Make Your Home Sing: Great Ways to Show Your Love of Music
Start the Day Off RightWith the honeyed wood and thin solid-surface countertop that was popular during the 1980’s, this bathroom might have been someone else’s candidate for renovation. Music lovers happen to be a creative bunch, though, and know that album covers can add instant intrigue to any room. With a wall grid framed in black, now album covers (and, off to the side, music posters) make this Dallas vanity an inspiring place to primp in the morning.
Express Your IndividualityI’ll guarantee this room was neither expensive nor time-consuming to furnish, and though it may look sparse to some, to others it will harken back the dorm days when music was all the creature comfort one needed. Set up much like a dormitory with white walls, twin bed, and simple, humble furnishings, individuality reigns supreme with nothing to distract from a special crocheted bed cover, a map, and album covers.
A Shrine to Your PassionToo often, we relegate our hobbies, or our spouse’s hobbies, to the basement. If their passion for music is going to get short shrift downstairs, at least let that floor be a shrine to it. Here we see album covers mingling with posters and a guitar to create a linear gallery wall instead of the usual grid layout. The cozy fireplace and seating make this a second living room that will encourage the family musician to practice regularly.
Keep It Down to EarthThere’s something about music that transports us back to our roots, to some nostalgic place where we first heard our favorite song, maybe to our youth when comfort and luxury were unessential. The good news is, you don’t need anyone’s permission to line your grand staircase with album covers in modern white frames. The angularity of the grid layout is an interesting counterpoint to the gracefully curving staircase, but the presence of a piano gives context for the wall and creates an identity seldom seen in a stair hall.
A Mini Music MuseumMaybe the coolest thing about a gallery wall is its potential for constant refreshment with new album covers added or exchanged intermittently. Rotating your collection may not only inspire you to dig through that box of vinyls in your closet regularly enough to discover old, forgotten gems, but the ritual could easily turn into a neat little social event. Host a record-swapping party to really keep things fresh! To set up your mini museum, use picture-rail shelves like these, which allow for broader expression than hung frames: For example, you can round out, say, a Beatles “exhibit” with vintage concert posters, books, sheet music, and album covers.
A New Kind of WallpaperIt’s 2017: We make wallpaper out of anything these days! Why not design an accent wall out of black and white prints featuring your favorite album covers, concert posters, or artists’ headshots? The flood of natural light betrays some slight bubbling and puckering in this photo, suggesting that this was a DIY project made with love. The supposed “flaws” are more than anything a reminder to have fun with the process, not take decorating too seriously, and remember that the details need not be perfect to be inspiring– much like creating music!
A common trait shared by many musicians and other artists is a penchant for the avant garde, the unexpected. If wallpaper appeals, but you feel like it’s been “done,” and you want to make more of a statement than you would by hanging a few cherished album covers on the wall, consider this tile by Ann Sacks, which resembles vinyl records.
Alternatively, create a wallpaper-like treatment of artist headshots that scale the walls with as much or as little negative space as suits your fancy. The black and white scheme is effortlessly chic, especially next to the piano, and like the cozy setup in the New York basement shown above, being surrounded by your heroes may be all the accountability you need to sneak in a few extra practices.
Pairs Well With PianosIf you’re noticing a trend here, it’s probably that albums and album covers pair well with the piano. They’re a no-brainer decor item in music rooms, whose highest ambition is rarely in the decor, as they are items worthy of display as much for their looks as for their practical utility: An old-school vinyl lends itself to being rewound constantly as you learn to perfect a chord progression or melody.
Tell Your StoryThe designer of this charming space says it well: “Artfully placed framed vintage posters give a sentimental look to this colorful fun room.” Album covers and concert posters make such compelling wall art precisely because the music tastes they represent are so deeply personal and loaded with symbolic meaning. A music fan can probably tell his life’s story in terms of what he was listening to when. Whether store-bought for the purposes of adorning your room or collected over time, posters like these are as much art as an oil painting. Whatever you do, get the special ones framed by a professional to prevent them from fading in the sun.