So, in my iTravels I've spent a ton of time reading through acoustics threads on message boards like GearSlutz and TapeOp. The information on those sites really is top notch, and all the people seem more than willing to help. I now know how to identify all of the problem frequencies in my room, how many panels to hang and where, how deep my bass-traps need to be, &tc. The problem is that the thrust of the responses and advice always seems to suggest an emphasis on function over form.
Now, you may rightly accuse me of being shallow and superficial, but I just can't work in dank dark places with walls covered in ugly burlap and lit by hand-me-down lava lamps. The problem follows...
I am one of the many who at this point can only afford to work out of my apartment. Problema: it's a basement. So, it's cold and close. Natural light doesn't exist, the ceiling pots are horribly placed, and blah, blah, blah.
What I'm wondering is how you guys feel about this and how you've managed to fix up your spaces so your brain can focus on making fantastic sounding things. What have you done for aesthetics and light; ergonomics and comfort? I'm not an adherent to the mystical/pocket gouging side of Feng Shui, but there is definitely a sense of flow to well-designed rooms that mine totally lacks at the moment.
Any thoughts/advice/photos would be more than much appreciated.
Apropos to the question:
It makes me sad just looking at it. That's with the overhead lights on too. I don't know how I ever managed to get anything done.