How to decorate a room with a music theme

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How to decorate a room with a music theme
Pull the keys off an old piano to use in a found object art piece. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If decorating with a music theme immediately brings rock star posters or a stuffy, musical note wallpaper border to mind, think again. A literal interpretation of the theme can go from cool to kitschy fairly quickly unless a restrained touch is used. Inject interiors with a hip, harmonious vibe inspired by your favourite style of music through colours and textures, with only a few subtle decorative moments that point to the theme.

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    Select a deep wall colour, such as an eggplant purple or a midnight blue, to represent the deep bass notes in music. The dark colour will anchor the room and provide a frame for light artwork and furnishings. Add depth and texture to the wall colour with the addition of a metallic or brushed suede glaze.

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    Select all white furniture, such as a textured white couch for a living room or a padded, white head board and bedding for a bedroom. Add black throw pillows to create a decorative look reminiscent of piano keys.

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    Shop antique stores and flea markets for aged, original sheet music to be framed as artwork. Also pick up vintage black-and-white concert photos of bands performing and photographs of favourite classic performers, such as Frank Sinatra or Jimi Hendrix. Place the photographs and sheet music in brushed silver frames with simple, Art Deco lines. Hang the frames on the walls vertically or horizontally in groups of three. A four-square pattern can also be used with frames of the same dimension, style and vertical or horizontal orientation.

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    Visit music stores that sell used instruments and sound equipment to search for damaged or broken items that can be repurposed as 3D art objects. Glue piano keys around the frame of a round mirror or a retro 1940s microphone to display as a sculpture or use as a bookend. Check online auction websites for guitars or drums signed by famous musicians to display in the room. Repurpose music equipment as furniture solutions, such as incorporating vintage amps or glossy black piano benches as end tables.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't overdo the music theme with kitschy items, such as saxophone lamps or tables with guitar necks for legs, as they can quickly change the look of a music themed room from classy to cheesy.

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