Acoustic comfort is essential for ensuring wellness at home and in the workplace. Echo is one of the major problems in large public spaces with bare wall surfaces and hard floors. High ceilings, long rooms, and sound-reflecting surfaces such as stone, tile, and glass are some of the contributors that cause unwanted echo. These echoes are not only irritating and make conversation difficult to understand, but can also affect your physical and mental well-being. A little planning and effective use of the following solutions will go a long way in diminishing echoes in your space and creating a more sonically pleasing environment.
Wall Coverings and Wall Art
Wall coverings, wall art, and window coverings help reduce the amount of sound reflecting off windows and wall surfaces. Window curtains and drapes help in muffling sound and reduce echo and ambient noise - even large exposed canvas paintings add some degree of sound absorption.
One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce echo in a room, acoustic foam comes in various colors and patterns and brings powerful practical function. Typically available in pyramids, wedges, egg-crate, and other patterns and are built to reduce echoes and reverberation in a space. Thin acoustic foam will block higher frequencies leaving the lower frequencies to resonate more. So, based on your requirements and budget, opt for the one which is best suited for your room and needs.
Acoustic Room Dividers
Room dividers or free-standing screens are some of the easiest and most flexible options when it comes to reducing echo in a room. These portable acoustic dividers are usually created from felt or semi-rigid foam and can be easily moved from one location to another and provide acoustic comfort on demand. Acoustic room dividers come in various sizes, colors, patterns, and fabric options and will help you reduce echo in your room and divide a large room while maintaining your brand and aesthetic.
Hardwood floors are a significant source of echo in any room as they act as a reflective surface. Using carpets and rugs not only add warmth and style, but their softer surfaces contribute to reducing echo in the space.
Decorative or Art Acoustic Panels
The acoustic foam solutions mentioned earlier are highly functional but non-decorative - and this is where decorative acoustic panels get the upper hand. They are highly effective and practical solutions that also add a decorative touch to the room. From custom colors to printed art to carved expressions, you can create custom expressions with these panels that will bring visual impact to your room along with excellent acoustic performance. These custom decorative acoustic panels reduce noise transference and room echoes without being detracting from your design scheme.