No matter what instrument you play—or how well you play it—a music room makes for a serene spot to practice, listen, teach, and learn. The trick in designing a quality home music room is to personalize it to your needs. Do you require a space off your entryway to welcome students? Or a hidden-away spot in your basement to practice your guitar riffs? Or perhaps you simply crave a proper space for your record collection.
Once you determine what kind of music room you want, you can narrow down the furniture, storage, and overall decor needed to make the space your own. For inspiration, we’ve rounded up 10 music rooms to motivate your inner artist.
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Combine Music and Wine
Wine, piano, and socializing—this room has it all. Just imagine the happy hours spent in this enviable space designed by Thomas Guy Interiors. It’s part cellar and part music room, with a gorgeous piano that matches the wood of the wine storage. It’s extravagant, that’s for sure, but something to aspire to if you equally love Bach and a bottle of Burgundy.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Get Funky With It
Don’t think one traditional element, like an elegant baby grand piano, means you have to dress the rest of your living room-turned-music room into a stuffy space. Quite the contrary, as evidenced by this room by Mary Patton Design.
Funky furniture, in various patterns, colors, and textures, add a wink of cheekiness to this room. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply a weekly piano lesson, it’s a vibrant, energizing space to encourage music making.
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Set Up an At-Home Studio
If your love of music goes beyond a casual strum of a guitar or tune on the piano, consider a recording studio-like setup. Take inspiration from this one from Nash Design Group. The key elements to making this room work: an organized desk, plenty of storage, a rich (but not distracting) wall color, and a window seat for guests to take a seat and listen to what you've been working on.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Get Serious About Vinyl Storage
If your record collection deserves its own room, take a look at this nearly wall-to-wall storage unit. The cubbies perfectly fit hundreds of records, which you can organize in sections alphabetically or by genre. By arranging a few records outwards, it creates an art-like moment in a design-forward space you'll want to spend hours (and hours) in.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Frame Your Favorite Albums
For maximum inspiration, keep your favorite musicians’ work close at heart—and within eyeshot too. That’s what this music room and cozy family room combination does. Ashley Canty of Interior Solutions Designs framed a dozen album covers in neat rows of frames. If that's not inspiration enough to grab one of those guitars off the wall, we don't know what is.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Create a Professional Space
Not sure what to do with the space off your entryway? Consider it an ideal music room—a home office of sorts for piano or guitar teachers. This way your students aren’t traipsing through your entire house and you’ll have a dedicated place to practice yourself. In this music room, Momo Wong Design paired an elegant space—with dark paint and plenty of books—with an entryway full of personality.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Coordinate Your Furniture With Your Instruments
Part family room, part music room, and entirely welcoming—that's the feel in this space.
"I love incorporating a client's musical interests into an interior design motif because musical instruments can so often be a design element unto themselves," says interior designer Kathy Kuo, "They add so much personality and heart to a room."Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Make Use of Wall Space
Floor space is premium real estate. So, depending on the types of instruments in your music room, consider hanging what you can on the walls. When hung safely, you not only gain back precious floor space, but you ensure your instruments—like a guitar collection—won’t be tripped over or knocked over by overzealous pets.
They make for great makeshift art too. The rest of this music room designed by 22 Interiors provides plenty of spots to sit and jam, with energizing jolts of color in an otherwise zen room.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Add an Unexpected Color
Two words: pink piano. This music nook, a spacious spot adjacent to a living room, suddenly has us insisting on owning a bubblegum-hued piano. The whole design by Burchard Design Co is both pretty and practical, as it’s centrally located for singalong dinner parties yet off to the side as to not distract from the main living space.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Dedicate a Nook to a Record Player
Perhaps you can’t dedicate an entire room to music, and that’s okay. Any living space would benefit from a nook that you can spin records on. This one from The+Record Player is a sleek, goes-with-everything design that would instantly elevate any living room.