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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.

Photo By Dan Sidor, Styling By Chad Suiter
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
Gorgeous vintage tapestries are available via antique and secondhand stores, and they can help keep noise from bouncing around rooms.
Photo By Dan Sidor, Styling By Chad Suiter
Cover at least 25 percent of every room with soft, absorbent materials such as drapes, fabric, rugs, pillows and throws. We used natural fabrics from John Brooks (
Photo By Dan Sidor, Styling By Chad Suiter
You can choose from the wide range of eco-friendly natural fabric options such as these from Calvin Fabrics, Jim Thompson and Brentano.
Photo By Dan Sidor, Styling By Chad Suiter

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