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The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

Enhance the Look and Feel of Homes with Luxury Smart Technology In our last blog on smart home design, we outlined some helpful tips for Illinois interior designers, custom home builders, and homeowners on how technology can enhance the look and feel of each room. But both high-end technology and interior design are constantly evolving, so we’re back again. This time, we’re focusing on three technology trends that have been hitting it big in the Naperville area of late. 1. Staged Lighting for All Occasions From setting the right mood to highlighting specific artwork or architectural features, there’s no denying that lighting plays a big role in staging homes. But there are a few key problems with the standard process of staged lighting: It takes time and effort to create the perfect lighting environment Turning on lamps, adjusting the positioning of light fixtures, and dimming certain bulbs is not a quick and simple process. Most rooms need different lighting for different activities The lighting setup in a living room that is ideal for a cocktail party with friends is completely different from the lighting needed for enjoying a movie. Here’s where smart home technology comes in. You can upgrade the property with smart lighting control that lets you set up “scenes” for certain occasions. Instead of having to walk throughout the room turning on lamps or adjusting dimmable bulbs, one button press creates the perfect environment for entertaining, relaxing, movie-watching, and more. 2. Motorized Shades Window treatments are an excellent way to add texture and pattern to a room, but they are often at odds with the beauty of...
Helpful Smart Home Design Tips for Interior Designers

Helpful Smart Home Design Tips for Interior Designers

Smart Home Technology that Blends in Flawlessly Interior designers often see seamless home décor and smart home automation technology as completely conflicting ideas—you can have one or the other, but not both. Fortunately for homeowners in the greater Chicago, IL area, this is not the case. New advances in hidden technology are making smart home design even easier and more impressive. To learn how you can use these smart technologies to improve your design plans, read on. SEE ALSO: 3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home Get Rid of Wall Clutter Light switches, HVAC temperature controls, fan switches…the average home has a lot of electrical outlets and other wall clutter that compromises an otherwise smooth and sleek design. These switches detract from the more important aspects of the wall, such as artwork or architectural elements. The solution? Replace all of those controls with a tablet or smartphone. Control all of the technology in the room, from the motorized shades to the lights, with a single tablet that can be integrated directly into the wall or kept completely separate for portability. Conceal the TV As nice as today’s 4K Ultra HD TVs look while you’re watching your favorite show, they take up valuable real estate in a room—space that could be used for other home décor. You can completely conceal the TV in a number of different ways: Ceiling Lifts: With a ceiling lift, the TV hangs horizontally in the ceiling, hidden from view. Then, with a tap on the smartphone or tablet, the TV silently swings out of the ceiling. Furniture Lifts: Integrate the TV directly into...