Enhance Your Interior Design with Hidden Audio/Video

Enhance Your Interior Design with Hidden Audio/Video

I’ve worked with many interior designers throughout the Seattle, Washington area, and over the years I’ve noticed they all have a common complaint: the audio/video is an eyesore; it’s ugly! I would even agree that yes, your standard audio/video components can be unsightly and take away from the beauty of a home. But if I could get one thing across to designers, it’s that it doesn’t have to be that way!

It’s possible to leverage the latest smart home automation technology without the clutter. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that smart technology can actually solve common design issues! Below, I go into some of the common complaints and show how the right hidden technology can help.

Complaint #1: Too much wall acne

In our line of work, the term “wall acne” refers to when there are too many switches, dimmers and controls on the wall. Too many buttons not only leads to confusion, but it also looks terrible.

How do we solve this? Smart home automation fixes the problem with wireless controls and custom in-wall keypads. An app downloaded onto your mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet, puts the controls in your pocket, and custom keypads simplifies the buttons on the wall.

For example, include simple commands like “all on,” “all off,” “welcome home” and “away” for quick access to your favorite scenes and settings. Add a “movie” button in the home theater, or a “cooking” button in the kitchen. You get to decide which buttons are the most important to you. You could even get rid of all the switches and go wireless 100 percent. Smart home automation gives you more options and flexibility when it comes to control.

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Product Review: LumaStream LED Lighting Design System

Product Review: LumaStream LED Lighting Design System

If you are a regular reader of our monthly blog posts, you’ll know that we often partner with interior designers to provide technology that improves the overall look and feel of each home. One of the most popular smart home design technologies is lighting control, where interior designers can create the perfect lighting for each room, then save those settings for easy use by homeowners on a regular basis.

We’ve talked high level about how lighting control can benefit interior designers throughout Bellevue and the greater Washington area, but today we’d like to get a little more specific and talk about our favorite product for bringing each room’s lighting to life: LumaStream. 

LumaStream is an LED lighting design system that provides a solid foundation for more energy-efficient, beautiful lighting in homes. 

Here’s why we love it:

Even More Energy Efficiency

Led light bulbs are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but LumaStream takes things one step further by addressing energy waste that occurs when converting line voltage AC power to low voltage DC power. The current conversion process has a lot of lost power, which results in excess heat.

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The Key to a Great Dedicated Home Theater Design

The Key to a Great Dedicated Home Theater Design

Let’s talk about dedicated home theaters. Specifically, let’s talk about home theater design and the work that goes into creating a cinema that immerses you in ambiance as soon as you walk in the door.

Going from a standard theater system to a fully themed, immersive cinema is a process that involves the input and collaboration of a lot of different people – the homeowner, theater installer, interior designer, etc. And one of the biggest mistakes people can make when adding a theater to their Seattle, Washington home is to wait until after the installation is completed to decorate it. Keep reading to learn why that matters and how we avoid that mistake with our approach to theater design and installation.

Why Not Decorate After Installation?

To answer that question, we need to talk about what goes on during the installation process. Transforming a room into a private cinema is not as simple as mounting a projector and screen, throwing in some chairs, and calling it a day. It’s a strategic process of choosing the perfect screen size, seat placement, speaker positioning, location of acoustic panels, and more.

There’s a science to setting up theaters so that every single person in the room has a clear view of the screen and pure, immersive surround sound. If a theater seat is off by a few inches, for example, the sound waves from one of the surround sound speakers could be unable to reach the person watching the movie. It’s a subtle thing, but it’s what separates a DIY, basic cinema setup from a professional system.

What Can Go Wrong:

So after every element of the theater is installed with exact positioning, what can happen is an interior designer then comes in and starts adding themed décor. Perhaps the theater has a nature theme, with a twinkling sky ceiling and faux grass carpet. To help with the overall ambiance, a designer might add some plants throughout the space.

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The Best Technology for Interior Designers: Lighting Control

The Best Technology for Interior Designers: Lighting Control

Interior design is an art form. It’s no easy task to choose the perfect décor, color scheme, furniture placement, etc. to make a room flow or evoke a certain feeling. Technology is starting to make that task a little bit easier. Smart home devices are changing the game for interior designers, offering new ways to make each room look its best for any given occasion or activity.

One of the best technologies to implement into an interior design plan is lighting control. Keep reading to learn more about how automated lighting can enhance the look and feel of homes throughout the Seattle, Washington area.

The Need for Lighting Control

The amount and quality of light in a room (and where it’s located) can have a big impact on how everything looks. If you want to draw the eye to a portrait or sculpture, you’ll want ample lighting focused on that area. Too much light can make everything appear washed out. Too little light can make a room look dingy.

Up until now, the solution to this challenge was a strategic lighting design that included spotlights around artwork or architecture and lamps that you could turn on or off to adjust brightness as needed. This is a step in the right direction. However, with such a manual process, homeowners often find that getting that perfect lighting is more trouble than it’s worth. 

The better approach: lighting control.

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