Balancing Technology with Decor

smart home automation devicesIn recent years the amount of technology that goes into high end homes has increased dramatically.  It is not uncommon for some homeowners to have TV’s and other devices in nearly every room of their house.  This has led to a push back from some home owners as they feel overwhelmed by seeing technology in every room of their house.

A Delicate Balancing Act

Since many homeowners spend a great deal of money creating the exact look and feel that they want for their home, it can often come as a shock when TV’s and other devices change the entire look of a room.  But there are ways of minimizing the impact that technology has on a home.  Much of this involves hiding devices in creative ways.

TV’s are by far the most noticeable and common technology in the modern home.  As screens have become larger in recent years, they have become more difficult to hide.  This is true even with TV’s that are now less than one inch thick.  One response from home automation experts has been to hide TV’s in creative ways.

Mirror Mirror On the Wall…

One creative way to hide displays is to use mirrors or artwork.  The TV is placed behind the mirror and only shows up when it is turned on.  Art can also be used to hide TV’s.  A client’s favorite piece of art can be recreated in digital format.  This digital print is then rolled up or down when you’re ready to watch TV.  These types of technologies can keep your living room from looking like a playroom all of the time.

Used in combination with invisible speaker and in-wall subwoofers you can create a legitimate surround sound system that is completely invisible when not in use.  There are several manufacturers of such technologies including Seura, and Artisan speakers.

Plan Early

If you want to be able to hide the majority of the technology in your home you should plan well in advance.  Have your home technology integrator meet with your architect, interior designer, and builder to ensure that everything is in place to hide devices that should be out of sight when not in use.  Even home automation devices such as touch panels, thermostats and lighting keypads can all be installed to have a minimal impact on the overall look of a home.

By planning for your technology in advance you can preserve the look of your home and reduce it’s technology footprint.