Do Paintings Absorb Sound? The Facts Explained

If you live in a loud house or apartment, you may notice that your neighbors’ noise is coming through the ceilings and walls. While adding insulation and other noise-canceling structural features can typically solve noise concerns, they may not be alternatives for you. 

Paintings can add aesthetic flair to your walls, but they don’t offer much in terms of sound absorption on their own. A big painting or fabric textile will absorb some sound and help to reduce echoes. Soft surface objects placed on parallel surfaces will help to hinder the capacity of sound to bounce back and forth between neighboring walls. 

So the softer the surfaces of your wall art, the better. If you want to transform one of your giclée prints or canvases into a soundproofing option that also serves as art, consider having a bespoke print manufactured. 

Continue reading to find out more about sound-absorbing/proofing features!

What Is Soundproof Paint?

Soundproof paint, otherwise commonly known as acoustic paint, can be an effective way to reduce the amount of noise pollution that enters your home. 

This type of paint is a rapid drying, a water-based viscoelastic composition that may suppress vibrations and sounds. All you have to do is spray, roll, or spread it on surfaces such as your home’s ceiling and walls.

Once dried, a protective coating is formed on the surfaces that are both UV and water-resistant, as well as very low in combustibility. The paints used for soundproofing are environmentally safe, simple to apply, and capable of significantly decreasing sound.

Does Soundproofing Paint Really Work?

Normal frequency sound can be reduced by up to 30% with soundproof paint. When we talk about typical or mid-range frequencies, we refer to the noise created by individuals chatting. How does it really work?

Acoustic paint can lower noise transmission through the walls and ceiling by 2-4 decibels with each application. Because the normal application is three coats of paint per wall, the overall level of sound attenuation might range from 6 to 12 decibels. 

How Do Soundproof Paints Improve Sound Absorption?

The following are some facts about soundproof paints that aid sound absorption. 

  1. Soundproof paint does not actually offer soundproof; rather, it assists in sound absorption.
  1. Acoustic paint is distinguished from normal paint by its insulating qualities. The vinyl acrylic material is designed to give acoustic and thermal insulation to the surfaces on which it is applied.
  1. Acoustic paint includes specially designed soundproofing additives that significantly improve the paint’s noise absorption qualities. These filters are referred to as ceramic microspheres.

Soundproof paints are a cheaper alternative to other expensive sound absorption processes. 


Most people think of hanging paintings on the wall, but if you want to dampen sound, consider placing fabric wall hangings instead. Wall hangings are a terrific way to add color and design to a room, and they may also help absorb sound. You can improve the soundproofing in your space by using soundproof paint. 

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