Is your home too loud? Whether it’s road noise, echoes coming off your tile countertops and floors, or the challenges of an open floor plan while you try to work from home among other family members…there are some simple, easy ways to minimize noise in your home. Here are a few ideas:
- Cover hard surfaces with soft materials such as area rugs with a pad underneath and fabric-covered furniture.
- Reduce echoes in open spaces by adding bookcases against walls to help absorb sounds. Artwork on walls can also be used as a sound barrier.
- Seal doors and windows.
- Add sound-absorbing shades or drapes using heavy fabrics.
- Add some large houseplants to hard-surface floors. Sound will bounce from the wall onto the foliage instead of throughout the room.
If that doesn’t do it, then you may want to splurge and hire an acoustic consultant. They’ll identify how sound reverberates in your space and can offer a range of solutions using design and technology.
Here’s a great article that goes into more detail: