5 Ways to Decorate Your Home With Your Favorite Albums
When it comes to record collections, what better way to showcase your albums other than turning them into a decorative part of your home? Music home decor, especially embracing a vinyl record aesthetic, is a great way to add a personalized touch to any room. From vintage storage boxes to framed pieces, there are a number of ways you can make your vinyl record collection stand out in your home. Read on to discover five easy ways you can decorate your home with your favorite albums:
#1 Vintage Wooden Boxes
If your home leans towards a rustic aesthetic, consider making use of vintage wooden boxes when storing and displaying your record collection. Not only do vintage wooden boxes make for a great option to keep your records organized in one place, but they can also easily be turned into classic-looking home decor as well.
In order to do this, head to your local home improvement store and buy as many wooden crate boxes as needed for your record collection. Once you have your crates, you can choose a wood stain that matches the feel of the room in which you are choosing to showcase your collection. If you are going for a vintage look, however, consider using a weathered wood stain such as driftwood, weathered gray, or dark walnut - this will give the wood a much more classic look.
The best part about these vintage boxes is that you have the freedom to stain and style them any way you’d like. That said, don’t be afraid to get creative and either mix a few different wood stains to get your own unique color, or even add your own personal touch by adding details with anything from paint to embellishments - the options are endless!
#2 Record Frames
While record frames may be a more common option when it comes to turning your record collection into house decor, it’s for good reason - you can never go wrong displaying your favorite albums on and throughout the walls of your home. Record frames add a unique and personalized touch to the room, and can change the entire aesthetic of the room depending on the album of choice. That said, there are a few different ways you can use record frames as a stylish touch of home decor.
Frame The Vinyl Itself
If you are going for a minimalistic framed piece, consider purchasing a record frame that holds and displays just the vinyl record itself. In a simple, square shaped frame, a classic record frame can be a beautiful way to show off your favorite artists while making sure the artwork doesn’t take away from other decoration elements in the room.
Display The Album Cover
If, however, the album artwork is a part of your love for the album, or if you simply just appreciate a specific album cover itself, this is a great opportunity to add unique artwork to the walls of your home.
Not only does album artwork give listeners a glimpse into what the album will entail, but it is also a way in which many artists communicate who they are and what they represent. That said, if your favorite album is one in which you feel that you relate to or simply appreciate in any stage of your life, displaying the album cover is a great way to personalize your space and showcase who you are in this time of your life. For more ideas, check out the top pop vinyl records!
How Exactly Can I Showcase The Album Cover?
When it comes to displaying the album cover, there are a few different ways in which you can do so. While there are frames created to display the album cover and vinyl record simultaneously, you can also get creative and do this in a variety of ways. Here are our top suggestions for ways to showcase the album cover specifically:
- Use a shadow box to make the album pop in 3D
- Display gatefold albums by choosing a custom frame
- Create a collage album wall
Opt for an Engraved Frame
For a more refined feel when it comes to album displays, consider investing in an engraved vinyl record frame. Engraved vinyl record frames vary depending on where you get them made, however, they often have a small plaque with the album information engraved just below the record itself when placed inside the frame. If the album you are hanging up is a sentimental piece, you can also request a customized engraving such as a wedding date, the name of a loved one, or any other important information that you have related to the album itself.
When it comes to framed displays, it is important to keep in mind that it may be difficult to access your albums once they’re already hung up. That said, you may want to opt for a “play and display” record frame so that you can make the most out of your album both visually and audibly!
#3 Wall mounting
If you want your records displayed on your wall but don’t necessarily like the framed look, there are also a couple of ways you can showcase your albums through the use of wall mounting.
Make Use of Shelves
Whether you decide to dedicate an entire shelf to your record collection, or rather scatter a few of your favorite albums throughout your shelf space, making use of your shelves is a fun way to elevate your home decor and room aesthetic.
When making use of shelf space, think of your vinyl records as books in terms of storing them. You will want to stand them up vertically alongside one another, as stacking them on top of one another will cause them to warp over time due to pressure. That said, you can use bookends of your choice to keep your records standing upright and organized.
Mount Records Directly onto The Wall
If you have a record that is worn and no longer usable, but you just can’t seem to let it go, consider turning it into a vintage piece of home decor. While it doesn’t make much sense to damage a perfectly usable vinyl record and turn it into home decor, you can most definitely recycle records that no longer play as well and upcycle them into a lovely piece of interior design.
When you do come across these records, you can transform them into home decor one of many ways including:
- Use indoor mounting tape as adhesive to mount them onto the wall (we recommend you test out where you’d like the placement to be by using painter’s tape first)
- Drill the center of the vinyl record onto the wall
- Hook the back of the album cover onto the wall
Just remember, when mounting a record directly onto the wall, you will likely make the record unusable once you do so. So be sure that you are ready to transform the record into a piece of your home decor indefinitely before you decide to do so.
#4 Coffee Table Record Holder
Another way you can display your vinyl records as home decor is by purchasing or making a record holder that you can place on your coffee table, or any table piece, really. A great option if you’re not sure where to start is by using a magazine holder as a vinyl record stand. As such, you can display your albums in the common area of your home, letting guests browse through your collection. More so, you can choose which albums are showcased on top, which also means that you can change up the display as often as desired.
#5 Buy Furniture that Doubles as Record Storage
If you’re looking for a more subtle means of incorporating your vinyl record collection into your home decor, furniture that doubles as record storage might be the way to go. Nowadays, you can find bookshelves and coffee tables which can be used for storage as well. The best part about using furniture with storage space for your record collection is that your albums can still be showcased without having to make room for them in your home - this is especially helpful if your living space is on the smaller side.
If you're a music lover who wants to take this aesthetic one step further, Victrola is home to a variety of record players that are also quite literally furniture themselves. From cabinets to side tables, and even chic music centers, Victrola provides a selection of audio furniture that looks just as beautiful as it sounds, and is sure to match the feel of your home perfectly.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
No matter how you choose to turn your record collection into a decorative part of your home, you want to be sure to keep a few things in mind when it comes to storing them properly:
- Store your records standing vertically
- Keep your records out of direct sunlight
- Use inner sleeves
- Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures, especially heat
By following these tips listed above, you can significantly prolong the lifespan and quality of your records for years to come.
Now Play Those Records and Get to Decorating
With these five home music studio decorating ideas in mind, get ready to spark your creative energy and get to decorating your home with your favorite albums - and what better way to do that than by listening to your record collection while doing so?