Unless you are living in a secluded cabin densely surrounded by trees, it is almost impossible to escape noise generated from our modern environments. Even natural sounds like birds chirping are now being drowned out by cars zooming past. We are getting so lost in the midst of urban noise these days that silent noise is so scarce, precious and desired it now gets referred to as a luxury! But how can you improve your indoor sound quality? Why is silent noise important?

interior sound psychology

Researchers from NCBI state that sound has a psychological effect on us and in many cases impacts our quality of life. Loud sound, especially, produces a fight or flight response internally. Stress, anxiety, increased heart rate, loss of sleep, fatigue, and social conflict have all been linked to the environment of sound.

silent noise at home

Silence has become a valuable commodity in our noisy world, if there is one place where we can control noises and achieve moments of silence it’s in our homes. Creating a refuge within our homes, is not just about building walls to keep outside noises at bay, but also reducing sound reverberating internally. This is an even greater necessity in apartment living. As sound waves bounce off hard surfaces, creating a peaceful home is all about applying the right soft / sound absorbing materials in clever ways.

silent noise is visual too

This might sound bizarre, however simplifying and decluttering a space is a great way of eliminating some unwanted noise. A minimalist space allows us to concentrate on what is essential both in our spaces and in our minds.

silent noise at home My Nordic Studio Journal
Photography Avery Klein

interior sound absorbing elements

Acoustic pieces on your walls are not only decorative but they also add depth and texture to a space. A clever trick is to hide some extra acoustic panels or material behind artwork to help absorb some of that unwanted noise.

Laying a thick carpet or rug will help reduce sound reverberation within a room. Sound absorption will be compromised if the carpet is impermeable, so make sure you get a good underlay.

I also love love love curtains; they create such a visual softness within a room and at the same time improve sound quality by reducing the vibration levels. Look for material that is highly porous and incredibly thick to help dampen the noise and provide good sound insulation. Combining sheers and black out curtains creates an elegant backdrop within a space whilst maximising the amount of sound absorbing material.

Soft seating is always popular and a simple solution to improve acoustics and create a sense of wellbeing to open spaces that would have otherwise have sound waves bouncing off hard surfaces. They’re also great for creating a relaxing corner somewhere, a sumptuous way to enjoy the silence.

silent noise at home My Nordic Studio Journal
Photography Nathan Oakley

So, all together here are the top tips to reduce the acoustic noise at your home:

place acoustic panels, tapestries or artwork on your walls, soft upholstery like chairs and sofas, rugs and / or carpets, drapery curtains.

If you want to make your home even more cozy and silent, feel free to try our ideas about interior sound absorbing elements. It will surely be worth it!

Best regards,