Mar 25th 2024

23 Decorative Acoustic Panel Ideas


Acoustic panels help reduce unwanted reflected sound in any room of your home or building (that’s what makes noisy restaurants or offices so bad). Until recently, however, many people were confined to utilitarian panels that didn’t do much for the rest of the décor.

With decorative acoustic panels - and all that they can be transformed into - in your home or office, you can make a statement while you insulate for acoustic sound design at the same time. These 23 decorative acoustic panel ideas will help give you an idea of just what’s possible.

1. Turn Your Walls into a Functional Work of Art

Who says that walls need to be flat? These Pulse Fin acoustic panels breathe new life into any space. This slab-and-fin system fits into place effortlessly and can be cut easily to work around light switches or outlets. Bring in light play and dimension with Fins to make the walls of your client’s conference room into a work of art.

2. Lower Sound and Raise Style with Dimensional Texture Tiles

With color and texture as one, you can absorb sound just about anywhere. These decorative Texture Tiles come in over 35 colors including neutral hues and bold colors like the Jade tiles seen here. Install Texture Tiles in one direction to give the appearance of continuous flow throughout the room or rotate tiles to create a variety of patterns that maximize the tactile sensation.

3. Walls as Formal as Your Next Black Tie Event

Sometimes less is more. With these Balance or Sync Tiles, you get the clean lines and classic design you’ve come to expect from sound absorbing materials, but with subtle texture and beveled edges that make the wall stand out. Emphasize the pattern with color, or leave it in a neutral tone for a more formal look.

4. Let Pattern Play Become the Focus; Not Unnecessary Sound

The 7 sizes of Sync Tiles don’t stop there. If you like puzzles, you’ll love pairing Sync with any of our 11.5”x11.5” (Dash and Texture) or 23”x23”(Tartan and Racetrack) acoustic tiles or piecing together a Pangea-inspired Sync Tile install. Take these basic shapes and arrange them in your own unique pattern to craft a design as individual as your client. Create a wall that is as simple or complex as you want; either way the tiles will still function to help cut down on unwanted noise and reverberation.

5. Strong, Subtle, and Perfectly Suited to Any Viewing Area

A solid colored backdrop is important in viewing situations, but that doesn’t mean that your walls need to be boring. The sharp lines of Roman, Santa Fe, or Square Panels - from our collection of EchoLine® acoustic etched panels - help bring a subtle texture and interest to the wall. With its matte finish, EchoLine won’t take attention away from what you’re viewing, while at the same time it will enhance the rest of your décor.

6. Look Up to Lower Sound in Style

Create a unique, contemporary look while trapping excess noise overhead with dynamic acoustic clouds made from our PET Panels. From 3D Hex to EchoStar+ to Polygon, acoustic clouds effortlessly add dimension to any design to serve as a functional and fun focal point. Provide a lively and geometric aesthetic to any room and stop annoying sound waves when you suspend acoustic clouds overhead.

7. Let’s Get Personal with Customizable Panels

Get a completely unique and personalized appearance for your space by custom cutting our PET Panels. While our rigid PET Panels can easily be cut on-site with a table saw, water jet, or knife to adjust for outlets or wall size, they can also be expertly cut by our team and shaped into any design to fit custom requests. Cut out brand logos, letters, pictures and more to get a personalized design that can still help control the acoustics in your space, as they did at 4G Clinical for a memorable lobby experience.

8. Simple, Bold, and Uniquely Yours

You don’t need to have an art degree to come up with interesting or artistic patterns to adorn your acoustic panels. With Kirei Ink hyperrealistic printing, any acoustic panel products can be elevated and enhanced with stunning patterns, graphics, and photos of your client’s choosing. With over 50 prints to choose from and endless custom printing capabilities, Kirei Ink makes it simple to improve both sound quality and visual impact in any space.

9. Make Sound Cease to Be the Reason Clients Can’t Focus

Carrels, study desks, and office cubicles are all areas that can benefit from a little acoustic control. Custom cut PET partitions easily attach to desks with clips or magnets to create calmer work environments in no time. You can also divide, quiet, and conquer even larger spaces with acoustic partitions like Hexa, Coral, or Ellipse Screens. The EchoScreen® Collection effortlessly breaks up rooms, sound waves, and visual distractions all at once.

10. When You Need to Get Away from It All

You don’t need a room to be quiet at all times; keep an area flexible with acoustic control that can change as needed. With the Rolling Track installation option for EchoScreens® acoustic partitions, you can create a space that allows for a quick escape from echoes or easy engagement with colleagues. Get work done in peace or as a team - whatever the scenario calls for - with Rolling Track installation.

