When you purchase a piano and bring it home for the first time, it’s such an important moment for you as a music aficionado. Are you having trouble deciding how to incorporate a piano into your home decor? You need a little bit of planning and some creativity to make sure the instrument fits in with your lifestyle.

If you’ve purchased an upright piano, it’s a little easier to style because you can place it against a wall and you can decorate around it. You can place a smaller upright piano in a smaller room, surrounded by larger furniture. 

Plan the space

When incorporating a piano into your home decor, you should start before the piano comes into your home. Measure the room where you plan to place the instrument. You should also measure the footprint of all the other large pieces of furniture that will be in the same room or space. Using pen and paper, or an app for your smartphone, you can start planning for all placement. 

Consider other activities you’ll use the space for

Maybe you have other musical instruments that will share the same space, but in most instances, Americans place their pianos in multifunction family rooms that are meant to serve several members of the family. Do you plan to use the space to watch TV? Will anyone need to study or work in that room? 

Protect your finishes

Pianos, though heavy, can sit in a variety of flooring options: hardwood, ceramic or porcelain tile, carpet, vinyl tile, etc. Therefore, as far as flooring finishes go, you don’t have to feel limited in color or material selections when you incorporate a piano into your home decor. We do suggest that you place caster cups under the piano legs to prevent indentations on the floor and scratching. You can also choose to place an area rug under the pedal area of your piano to help prevent scuffing and wear and tear on your flooring surfaces.

Storage for piano items

Plan to have at least a drawer nearby where you can keep sheet music, a metronome and other needs for your daily piano practice. This will help ensure that you practice often, when all the materials are stored in same space as your instrument

Protect your instrument

Something else to consider is that your new piano should be placed away from air vents, windows and doors leading to the outdoors. This prevents drafts, humidity and direct sunlight from damaging your instrument.

Choose the right colors

Pianos usually come in wood tones, black or white. If you select a black instrument, try adding light decor pieces and paint colors to help the piano stand out and your room will look bigger. Light curtains, or rugs are also a great way of lighting a room with a dark piano finish.

Don’t use your piano as a stand for decor items

Heavy items placed on top of your piano can scratch the finish, and affect the sound that comes from your instrument. 

Create a gallery wall

Bring some interest to the walls around your piano with a gallery wall that displays your favorite photos. Get creative with matching frames and a carefully measured grid placement; or have fun with different frames and artwork sizes in a more decomposed pattern.