When designing a new home, it’s fairly common for technology to be an afterthought rather than a primary focus in the process. TVs, speakers, and electronics are often only thought about after all the design elements (paint colors, flooring, trim work, furniture, window treatments, etc.) have been carefully selected or even installed. The idea of ruining a room’s thoughtful aesthetic by introducing wires and a stack of black boxes can test even the best of marriages.
But technology and design can coexist without drastically compromising system performance or interior design. It simply takes a little creativity, careful planning and a partnership between your technology integrator and design professionals.
Have you ever noticed how many TVs get installed over fireplaces? It’s not because people necessarily wanted to put the TV there. It’s because the fireplace is typically designed as the focal point of the room and it just ends up making sense to put the TV right above it. Many are fine with that, but some others think that having a big black rectangle at the room’s primary focal point is not the most desirable aesthetic choice!
Fortunately, the industry has come up with several ways to dress up or hide the TV completely:
Having the ability to play music anywhere in the house or yard is one of the most requested features we get. While a set of floor standing speakers might make sense in a home theater or media room, other rooms can have great sound too without the speakers being a prominent visual feature.
A smart lighting system isn’t just for convenience. It can enhance the look of your home as well. Lighting control systems can be programmed to remember lighting “scenes” that recall specific lighting levels for a room or the whole house. You can have all your lights set to just the perfect level for whatever mood or activity you want and recall it with a simple button press.
“Centralized” lighting control systems take things even farther by reducing your banks of light switches (sometimes four, five or more in a row) and consolidating them into a single, elegant keypad. Often these lighting keypads are available in a variety of designer colors and textures to perfectly complement your décor.
Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like there’s a good place to hide the AV components needed for your TVs, music, and networking. That’s where AV distribution comes in. We can take all those components (cable boxes, media streamers, Blu-ray players, amplifiers, surround sound receivers, etc.) and consolidate them into an equipment rack located in a room or closet of your choice. All those hidden devices can then be distributed and shared throughout the house. Add in a smart home control system and it’s a simple and intuitive system to use.
What we’ve shared here only scratches the surface of what can be done to tastefully integrate high performance electronics with elegant interior design. Ideally, the earlier you engage with us, the more options you will have for your project. If you need help or ideas on how to make things work in your own home, feel free to contact our experts for a consultation.
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