I'm starting a cosmetic kitchen re-do, and just took down the old wallpaper, and the valances in the adjacent family room. The kitchen floor is tile (which I'm keeping) and I haven't decided on countertops yet, but they of course will be a hard surface.
I can't help but notice already how LOUD and echo-ey the rooms are. I don't want to put back heavy drapes or wallpaper, so am I doomed to have a LOUD kitchen? Will I get used to it? What do the rest of you do to help deaden the sound?