Music has a way of defining a person’s particular lifestyle. From leather jackets to bell bottoms, the trends that have emerged from musical styles are proof that music is meant to be seen just as much as it is meant to be heard. In the 1960s, teenagers plastered their walls with posters of the artists they worshiped and record covers became collector’s items. The idea of designing a space around music paraphernalia is often relegated to college dorm rooms, but it can be curated in a way that elevates the design of a space and reflects a person’s love for the music that influences their lives.
Classical music may be rooted in tradition, but an interior devoted to the soothing sounds of a symphony can feel as fresh and lovely as a professional string quartet. Swapping concert posters for vintage sheet music adds elegance to a space and presents a unique alternative to traditional art.
Rather than simply hanging an image that represents your musical taste, cure a blank wall by using actual instruments. This set of violins feels like a sculptural work of art when gracefully arranged on a wall.
When the sights and sounds associated with time spent abroad are translated to an interior, they often equate to an eclectic style. The same goes for the wide-ranging sounds of world music, which can be reflected in a space through a variety of instruments picked up during worldly travels.
Jazz is just as much about unpredictability and improv-based melodies as it is about laid back grooves. When placed next to a fluidly drawn piece of art, a saxophone with a silver finish both reflects that laid-back, jazzy style and presents the perfect ode to the chrome home decor trend.
Evoke the mood of the vibrant Jazz Age with bold colors and rhythmic patterns in the form of an old big band poster. When framed and placed above an intricate antique cabinet, this particular type of musical poster feels like a purposeful home decoration.
There’s a stark difference between taping posters of pop stars to your bedroom wall and tastefully framing prints of famous musicians. When using the latter method in a way that’s befitting to the rest of your decor, an artistic rendering of your favorite musician can both elevate and add a dose of unique personality to your space.
Bright, punchy colors in art are like a visual version of pop music. In ’60s and ’70s, Andy Warhol celebrated popular culture by portraying a number of celebrity musicians through his vibrant works. Today, his style still stands as a perfect representation of what pop music means to its fans.
Reminiscent of a disco ball, a mirrored backsplash mosaic brings the exciting environment of a dance hall to the kitchen through its glamorous, light-catching squares.
Owning a large record collection is admirable, but stacking them up around your space can result in a big, disorderly mess. A framed collage of your favorite records puts a musical spin on the gallery wall and allows you to express your love for rock n’ roll in an organized and artful way.
When curated in a cohesive grouping, a set of guitars become an artistic statement that brings volumes of personality to a space. A pair of big brass drum cymbals is on trend and adds texture to a room that blends effortlessly into any design style.
Although instruments, records, and posters are not considered art in the traditional manner, music is an extremely personal art form and can be expressed beyond sound. When used as home decor, these types of decorative pieces communicate personality and bring an individual’s love for a genre or artist into the space they spend the most time in.