[ecis2016.org] We look at some quick ways, to improve the acoustic quality of your home, without compromising on style or spending a fortune
Studies have indicated that noise is one of the main factors of disturbance, in interior spaces. While office interiors are continuously evolving, to incorporate aspects of flexibility, comfort and aesthetics, in the home segment, comfort and design are the main aspects of contemporary urban living. Homes are no longer built in the traditional ways, with greater emphasis now, on aesthetics and designs that offer a functional purpose. The rapid expansion of cities and the advent of smart homes, are pushing more urban denizens towards consciously planning their home design and interiors.
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Acoustics often remains a neglected aspect of interior design and architecture. Although we may not think of the sound and acoustics of our home, it remains an integral aspect towards greater comfort and a better ambience. When it comes to acoustics, a home owner can look at a host of factors, from the walls to the ceilings, to upgrade one’s home.
Drywalls for sound insulation
Gypsum-based drywalls are a new trend, which is likely to gain prominence in Indian homes. Unlike traditional masonry construction, where acoustic comfort becomes difficult to achieve without increasing the thickness of the walls, gypsum-based drywall partitions, or drywall partitions, are lightweight and offer a high level of noise insulation. Health experts categorise any sound higher than 85 decibels (which is often encountered in high traffic or at construction sites), as an uncomfortable sound. As drywall partitions are capable of delivering up to 70 decibels of sound insulation, they are excellent solutions for preventing sound from traveling from one space to another.
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Drywalls take up to two weeks to set up. Drywalls can be used to create an entire gamut of multi-functional spaces – for example, creating a partition in the living room or children’s bedroom for a play area, or space for a mini workstation at home beside your bedroom. They are easy to set up and detach (if required), providing a hassle-free construction process, with 95 per cent less use of water. Drywall partitions come in a wide range of performance aspects, covering acoustics, impact, moisture and loading parameters.
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We often forget about our home’s ceilings, as we are busy repainting our walls and setting up décor around the main spaces of our home. Easy to construct, gypsum-based designer ceilings come in a variety of shapes, designs and colours and offer a smooth, undulated finish. Extensive and innovative range of designer acoustic ceilings are also available, with excellent sound absorption qualities, which are particularly useful both, in terms of aesthetic design and reverberation control. Especially effective for areas where high acoustic comfort is of utmost priority, this range of designer ceilings comes in various perforation patterns, for superior aesthetics and also offers fire and moisture resistance. Designer ceilings help immensely, to transform the ambience of any space and remain a practical aspect of home design.
Wallpaper is another easy and efficient accessory, to diffuse sound and almost never goes out of style. Coupled with gypsum-based drywalls, wallpaper is an easy way to spruce-up your home’s interiors.
Dense curtains and upholstered furniture
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Instead of venetian blinds, one can easily opt for curtains of dense texture, to keep sound out. This tip is especially useful for saving cost and time, as there are various options available, vis-à-vis patterns and colours.
Placing large pieces of furniture, such as dressers in the living room, bookshelves in the bedroom or desks in the study, against walls (especially thin walls), can help block sound from entering a particular space. Also, the use of certain fabrics of thicker texture, to upholster walls and furniture, are simple yet unique ways to increase sound absorption in your home. You can always experiment with various designs, textures and patterns, to suit your choice.
(The writer is VP sales and marketing, Gyproc India)
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