When I've visited homes for house tours, there has often been music playing, and I'm continually struck by how distinctly that music influences my interpretation of the space. We all know that music can set a mood, but can it also set a style?
Armed with a Spotify playlist and the AT Pinterest boards, I matched some house tour photos to music clips that I thought suited them, resulting in the video below. Out of respect to the artists, I've kept the clips in the video short, and if you like the bits you hear, you'll find purchase links for the full songs below.
I am fully aware that this is a subjective enterprise. My thoughts on a space are probably not going to be your thoughts, especially when adding cross-sensory input into the mix. I'm not claiming that the rooms I've singled out below only fit a single type of music (much less a single song!) or that the owners listen to the music I've ascribed to their homes. Nor am I advocating some new, strange process of decorating by ear. This is less a scientific pursuit than an attempt to integrate creatively two things that I love.
But a wholly subjective endeavor is not necessarily meaningless. Instead of thinking of this as having some "real," objective value, I tried to think of this as a new type of mood board or collage. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and trying to tap into the possibilities of music for my design style seemed, at the very least, like something a bit different and fun.
Having completed the exercise, I know that the final product was much less important than the process of making it. In forming these matches, I thought about the tone, tenor, and harmony of spaces in a new way. I tought more deeply about how they felt, the quality of light, and the overall mood they gave off than I sometimes do when looking at inspiration photos. You may not see the connection between Divine Fits and Traci's living room (#9), but for me, the sparse musical backdrop punctuated with a poppy, driving rhythm reminded me of Traci's all-white palette dotted with color, and in both cases, the parts add up to something more interesting than the minimalist whole one might expect.
All in all, this exercise probably won't alter my design process , but it was a fun and interesting way to think about how inspiration can come from anywhere and how, as people interested in creating homes suited to our lives and passions, it's possible to use non-visual sources to kindle the imagination. In the off-chance that this rouses any of you to make your own visual mixes, please link to them below. I'd love to see them!
(Images and music: as credited above)
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