark for the sofa)
/ add some crown molding (painted white) between the ceiling and the walls
/ replace the white metal blinds with some medium to light grey wooden ones (perhaps 1.5")
/ paint walls in something like Benjamin Moore's Silver Marlin to tie in with the aqua colour in the rug that is now behind the sofa
/ paint the console a similar colour to the wooden blinds & change the hardware & add a door to hide all the cords under the tv
/ add some yellow accents

To absorb sound:
/ add an area rug inside the front door
/ add some art in entranceway
/ add a small console or bench in entranceway
/ add a tapestry wall hanging or other art to the wall in stairwell
/ add a potted tree to stairwell landing
/ colour for stairwell and entranceway walls - try Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter - not as stark as the present white & would go well with the grey in the floor tiles.
    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 12:53AM
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To reduce the echo add a rug and a tapestry to the wall.

If you don't like the idea of a tapestry, you can turn gallery wrapped canvas artwork into acoustic panels by adding egg crate foam to the back, and squeezing it between the frame.

If you add an entry way table, add egg crate foam underneath the table top, where it will be hidden, but can still absorb sound.
    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 1:12AM
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carpet the stair treads and add blinds to the windows.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 4:35AM
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