The Sound of Silence: How to Reduce Home Noise

Loud neighbors, lumbering trucks, barking dogs, construction crews—the world’s a noisy place. But with a few simple fixes, you can turn your loud home into a quiet, serene haven.

atural materials have a long history of use as sound absorbers: In medieval Europe, straw was strewn on streets to quiet the noise of carriages on cobblestone. Today, we can use burlap and hemp to quiet interiors and dampen the sounds of cell phones and appliances.
Photo By Dan Sidor, Styling By Chad Suiter