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Publication Date: 2015-01-26

Design Insights

​5 Ways To Quiet Your Home From The Noisy World Around It

Early evening darkness combined with the winter's cold weather means more time spent in our homes. It's during this time when we tend to notice just how loud everything is—the neighbors, the howling wind and, in many areas, traffic noise. If moving to the middle of nowhere isn't an option, here are a few tips (and products) designed to increase the peace inside your home.

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1. Move Your Furniture. Believe it or not, where you place your furniture can play a great deal into how much noise you hear from the apartment next door or even the home nearby. Placing a thick bookcase against the wall can help muffle noise, for instance. Or, if you are aware that your neighbor's living room is right next door to your bedroom, then placing your bed against a wall further away will help.

2. Great Creative With Acoustic Tiles. Acoustic tiles are the most design-savvy solution to sound disturbances we've come across yet. The Acoustic Weave Paperforms from MIO are designed specifically to diffuse sound and can be installed temporarily with double-sided tape, or permanently with wallpaper paste.

3. Call on White Noise. When weather permits, using a box fan, an air conditioner or space heater will help drown out noise. This will be helpful to those who aren't bothered by the hum from fans or heaters.

4. Or, Fight Noise with Better Noise. Sound machines, like The Authentic Sound Oasis from Hammacher Schlemmer, are helpful in not only drowning out noise, but soothing you to sleep. Whether it is listening to ocean waves or white noise, we think any choice is better than honking horns or sirens.

5. Insulate Your Floors. If you're living in an apartment, then your best option for floor insulation is carpeting. If not, try a large, thick area rug. This will muffle sounds coming from below. If you own the space, then you can actuallyinsulate the floor below the base boards, which will do wonders for blocking out noises coming from the neighbors below. Installation can be tricky, so it's best to tackle with a handy friend or hire a professional.

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