This second part in our Guide to Buying Your First Piano series focuses on look and feel in your home. To see the full article and other criteria, click here.
A piano can serve many purposes in people’s homes. A piano provides a way for your children to learn to understand and appreciate music, a gathering place for families and friends and of course the mechanism to produce beautiful music. Unlike most other instruments such as guitars, violins or trumpets, a piano also becomes part of your home’s décor—and therefore part of its character and personality. Because of that, you want to get not only a piano you love to listen to, but also one you love to look at.
Before you select the prettiest piano, first consider the practicalities. What space do you have available for a piano? Identify exactly where in your home you will put the piano, since of course some pianos require much more space than others! If placing a piano in the middle of a room, think about how it will affect traffic flow—and make sure it won’t cause a traffic jam.
Also, choose a location that’s good for your piano’s health. Help your piano live a long and productive life by keeping it away from things in and around your home that can damage it. Minimize direct sunlight on your piano by avoiding putting it near a window or glass door. When possible, keep it away from the kitchen, heating and air conditioning vents and doors that open to the outside. This will help shield it from abrupt temperature changes that wreak havoc on its delicate parts. Finally, don’t place your piano anywhere where it is at risk of being exposed to moisture.
Next, consider the look and feel of the room in which the piano will go. Choose a style of piano that meshes well with what you already have—or with what you are trying to create in a room. Pianos come in many styles from traditional to sleek and modern. Use decorations on and around the piano to help connect it to the rest of the room. There are lots of fun ideas online for decorating around your piano. Here are some to check out:
For more ideas, read our article here.
If you’d like more information about buying your first piano, continue on toCriteria 3: Quality and Condition.