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...
Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Are Your Windows Dressed to the Nines?   If you’re looking for that next upgrade for your home to make it look more stunning and luxurious, look no further than your windows – or rather, what’s hanging in front of them. Window treatments can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Changing up that one element can go a long way toward making your home feel fresh and new. It’s also the perfect time to explore the possibilities of leveraging smart technology with your window treatments. Motorized blinds and shades offer many advantages, from convenience to energy savings, but their biggest value lies in their ability to make your Gold Coast home more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how.   SEE ALSO: DOES YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE LUXURIOUS?   The Perfect Brightness in Every Room Bright light can bring out the best in home décor and furnishings, but the struggle with natural light is that it can’t be controlled. Some days may be too bright, while other days will be dim and dreary. With standard window treatments, there’s nothing you can do to combat fickle weather. Motorized shades, on the other hand, give you the ability to control exactly how bright each room is. On particularly sunny days, the shades lower automatically to filter out the harshest rays, leaving a pleasant glow that’s not too overwhelming. On dimmer days, the same sensors that cause the shades to lower will alert the smart light fixtures in the room, causing them to brighten automatically.   Protect Your Furnishings from Sun Damage UV Rays...
Use Motorized Blinds and Shades to Improve Your Health

Use Motorized Blinds and Shades to Improve Your Health

Smart Technology Improves Your Wellbeing   You may already know that smart technology has many benefits: enhanced aesthetics, control, and luxury. But did you know that it can improve your health as well? Adding motorized blinds and shades to your Naperville home can help you get a better night’s sleep, provide valuable peace of mind, and support a healthy routine. See Also: 3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home   Lighting & Sleep Getting adequate sleep is essential to your health and your general productivity. It’s not just about getting enough hours, but also getting the right quality sleep. You should prepare your environment to ensure your night is uninterrupted and you can sleep comfortably. Get ready by dimming the lights in the evening and closing the shades early on to block out any outside light (and also to get some privacy).   Peace of Mind & Control One option for your motorized shades and blinds allows you to see outside without others seeing in. You’ll enjoy peace of mind in feeling safe and knowing that you have privacy in your home. Later, close the blackout shades for a completely dark room – essential for your body to recognize that it’s time for sleep. With motorized shades, control is in your hands. This means that if you’re already comfortable in bed, you don’t have to get up to manually close the shades. Instead, simply press a button on your smart device and watch them close as the room darkens. Any number of light sources can interfere with your sleep patterns, like street lights, other homes, and your...
3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home

3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home

Protect Your Home and Save Energy with Motorized Shades Many people consider installing motorized shades in their homes because of the increased convenience and comfort that the automation provides. However, motorized shades offer far more benefits than simply being able to adjust the natural lighting throughout your Naperville, IL home at the touch of a button. Below, we’ve covered three lesser known advantages that you can gain by investing in motorized shades. Lower Your Energy Bill An energy-efficient HVAC system isn’t the only way to save money on your energy bill. One of the biggest factors that impacts the temperature in your home is heat from the sun. When your windows are open, the sunlight comes in and raises the temperature within the room, causing your HVAC system to have to work harder to cool the space. The alternative is not to keep your shades shut 24/7—you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor views. Instead, smart home automation allows you to connect motorized shades and HVAC into one smart system. The motorized shades will raise to allow light into the room, but when the integrated sensors indicate that the sun’s heat is too strong, the shades lower automatically, with no manual effort required.  During the winter months, the same system allows your motorized shades to adjust intelligently to let in more sunlight to naturally heat your home. Protect Your Furnishings UV light can be very damaging to your furniture, especially the textiles throughout your home. The furnishings that are exposed to direct sunlight will fade, while the remaining décor will maintain its bright colors, causing your home’s...