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Musical instruments are an important part of the home and even if you don’t have musicians in your family to play them, they can still be used for decoration.

There are a number of options for instruments from something as inexpensive as wind chimes to more elaborate pieces like a grand piano.

Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are a great option for the outdoors or the backyard and provided some pleasant sounds while relaxing on a quiet evening. A little gust of wind and those pleasant notes spill out of the chimes and make instant music.

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Piano

The piano is the other obvious choice for home decor. Depending on the size of your home, a seasoned upright piano or baby grand piano can meet your needs.  The great thing about musical instruments like pianos is that even if you don’t play, they can serve as a piece of sculpture, or furnishing. Vintage shops and used musical instrument vendors are often the places to find pianos for these purposes. Then, let your paint and finishing skills help you to create a unique work of art.

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If you are feeling adventurous and want to create a piano themed room consider these ideas, too, when an actual piano isn’t in the picture. When you’re looking to bring in a piano theme, consider paint your stairs or a wall black and white like the keys of the piano. And even if you don’t want to get quite that obvious, the piano keyboard pattern can be found in accesories too, for that musicial theme.

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Musical shapes and patterns associated with the piano are classic designs. When you introduce them, your room will not only look attractive, but will also help to express a creative spirit.

Guitar and Mandolin

Next to the piano, the guitar is the most obvious choice as musical instruments for home decor, since it too is a classic shape with energetic associations. You don’t have to be Eric Clapton or Eddie Van Halen on the guitar to own one either. You can pick one up at a pawnshop or garage sale for next to nothing.  Don’t discriminate on the type of guitar either as an acoustic or electric guitar works equally as well, although for that down-home rustic look, a vintage acoustic guitar mounted on a wall is hard to beat.

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If you are feeling adventurous or have the money, see what Craigslist or eBay have to offer. A collector guitar or signed instrument makes for the ultimate conversation piece.

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The mandolin, like the guitar, can make your walls look stylish and soulful. Instead of changing photo frames and wall hangings, change or hang a new mandolin on the wall and paint it in your favorite colors.

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Drums and Bongos

Drums or bongo’s are also a good decoration for your home. While you may not have the space or the desire to setup an entire drum kit, a snare drum and a pair of sticks can make for a classy conversation piece.

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Bongo’s also make for a nice addition and can be easily painted to reflect the stylings of the room they are in.

Tablas and other exotic instruments

If you are feeling a little more adventurous and have the time to search consider getting tablas (a type of Indian drum), or exotic stringed instruments and placing them in your home.

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They are less likely to be used than bongos and give the chance to be a little more adventurous with your decorating. That conversation piece aspect of things also increases pretty significantly too when exotic musical instruments are introduced. And these kinds of instruments are highly decorative any way, delivering a shot of real personality, a love of music, and a love of travel right into the room.

Musical instruments adds spark to interior design

Even if you’re not a musician, the inclusion and presence of musical instruments, and musical motifs, adds personality and spirit to any space. And, the shapes and decorative potential is built right in, adding a bit of melody to your life at home.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.