Decorating Ideas Using Musical Designs
Musical themes can create a happy and harmonious atmosphere in home décor. Mixing old and new era decoratives provides many unusual possibilities. This article explores decorating ideas using vintage and modern music motifs.
Music Motif Wall Art
If you like antiques and collectibles, many unique items are available for musical theme decorating. Consider a large vintage painting or print to display as a focal point in a room or area. Subject matter can be whatever appeals to you – musicians, singers, musical instruments etc., in a pleasing style. Pictures of musical subjects are available from retro pieces of the 60s and 70s to early antiques from the 1800s or before, ranging from works of hobbyists to those of masters. An historical photograph of a musical subject or group used similarly would be striking as well.
Modern paintings, prints, or photographs also can beautifully create harmonious or happy feeling wall décor. For instance, I once decorated with an original oil painting that portrayed the back view of a child pianist, that created an inviting look when hung over the actual piano. Photos can similarly be used. If you enjoy taking pictures, you can create photographic wall displays of instruments, family musicians, or other musical subjects that you particularly like.
Antique concert or musical theatre programs, vintage postcards, and old sheet music are other items that would work well for music theme wall art. You can display these in groupings of similar items or mix them eclectically, or even overlap them in collages. For instance, you might collect and display postcards of children playing instruments only, or sheet music all about the South. Or mix old programs from theatre musicals in with vintage photo postcards of musical related buildings – theaters, opera halls etc.
The colorful covers of retro or antique record albums also make sensational wall décor for music theme decorating. Concentrate on albums with one type of music – blues, country, rock, classical etc., one type of instrument, or on a single artist. Or choose covers portraying dance groups, choirs etc. Many options are available. For a fun and lively look, you might hang some of the old records among the covers as well.
Music Motif Decoratives
Old or new objects shaped like or decorated with musical designs can complement your themed wall art. For instance, collections of figurines would work well. You could group pieces of varying sizes in several room locations. Figures might be of musicians, singers, instruments, etc. If you enjoy miniatures you could create a musical room scene or setting and display it prominently. Or concentrate on one type of miniature. For instance, a collection of musical instrument minis would work well for close up viewing and stand out nicely if displayed on a small or narrow wall space.
Utilitarian objects sometimes are decorated with music motifs, and can be used in decorating. In the 1950s, musical notes were a favorite image and decorated all kinds of objects. You might find older barware, decanters, or drinking glasses decorated with musical designs; perfume bottles, or various attractive boxes. You could put together some unusual collections to display by mixing assortments of vintage items.
One of the easiest ways to create a unique musical theme is to display actual instruments as focal points for your décor. Even rusty or recognizable broken bits can create unusual displays or framed assemblages. For shiny new or mellow vintage, what means harmony and music more than the melody makers themselves!