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Shhh! How to Quiet Loud Rooms

Passive noise control ideas for quieting your home

By Kathy Barnes


If your home is filled with hard surfaces such as bare floors, large windows, tile, and brick, it might be a loud place to live. Sound bounces until it finds a place where it can be dampened, but through a process called "passive noise control," you can turn down the volume by adding layers of softness. Here's how to shush a too-loud room with rugs, drapes, furnishings, and more.

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Breakfast Room by Diane Paparo

Problem: Entertaining in an open-concept space is loud.

Solution: Choose upholstered chairs when you can.

When planning your dining room, for instance, opt for padded fabric chairs rather than those constructed from wood, steel, or acrylic. Although hard surfaces are easy to clean, they aren't particularly comfortable or quiet.

(When choosing upholstery that will endure, check out waterproof fabrics. Spills will pool on the surface, making them easy to clean and virtually stain-proof.)
Breakfast Room
by Diane Paparo

Next Slide >> Problem: Bare floors look great but are so cold.

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