Smart home design and styling tips for exceptional interiors

Why should you have to compromise between superior functionality and flawless style? Creating a smart home that's also undeniably chic is the ultimate goal for many interior designers and homeowners. Luckily, smart tech is catching up with smart home design, with plenty of options available that blend a more efficient lifestyle with elevated aesthetics.

Hamburg - Hide it or display it? Here are our innovative ways to style your smart home technology:

Blend into the background

One of the best ways to keep your technology from looking like an unfortunate extra in a well-curated space is to choose options that blend in with your existing style. The Frame TV by Samsung is a great example of smart tech designed with aesthetics in mind. Once you turn it off, this innovative TV can display an image or an artwork – so rather than being a void of black, it looks elegant on your living room wall, even when not in use. Tipic’s Tulèr kitchen worktop is another devastatingly elegant example. Made of ecologically friendly synthetic stone, the worktop appears flat, but when you move your hand across a sensor, a section lowers to reveal a modern sink. The future looks incredibly bright, too – consider companies like Panasonic, who are currently trialling 'intelligent glass' to create a fully transparent television.

Play with colour

Gone are the days when smart tech came in black, black and black – now it's available in a range of enticing hues to suit your colour palette and your smart house design. Think speaker systems in stylish shades of rose gold with a contemporary matte finish, for example. You can choose the colour of the band, and the stand, for your Hive thermostat and there are a variety of stylish case options for the Echo Dot – leather and suede cases often fit beautifully into living rooms or bedrooms.

Make a statement with smart home design

Where in the past you may have tried to play down a large and less-than-stylish piece of tech, contemporary smart technology allows you to create a striking focal point for your living space. Speakers and televisions are the best examples of this, with companies like Bang & Olufsen making their statement speakers into veritable works of modern art. Loewe are well known for their exceptional TV stands, and their latest, the Bild X, is a lesson in art-deco-inspired minimalism. This slim, gold-finish frame also features a round stone base, offset from the centre, which neatly conceals unsightly cables.

Conceal your tech

Of course, you can also design your own solution to hide some of your less attractive technology as part of your smart home design. If it doesn’t fit with your interior style, try finding or creating a bespoke storage solution that will keep the tech out of sight. This might be an elegant container, a storage unit or even a well-placed ornament or piece of art.

Whether you prefer a more subtle approach or want to make your smart tech into a chic statement, you'll find plenty of items available to suit your current or desired interior theme.

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