Your own personal taste and style will of course guide your aesthetic choices in the studio.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
1. Lighten Up
Cue the studio lava lamp!
Cliche's aside, lighting makes a massive difference to your studio vibe, at very little cost.
whether your thing is lava lamps, pink salt lamps or LED strips that
change color. Get them in there and create the mood you want.
It's a good idea to get all your light controls near your work position
so you can adjust as needed from your workstation without getting up.
in mind that you want to have options in terms of the overall
brightness in your studio. At times you need to install, remove and
clean stuff in which case a brightly-lit studio is your best friend.
Other times you need to work and need light, other times you need a
creative vibe. Create different lighting setups to satisfy all these
2. Keep It Tidy
Can someone say cable management?!
Yes, a tidy studio is a happy studio.
Slay the sloth and invest in cable management systems, cable ties and even good old gaffer tape.
See this article to get your organizational juices flowing.
Also, have dedicated spaces for food and drink (not on the console, mate!) and client items.
3. Couch Party
Do you have some space in the back? A sofa isn't just there to keep clients happy. It also serves an essential function at those time when you need to go full Rick Rubin, Superproducer Mode. Make it plush, make it huge and above all make it comfy.
A good couch will serve the double
function of alternative listening spot and extra absorption. So, ignore
this essential cool home studio interior design advice at your own
peril. You've now been warned.
Consider the couch!
We may not
have the budget yet to splash out on some genuine Persian carpets. You
should probably get some kind of rug for your studio, especially if you
have hard reflective floors.
Yes, not only can a nice rug or two make a
world of difference aesthetically, it also tames higher frequencies to
lessen reflections from the floor. Opt for a thinner rug so your fancy
ergonomic office chair can still wheel over it.
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5. Personal Touches
A few personal
knick-knacks, figurines, awards or memorabilia can add your personality
and charm to your room. That said, try not to clutter up a space meant
for work too much. This is especially true if you plan to open your
studio to the punters.
few nice framed prints are another good way of injecting your style and
flair into your studio. They also have an added bonus as they break up
flat wall surfaces which may diffuse sound more and create a smoother
response. It may be slight but every little counts.
If you, like me, spend or plan to spend a lot of time in your home studio, then you realize that it has to be a place where you can work hard and not get worn down. Spend some time on the above 3 home studio design considerations to make sure you get the sound, functionality and vibe of your studio down.
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