As home technology becomes smarter, our residences are turning amazingly multifunctional. However, this poses problems for how we conceal unsightly devices.
Fortunately, there are clever techniques that you can utilise to ensure that, while many parts of your home can be controlled as futuristically as something out of The Jetsons, the space still – at a glance – looks very much like a Luddite’s lair. Here are some of the tricks most worth considering.
Choose visually pleasing pieces
Ensuring that appliances visually blend seamlessly into the rest of your home can be much easier if, in the first place, you choose devices in designs that will aesthetically complement or match your existing decor. Fortunately, many tech firms craft their devices in a strongly artistic manner.
For example, the Sonos PLAY:1 and Apple HomePod speakers are both available in the colours of black and white, allowing the devices to fit in with a broad range of residential design schemes.
Mirror, mirror, hiding the TV on the wall
These days, many TVs are intended to hang on a wall rather than sit on a cabinet. For this reason, hiding these TVs from view when they aren’t being used can be tricky. However, you can still do it by investing in some mirrors or art pieces which can act as “doors”, as ELLE Decorexplains.
Wired you do that?
Anywhere with a particularly extensive technology system, like a home entertainment hub or computer workstation, is likely to also feature a big clump of wires. This can play havoc with an otherwise immaculate interior – and it isn’t just the look of the actual wires that would be to blame.
As pointed out on the Digital Trends site, when running along surfaces, cords often accumulate dirt. Therefore, they can blight first impressions left on guests at your home.
At the sensor of it all
Your home could feature sensors that serve a wide range of comforting security purposes. Those devices might include door sensors and motion detectors aiming at ensnaring intruders or thieves.
However, sensors can also be visually distracting. One possible remedy to this solution is buying sensors that, in colour, are similar or identical to the trim or wall on which they will be fitted. Sadly, this isn’t always a practical possibility – and so you should be particularly clever with your thinking…
For example, if you want to attach a sensor to a door frame of a particularly unusual colour, you could first order aluminium bifold doors in a more standard colour, like white or black.
Book it, Danno
Books can hide a multitude of sins. For example, you could hollowa book out and then use it to hide a hub. Still, keep in mind that, if you have a device to which you regularly speak, blocking it off could affect its ability to hear your commands.
You could also display book spines alongside a printer, as House Beautiful suggests. Doing so could entice guests to look at your reading matter rather than the printer.