As you make your home more and more smart compatible and fill it with fun, high-tech devices, it may seem as if it's clashing with your style. But, that doesn't have to be the case. There are plenty of ways you can preserve your design style while having all the home tech you want. And we're here to help you find the best design option for your home! Here are our best tips and tricks for cleverly hiding technology in plain sight. Take a look!
In Plain Sight
The perfect hiding spot for your smaller devices is sometimes in plain sight. Places like baskets, shelves, or even plants can hide small devices like voice-activated assistants or speakers. Keep your gadget in a stylish woven basket, and place a small plant next to it to conceal the device further. You can also hide them behind pictures or items on shelves, same with other small equipment. You could even disguise wires behind a curtain. Get crafty! You may already know of a great spot!
Opt for an Entertainment Center
Television cables are one of the most noticeable places that could do with a clever cover-up. They tend to sit in the center of the living room and become a point of focus to you and potential guests. Luckily, you can hide television cables easily with an entertainment center. These tend to have many more storage options and configurations than a TV stand or media console, making them a great spot to store your speakers, projector, gaming system, or other media equipment. They can also add a decorative touch to your design style and be a nice spot to showcase your décor items.
Build It In
There are a lot of home tech items that can be built into the design of your home and make it easier to blend them into your design. Invisible speakers can be installed in the walls or ceilings and then plastered over—no one will ever suspect that an amazing sound system hides behind your wall!
If you prefer a projector over a tv, disguise it behind the back wall of your living room or construct a discreet lift that allows the projector to disappear into the ceiling when not in use.
Match Your Gadgets to Your Space
If you have prior experience furnishing a room, you know working with a limited color palette can help make a space appear more spacious. While overly colored interiors can tend to feel cluttered.
The same rule should apply to your electronics too! For example, matching laptops and lighting to the room's wall color can make your technology appear 'invisible' at first glance. It will effectively declutter the vibe of the room and can restore a sense of order and cleanliness.
When planning out your smart home automation, go for the consolidated control panels that merge your smart functions into an integrated device to further reduce home technology clutter. These smart home automation functions can be accessed via a magnetically attached tablet or your smartphone. You can manage lighting, blinds, audio volume, TV channels, and more from a single integrated device, as well as your typical security and temperature control functions.
If you've noticed you have an unnecessarily large amount of electronics, it may be time to clean out the stash. Maybe you don't need that many speakers and should opt for a soundbar to go the minimalistic route. Or if you've accumulated too many remotes after your kids lost the others, check out universal remotes or an app. Our experts can help you streamline your home devices as well, so you only have just what you need and want in your home and no other clutter.
Refined Systems would be delighted to assist you in learning more about home technology consolidation or strategizing ways to install, maintain, and update your integrated home technology! Just give us a call or stop by, and we can get you started in the right direction!