Aspiring musician in need of music room ideas? Brace yourself for one precious home recording studio. This quaint, 10-foot by 10-foot room was once a drab, light gray box with wires and miscellaneous books, instruments and decorative items running amuck.
These musically-inclined mates sought a modern design that incorporated their eclectic taste in home goods and artwork, sizable book collection and a righteous space to jam out with mellifluous compadres.
I’d say I kicked this music room’s ass:
When it comes to designing a home studio, first think of style. Pick three definitive words. Here I went for a mid century / boho / scandinavian look and feel, sticking to soothing whites and light wood tones as the foundation for funky and earthy elements.
Then think: what is destined for the space—what can be stored, what will rest on the ground and what can be removed all together?
I love small spaces. They bring on quite the design challenge. I had a lot of items to consider when designing this space. When you’re dimensionally-constrained, invest in modern design solutions to get as much as possible off the floor.
In here, we accomplished this in three ways: 1) incorporating a custom built-in for much needed storage that comprised the entirety of one wall; 2) installing a modular desk that’s collapsible to fit more jammers; and 3) affixing four guitar hangers for functional, yet visually-appealing storage.
The ceiling height in here is just above seven-feet tall. By integrating a built-in, the footprint naturally feels larger and it bestowed the room one damn fine focal point, too. Think of all that delicious real estate for storage.
The built-in wall serves dual purposes: a perfect perch to place plant babies as well as additional seating for company. Venetian blinds add just the right amount of privacy without blocking too much natural light.
Next up, details. I kept in line with a modern–boho–scandi style by bringing in an earthy, eight-foot round jute rug. Just like the built-in, an all-encompassing rug helps visually maximize the footprint in a small space.
The modern desk chair adds a subtle, mid century-inspired touch to the space. It’s incredibly comfortable, made well and you can’t beat the price tag.
One of the biggest quandaries in this home recording studio was cords. Nobody likes to see them, but they’re required. My solution: find a lightweight, narrow, decorative vase that’s wide enough to fit multiple cords, but inline with the overall theme to not stand out. The 30-inch tall resin vase next to the modular desk worked like a charm.
There were three notable money-saving solutions in this home recording studio:
I kept the doors their natural wood tone, adding much-needed textural element. Painting them white would have made the space feel too sterile.
Framing a handful of favorite vinyl records brings in a rich and colorful element, is on par with the room’s theme and saved a good amount of sheckles.
And finally, my personal favorite, thrifting! Many pieces of sweet chotch were found in local thrift shops and secondhand stores.
If a custom built-in isn’t in the budget, considering finding an affordable wall shelving solution that’s right for the space. Perhaps a collection of floating, bracket-based wall shelves or track shelving will do.
Wishin’ you had a home recording studio?
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