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Asked on May 22, 2019

Would a big indoor plant improve the acoustics of a room?

Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CASimple Decorating TipsJJ


Our TV room sounds very hollow because there are no curtains or fabric covered furniture. Would indoor plants make any difference?

7 answers
  • Little Sprouts Learning
    on May 22, 2019

    It would help some, but you'll probably need more soft things as well.

    on May 22, 2019

    It could help. I think an area rug would be more helpful though.

  • A plant might help a little, but isn't going to make that much of a difference. You need fabric, a rug, pillows, a ladder with quilts hanging on it, etc.

  • Nan W.
    on May 22, 2019

    Thea: Maybe lay down a large area rug instead.

  • JJ
    on May 22, 2019

    The hollow sound is caused by the acoustic signals reflecting off the walls, floors, and ceilings. The general suggestions above about soft things are true, but keep in mind that you need both enough things to help soften the reflections, but also the things used need to be sufficiently non-reflective for sound/acoustic waves to do what you want. So for the large area rug, you don't want a thin hard rug similar in texture to a car floor mat.

    You can find lots of info on line from a DIY standpoint that provides more details. I did a general search for "DIY acoustic softening for bare walls" and several sites have more detailed suggestions for you.

  • Simple Decorating Tips
    on May 22, 2019

    I'm sure it would help

  • Wow, sounds cold and institutional. Why no fabrics? I get minimalist, but not to the point that it is so stark that it appears cold and unwelcoming, plants will help pretty up the place, but not do much to change acoustics. You need rugs, pillows, throws, etc. Is there a medical reason?

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