Designing Acoustics

Posted By on Jul 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Good home design is not just visual and functional; it is also an auditory experience. How does it sound as you walk into a room? This sound should be as pleasurable as the sight of your room. An echo in a room can make it feel cold. Soft furnishings, such as window treatments and area rugs, can reduce the level of the noise and create a warm inviting environment. Don’t be afraid to use an area rug in the kitchen. Stain resistant carpet fibers take the fear out of drips and spills. The type of flooring you choose can also help reduce the noise level. For example, a cork floor will absorb harsh sounds as well as provide a unique visual appeal.
Appliances play a big part in your auditory experience, too. If you are in the market for a new dishwasher, find the dBA rating (decibel rating). This will tell you how well insulated the dishwasher is, therefore how quiet it will be in operation. With a rating of 45 dBA’s you will have a difficult time knowing if the dishwasher is operating or not. Anything in the 50 dBA range will be comfortable to carry on a conversation and not feel as though you need to shout.
Balanced acoustics create a serene and comfortable home environment and will help you shake off the stresses of the day. Just one more way FA Design Build can help you turn your house into a home.

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