Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Incorporate Automatic Window Treatments & Hidden AV in Your Design Projects 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. SEE ALSO: 4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting   Automatic Window Treatments Nothing creates a more sleek and refined appearance in windows than automatic shades, drapes and blinds. Right from a smart system’s app from Savant, your clients will raise and lower their windows’ shades to a uniform straight line. Motorized shades eliminate the need for drawstrings or cords and are as much of a convenience as a style choice. Users can schedule their shades to rise automatically at sunrise and lower at nightfall for instant privacy.   Hidden Audio   Homeowners can enjoy the magic of high-quality audio in each room of their home without the clutter of floor-standing or bookshelf speakers. Recessed in-wall and in-ceiling speakers blend into the space, and the circular grilles can be painted to match the wall color. Sound will swell out...
4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

Impress your clients with lighting control in these 4 home spaces 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. SEE ALSO: Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting LIVING ROOM The living room will be one of the busiest spots in your clients’ homes. The number of people and the time they spend there make the living room the perfect place for smart home lighting. From a strictly visual perspective, you can install discreet spotlights and recessed fixtures to emphasize pieces of art or other important elements in the room. With smart home lighting and compatible fixtures, your clients can also change the brightness and color temperature of any fixture at any point in the day. This can all happen automatically if they want; they can also create preset scenes for certain moods or activities. Scenes can include multiple smart systems, including motorized shades and multi-room A/V setups. BEDROOM Bedrooms are another area where lighting control can greatly benefit your clients. They can ease into their day and sleep better at night by setting up schedules and scenes using their home control...
How to Boost Your Interior Décor with Motorized Shades

How to Boost Your Interior Décor with Motorized Shades

Add the Ultimate Stylistic Spark to your Chicago, IL Home with Our Smart Shading Solutions 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. SEE ALSO: Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades Remove the Cords and Wands The top stylistic benefit when adding any integrated lighting or shading controls is reducing clutter. In lighting, that means fewer switches on the wall. With shades, the impact is even more significant since you get to remove unsightly cords and wands. From the same keypad you use for your lights, you’ll be able to open and close shades as needed. A bonus perk—by removing cords, you also get rid of safety hazards for children and pets. Get Perfect Alignment Every Time Beyond the clutter, cords and wands are a foil to interior designers for another reason: it’s hard to get shades, blinds or drapes at the exact position you want. Beyond the common issues of crooked blinds, there’s the difficulty of getting an even look throughout the house—vital to both your interior décor and curb appeal. With precise motors and Intelligent...
Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Deliver Greater Elegance, Comfort and Efficiency With Lutron Lighting Control 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. Each keypad model is available in a wide range of colors, finishes, and configurations to provide the perfect match for both your interior design and lifestyle. Our latest blog highlights the many Lutron keypads you could incorporate in your space. SEE MORE: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology Signature Series Keypads   Experience instant access to your lighting control on slim, elegant keypads from the Signature line. While they’re the smallest of the Lutron keypads, they can still feature up to seven different buttons. Green or blue status LEDs let you know when a specific scene is activated. Each button is custom programmed and engraved for easy access to your go-to controls. Incorporate occupancy sensors into the keypads for greater energy efficiency. The Signature line is available in many metal finishes, including brass, chrome and nickel. It is also available in a white matte. Architectural seeTouch Many of our...
How to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle in the New Year

How to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle in the New Year

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...
3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

Explore the Latest in Lighting Control, Video Distribution and Energy Management 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. SEE MORE: What is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of? Crafting a Better Lighting Experience In the past few years, no company has made more headway in lighting control than Savant Systems. For one, they’ve evolved to offer extensive lighting control platforms through keypads, switches, dimmers, apps, voice control and dedicated touchpads. Savant provides a particularly seamless control experience in their Savant app through TrueImage technology. With TrueImage, all you have to do is snap a picture of the room. Then, touch the lights in the room from within the app and select the color you want. As you find the perfect settings, save them as scenes you can pull up in the future at the press of a button. This year, Savant also partnered with USAI Lighting to incorporate their tunable white lighting fixtures. These fixtures mimic the brightness and color temperature of sunlight. Next, Savant added...