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Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Minimalism is not just a design trend anymore—it’s a lifestyle. The term is no longer exclusive to stark, cold spaces with little to no furniture. Your clients can fill their homes with bright colors and eclectic pieces while remaining sparse and leaving room for their taste to shine.

But the one thing that can kill a minimalist’s dream? Unsightly technology. Wires, boxes, switches, remotes, screens, and bulky speakers don’t do much for aesthetics. Yet many modern homeowners desire smart technology to enhance their lifestyle. Luckily, there’s an overlap between minimalism and tech, and that’s found in hidden technology. Continue reading to see how hidden AV and automatic window treatments will enrich your Chicago, IL interior design projects.

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4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

Smart home technology is going to be increasingly in demand if you build homes or work in interior design. Prospective homeowners want these devices in their homes because of the convenience they offer and how they contribute to a superior lifestyle. And one of the most common home automation systems your clients will be asking for is lighting control. To show you’re in touch with their needs, here are four spaces you can install or plan for smart home lighting in your Lincoln Park, IL building projects. Read on to see what they are.

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How to Boost Your Interior Décor with Motorized Shades

How to Boost Your Interior Décor with Motorized Shades

When listing the benefits of motorized shades, it’s tempting to focus on the benefits that go way beyond the impact on your decor. A smart shading solution is also vital for managing your security, lighting, and climate. But that shouldn’t take away from what many consider to be motorized shades’ primary purpose—to add a finishing touch to your interior décor.
When choosing between manual shades and motorized shades, there are a few reasons the latter are a better stylistic option for your Chicago, IL home. From sleeker installations to greater ease-of-use, we outline their top stylistic benefits below.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Are you interested in adding Lutron lighting control to your Chicago, IL home? You may have heard about the benefits of managing all of your lights from a mobile app or a modern touchpad. Switches on the wall seem archaic in comparison. For your day-to-day needs, though, you’ll still want a tactile way to manage the lights in the room.
Our Lutron lighting control systems offer advanced, sleek on-wall control solutions through their vast array of keypads. Not only do these keypads streamline your décor by reducing the number of switches needed on the wall, but you can manage audio, shades and climate through them as well.

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How to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle

How to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle

Invest in Technology Designed to Improve Your Overall Wellness Every client we work with has a different reason they want to integrate smart home technology. In the past, this has included a yearning for greater security or more immersive entertainment. Getting a more streamlined approach to technology, both in aesthetics and functionality, is another common motivation. Health usually has not been part of that conversation, but that may be about to change. Recently, technology has emerged that improves homeowner wellness and health in various ways. How exactly does it achieve this in your Naperville, IL, home? This blog highlights three technology innovations from our partners Delos that put wellness at the forefront. See how circadian lighting, air purification, and water purification will transform your lifestyle. SEE MORE: 3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle Circadian Lighting How many hours do you spend indoors every day? Whether it’s relaxing at home or working at the office, it’s estimated that people usually spend 90 percent of the day indoors. During that time, you’re relying on one-tone artificial lighting while probably staring at a computer screen for hours. Exposure to certain types of lights for long periods can negatively affect your melatonin levels. Daylight is vital to regulating your circadian rhythm, which in turn affects your sleep cycles and wellbeing. You can now integrate circadian lighting, also known as human-centric lighting, to simulate sunlight throughout the day. Employ tunable lighting fixtures that change color temperature for cooler hues in the morning and warmer ones at night. While the former stimulates activity, the latter helps you relax at the end of... read more
3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

One reason we love working with our premier control system partners, Savant, is their constant innovation. Every year they release new technology to improve their existing solutions and accommodate the latest smart home trends. As Savant dealers, it’s our job to keep you up to date with their most recent innovations and help you upgrade your Savant home system.

The newest releases this year include lighting fixtures that enhance your wellbeing, a whole new way to watch video, and a smarter way to manage energy in your Chicago, IL home. Here we highlight each of these new features and offer additional information on how each will affect your day-to-day lifestyle.

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Explore the Best Screen Options for Your Home Media Room

Explore the Best Screen Options for Your Home Media Room

How do you know what display would be the best fit for your media room? Getting optimal video quality while maintaining your tailored interior décor requires the right technology. In this blog, we’ll highlight three installation options ideal for luxury homes in Lincoln Park or throughout the greater Chicago area.
Naturally, all families and their spaces are different, which is why we want to highlight three unique approaches instead of merely focusing on product recommendations. We’ll discuss flatscreens first since they are still the go-to option in home media rooms. However, there are impressive new projectors and screen technologies to consider.

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3 Mistakes Builders Make with Smart Technology

3 Mistakes Builders Make with Smart Technology

Over the past decade, smart home technology has gone from a rare upgrade to an expected feature for luxury residences. Technology helps custom builders attract better clients while differentiating themselves from their competitors. However, approaching technology the wrong way will have an adverse effect. Generic or disjointed solutions could turn future buyers away since they’ll see you’re not prepared to handle that kind of project.
Reach out to Barrett’s Technology Solutions, the top smart home company in Hinsdale, IL and the greater Chicago area, who can help you best integrate technology into your projects. Along with educating you on the latest trends, we’ll partner with you directly to install state-of-the-art home automation systems in your new construction projects. Not only will you be able to add value to your projects, but you’ll be able to avoid the following common mistakes.

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Do You Want to Improve Your Music Listening Experience?

Do You Want to Improve Your Music Listening Experience?

How do you typically play music in your home when hosting a party, doing the dishes or relaxing after work? In most cases, people listen to streaming services or digital libraries using a smartphone, wireless or Bluetooth speakers. Sometimes these do the trick, but in the long run, they come with limited quality, reach, and scalability that will leave you wanting more. Often adding more speakers helps, but this means a lot of unsightly components not blending in well with your interior décor. You can get more out of your favorite music by upgrading to one of our professional audio installations.

Using speakers from Sonance and a control solution from Savant, we can deliver the ultimate listening experience in your Hinsdale, Il home. Our whole home audio systems give you instant access to your favorite music while providing high-end sound to every corner of your space. Intuitive control of your music makes it easy to set the right mood for any activity or environment.

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Combine Lutron Fixtures and Lighting Control in Your Home

Combine Lutron Fixtures and Lighting Control in Your Home

With their Ivalo and Ketra lines, Lutron brings their lighting expertise to bear in a new way It’s no secret that we’re fans of Lutron here at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. With their technical expertise, attention to detail and focus on creating easy-to-use systems, Lutron is the go-to brand for smart lighting control and motorized shades. But did you know Lutron also makes lighting fixtures for your home? With their Ivalo and Ketra Lines, Lutron has crafted a range of home lighting solutions that seamlessly blend elegance with functionality. Here are all the ways a Lutron lighting control system integrates these high-end fixtures to improve your Hinsdale, IL, home. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? ANY COLOR YOU LIKE We’ve written before about all the ways LED tunable lighting can improve your lifestyle, but a quick recap is in order in case you need to refresh your memory. By using warm-dimming LEDs and tunable white lights, Lutron’s Ketra fixtures give you nearly endless hues to choose from when lighting your home. Light plays a key role in how our moods change throughout the day, and Lutron lighting control lets you use light to set whatever mood you want at any time of day. Our bodies naturally follow a circadian rhythm that helps determine and regulate our mood and energy level throughout the day. Warm, soft lighting makes us relax, while white cooler and brighter colors increase our energy and focus. With these facts in mind, your Lutron lighting system can automatically alter the lighting conditions throughout your home to suit whatever you have going on... read more

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