Inspiration: Pianos!

A piano is a useful item all on its own, but the size of the instrument almost necessitates it becoming another piece of furniture. At least, I’ve never seen a piano in someone’s home that wasn’t sporting something on top – from stacks of books to framed pictures to lamps and vases and so on. And it’s difficult to decorate around a piano, especially when it’s a large piano in a small space. Often, a piano becomes the centerpiece of a room, but if you do the right things, it can become the STAR of a room. Here are some piano decorating ideas that are making me want to go out and buy one right this second:

Make your piano a focal point of the room by keeping it bare and decorating around it

A boring piano becomes exciting with a simple coat of paint


Big piano? Decorate to scale with big accessories to match

Your piano can participate in your holiday decorating

Or give your dull piano the classic mantel treatment, complete with a beautiful bust

If you have a piano, what part does it play in your overall decor? And if not, what part do you wish a piano would play?

4 Responses to “Inspiration: Pianos!”

  1. Carol June 15, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    My piano takes up an entire corner of the living room, so much that we have to move it to put up the Christmas tree each year. But since I use it (almost) every day, it can’t have a lot of stuff on top. Just the lamp and whatever piece I’m working on. The bust and other froufrou can’t be a part of the working piano for me.

  2. Maria June 15, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the piano is it’s soul! I am living in a construction project so my piano is still in storage :( but when it’s ready to make Its appearance I plan on using it as a partial room divider between my kitchen and living room ( one big space) with some sort of custom made wall of shelves behind (area facing the kitchen) it for cookbooks etc…It is a very tall upright so almost functions as a wall.

  3. lazydaisydays June 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I have to agree with Carol on this one. I have a hard time thinking of my piano as decor or part of the decor, because its purpose in my home is uber-functional and it’s just kind of…well….THERE. At the very least, it can’t have anything on top (it’s a grand), because I need to open it! I probably need to get better about figuring out what I can do around it (like the third photo down) to create a more integrated design, without interfering with its true purpose….

  4. Christa Terry June 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Thanks for weighing in! I know my dad puts stuff on his baby grand, but then he has to take it off when it wants to open it up. And that includes the Christmas village – not compatible with carols, apparently.

    @Maria That sounds like a really interesting configuration! Hope you get it set up soon!