Don't be afraid to embrace the piano for what it is. Shabby, distressed, classic and clean--what you hang over it and put on it can contribute to and elevate the instrument's natural beauty and individuality.
I adore the chalky painting in the background, tying in the dark wood of both the piano and the chair legs. These elements create a very put-together (without overly formal) look. The piano definitely belongs in this small salon, but has its own space in this segmented but well-flowing room. For even less formal elegance, the painting could be a chalkboard panel for children (and adults) to enjoy.
Perfect corner filler, whether the piano actually gets played or not. Though an upright should never be placed on an outside wall, especially in extreme climates, this grand piano sits gracefully on its own, standing out while STAYING out of the way and of harsh temperatures.
This upright keeps it simple by matching the wood tones of the room. The painting hanging to the left rather than directly over the piano brilliantly balances the wall and not only fills a blank corner but adds a balance to make the blank space below it deliberate and refreshing.
Once again this piano is integrated in the room but isn't in everyone's faces. Love the style and color and how it smoothly fits right into the room's personality.
This piano was meant to stand out. It gives grounded weight in the light, airy room--especially with a light flooring. Other dark pieces like the chair in the background bring a balance and continuity.
Such a piano can easily over take a small room like this. Keeping the rest of the room pared down and adding other black detailing like the black in the hanging frames keeps the look deliberate and not overwhelming.
The range of black--from white to gray to black--is so elegant here. The curvature on the window dressings, the armchairs, the steps, and little touches like the floral arrangements bring a softness while retaining a bold elegance.
Love how this piano keeps it simple by matching the woodwork--and I love the background wall, pulling it all in. So simple. So stylish. So calm.
Love how the dark upright and the piano and the unusual door coincide so well.
Here the color and placement of the piano stands out but fits with the color palate and weight of the rest of the wood and materials in the room, keeping it from standing out too starkly.
Now this is how to do a large grand piano in a small space. Make it deliberate, keep the surroundings simple, open the piano up for a great acoustics and a great shape, and enjoy.
Here's a cute little upright tucked away with nice decor (and that retro metronome) on top.
A sleeker upright also tucked into a corner with a completely different aesthetic added by its surroundings.
In the absence of a traditional full-size piano, you can use a weighted keyboard (which means that the keys are sensitive to finger pressure like on a piano) and create a music center just the same. Look how cute.