Open layout is a very trendy solution that is used by many designers and just home owners, and it’s not surprising because it has many advantages: the abundance of light, visual unity of whole apartment – and it seems larger thanks to such planning, too. Alas, there are some disadvantages, and one of the most important of them is noise: when there are no partitions or walls, the noise spreads faster. How can we solve this problem? I’ve prepared some tricks that will help you make your space not so sound.
A large plain wall can reflect much noise but you can use wooden panels to reduce it. One more advantage here is that wood is very beautiful and will give your space warmth and a cozy feel.
Upholstered walls also minimize the noise level, I’d say that even more than wood, so if you like some fabric or leather – go for it. Of course, such covers aren’t cheap but look absolutely gorgeous.
Acoustic panels is one more smart idea to cover the walls. There are super stylish designer ones that can fit absolutely any interior, so you can easily find yours. Though it’s a costly solution, such panels will reduce any noise from neighbors, will keep your space more quiet and it’s especially necessary when you have a music studio or a home cinema, where the level of noise is the highest.
The easiest solution is using carpet throughout the space: we all know that carpets can damp down the sound of the footsteps. Better choose high pile carpets as they will be the most effective ones.
If you don’t want carpets or carpeting floors, opt for some other soft cover, for example, for vinyl ones. Avoid any hard floor coatings like marble or tiles because they will increase the noise level.
Add a tall partition or a space divider, which won’t effect the overall feeling of a large open space but will save you from unnecessary noise. Plus, it helps to separate various areas of your open space.
Large glass surfaces, like windows and balcony doors, reflect the sound, and it spreads throughout the room. The best idea here is hanging long draperies that reach the floor, and if you are afraid that they will steal the natural light, choose semi sheer ones.