11. Not Your Grandfather’s Dropped Ceiling

Drop ceilings are common in offices and basements, but does anyone really like the way they look? These decorative Ridge ACT Tiles fit into the same ceiling grid that traditional drop ceiling tiles do, but they add a lot more dimension and interest to the space, while calming acoustics and increasing privacy.

12. Urban, Industrial, and Seamlessly Intuitive

Urban spaces such as coffee shops have trouble with echoes and carrying sound. And more traditional acoustic paneling doesn’t match the style or the feel of the space. These acoustic Fold Tiles are made to look like corrugated metal, however, making the perfect complement to urban and industrial style spaces, while helping to reduce some of the noise that can echo in these open spaces.

13. Make Child’s Play Out of Insulating Rooms

Who says that acoustical panels need to adhere directly to your walls or ceiling? This fun space makes great use of Ziggy Clouds suspended from the ceiling to help keep sound where it belongs, while also providing a fun and dynamic aspect to the room design.

14. Raise the Aesthetics While You Lower the Sound

Ceilings are one of the most common places to install acoustical paneling as baffles, because of the way that it helps dampen sound echo throughout the room. By installing decorative baffles like Void, Cutout, or V Baffles, however, you can not only enhance the acoustics of the room, you can also create a visually appealing design as well.

15. Elegant, Functional, and Everywhere You Want to Be

Acoustical panels don’t need to cover the entirety of your walls or ceiling to be effective. Nor do they need to attach directly to those areas. With the EchoSky system, you can choose the areas you want to help enhance the acoustics in, then suspend the unique panels for a visual impact as well.

16. Create a Room James Bond Would Be Proud Of

Shake up style without stirring up extra noise. Remove echoes from a conference room with the sleek, subtle, and seamless look of 007 using Pico Panels. As part of the Embossed Panel Series, the elegant Pico Panel not only creates a clean, streamlined look for the space, it also enhances the sound quality during your top-secret video conference calls as well.

17. Have Your Layered Cake and Eat It in Silence, Too

Never have to choose between visual and sound design again. Treat everyone to both with the beautiful, layered acoustic control of Pixel, Barcode, and Dash Tiles. You can enhance the look and style of any room, while increasing the tactility and acoustic absorption of walls. Complement any space – from a traditional living room to a modern office or restaurant – with a more layered and complex design.

18. Create an Office that Makes You Want to Come to Work Each Day

Workplaces never need to be dull, boring, and full of distractions again. Add life without extra echoes when you include the stunning realism of Kirei Ink acoustical panels on office walls. Printed PET Panels from Kirei Ink’s Biophilia and Natural Materials Collections offer hints of nature to improve worker wellness and productivity as noise is minimized.

19. Think Outside the (Light) Box

If traditional acoustical paneling won’t fit into the space, why not add it in unconventional ways? In this case, the panels surround the hanging light fixture to help absorb sounds in the room and improve its use both acoustically and visually.

Custom cut PET Panels shown in Orange at the Intrinsic Schools Belmont Campus in Chicago, IL.

20. Form and Function Finally Become One

Needing more impact than noise control alone? You can not only double, but triple the value of your design choices by adding style, sound absorption, and wayfinding all in one product. Deliver multipurpose sound absorbing products with Kirei Ink printing and transform acoustic panels into functional signage that can delineate space, direct occupants, or reinforce company brand and vision.

21. Make the Color of Your Walls the Loudest Thing in the Space

Color impacts way more than just the look of a room; it has a major influence on the mental well being of those within it. With acoustic PET Panels available in more than 35 colorways, you can choose from a vast array of vibrant hues to help enhance the look and overall feel of the room while providing increased sound absorption to make the space more functional audibly as well.

Custom cut PET Tiles shown in Ochre, Rouge, Wine, Orchid, Vineyard, Olive, Pacific, and Coronet

22. Greet Clients in High Style

Make a visual impact instead of an audible one. The Tessellate Pendant and Baffle are definitely not what you’re used to seeing. Bold-colored Tessellate Pendants and Baffles will make your lobby stand out from the crowd, while ensuring that there is perfect sound absorption so you can greet clients with ease.

23. Utilize the Full Potential of PET Panels

When it comes to acoustics, sound absorption is key. So with the reliable acoustic performance of our PET Panels, you’re free to imagine every design possibility and our experts are ready to help you realize the full potential of every panel. Start a project with Carnegie Design Services, available for Kirei, and learn how you can take acoustic panels to the maximum impact with color palettes, printing, cutting, product counts, and budget projections.

Acoustics are crucial to good business and a comfortable home life. Don’t settle for plain panels ever again; now you can get the style, sustainability (don’t forget every panel diverts more than 235 plastic water bottles from the waste stream), and sound absorption you want all at the same time with Kirei’s decorative acoustic panels and products.

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