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ACOUSTICS IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Every environment that has air is affected by sound. A quiet living room/restaurant can be calming, while loud places like airports or busy gymnasiums can make you feel agitated. Libraries and yoga centers encourage study as well as meditation while theaters and concert halls rejuvenate and inspire us. This is the whole purpose of interior acoustics; to give designers the tools with which to bring their dreams to life efficiently.

Why acoustics are important in interior design

Sleek, modern, interior design schemes may be easy on the eye but not on the ear. A room without any acoustic treatment is very noisy regardless of its purpose. With sound waves reverberating around the room, noise is amplified and it can be difficult to comprehend any speech. Open spaces are especially affected by lack of acoustics because they typically serve multifunctional purposes, such as socializing, relaxing, and general “everyday living.”

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An example of applied indoor acoustics at a with thoughtful design elements in a restaurant.

Every environment that has air is affected by sound. A quiet living room/restaurant can be calming, while loud places like airports or busy gymnasiums can make you feel agitated. Libraries and yoga centers encourage study as well as meditation while theaters and concert halls rejuvenate and inspire us. This is the whole purpose of interior acoustics; to give designers the tools with which to bring their dreams to life efficiently.

Why acoustics are important in interior design

Sleek, modern, interior design schemes may be easy on the eye but not on the ear. A room without any acoustic treatment is very noisy regardless of its purpose. With sound waves reverberating around the room, noise is amplified and it can be difficult to comprehend any speech. Open spaces are especially affected by lack of acoustics because they typically serve multifunctional purposes, such as socializing, relaxing, and general “everyday living.”

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The Sound Absorption Coefficient of various common noise absorbents and materials

Acoustical rating systems
 

Indicates the transmission of sound through transmission material
 

Measures sound absorption/reflection by ratio
 

Acoustic rating found in most product literature
 

Rates the listener’s ability to understand spoken work within a space
 

Ceiling or wall panel sound absorption coefficient measured in frequencies

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