Great acoustics are not only reserved for music halls and theatres. Have you ever entered a restaurant only to turn in the door due to the noise level inside? Perhaps you’ve had your concentration interrupted by coworkers’ chatting in an open office. On the other hand – have you ever walked into a space that put you immediately at ease? Acoustics is a silent determinant of how much we enjoy spending time in a room. In the case of a workplace or a school, it determines how productive we are. In the case of a restaurant or a shop, it affects the likelihood of staying, buying, and returning. So how can we leverage acoustics to ensure we design pleasant spaces?
Why worry about the acoustics?
The quality of a room’s acoustics is increasingly considered in the interior design process, and for good reason. Not only do great acoustics increase wellness, productivity, and concentration, but studies show that sales can increase in retail shops as a result of improved acoustics.
Acoustics is a great determinant of the overall success for a business – be it a shop, a restaurant, a hotel or a conference center. Because of this, interior designers and interior architects are increasingly asked to design with acoustics as well as aesthetics in mind, and Baresque is here to tell you how.
Build it into the interior architecture
You may feel like fitting rooms with acoustic panels would ruin your overall design, but you will be pleased to learn that acoustics panels have come a long way from sound booth insulation. Today, fitting rooms with acoustics wall and ceiling panels need not impinge on the aesthetics in the slightest. Cutting edge acoustics are seamlessly combined with impeccable designs across a range of styles. Acoustic panels reduce the amount of reverberations any given sound gives off and prevents noise levels from escalating.
Leverage the interior design
Once the room has been built to accommodate a comfortable acoustic, there’s still ample that can be done to further improve sound, reduce noise, and increase wellness. While acoustic wall and ceiling tiles may be sufficient in rooms that don’t receive too much noise, it may be wise to consider further measures such as acoustic baffles, clouds, and more. For open plan offices and other large spaces, using Concertina screens may just be the great-looking, privacy-affording, noise reducing design solution that you’ve been after.
Further, experimenting with the placement of furniture and plants in the room to see how well they affect and absorb sound can be an affordable and fast way to improve acoustics.
Want to discuss your acoustics with the experts? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Baresque today.