Love A Rustic Look, And Smart Home Technology?

If you're looking to redesign your home into a natural, cozy haven, the rustic design is a great option that will also allow you to incorporate your smart home technology.

You can use rustic furnishing such as curtains, wood flooring, and stone table to enhance your design while incorporating your smart home technology such as home assistants and security systems into the design. Here are several ways to keep your home natural, yet up to date.

You Can Do It

The rustic look is an interior design style that is versatile, inexpensive, and easily accessible. The rustic style is a typically cozy and natural look that revolves around colors such as brown, cream, and white. Textured elements of a design can include natural items such as textiles, wood, stone, brickwork, water, and other earthy elements. Simultaneously both elegant and rough, the rustic style can be easily be combined with various ways such as minimalism, classical, or Scandinavian. The rustic style is the ultimate ‘you can do it’ DIY interior design style in that many of the furnishings and accessories can be crafted. In today’s technological world, this can be very important in that your smart technology and gadgets can be incorporated into your design to minimize the disruption between.

Smart Wiring

When it comes to wires, every modern home has a few clusters of them in every room. There are many ways to deal with wiring so that it doesn’t mess up the aesthetics of your home. This is important, especially in a rustic themed home that tries to emphasize the natural, cozy look. Solutions include securing wires in a zip tie or hooks, running them down wood floor moldings, behind furniture, and many other options. Another solution is to reduce the number of wires you use for your smart gadgets; for example, wireless charging can help reduce the wires needed for the various devices around your house

Find The Right Products

SMART THERMOSTATSSmart thermostats help you control energy cost from anywhere using your smart device.

If you are just starting to incorporate smart home technology into your home, you can accumulate gradually by adding products that don’t stand out too much. For example, a smart thermostat can be added behind curtains and textiles, a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector can be added unobtrusively, and smart speakers can be incorporated into the decor such as on top of wooden podiums or stands. Walled in speakers are more popular, as the wall actually becomes part of the speaker. Lights can also be incorporated in a manner that blends into the overall design.

Look At Your Materials

Rustic, cozy, and shabby chic all belong to a specific interior design niche that emphasizes a cozy, earthy, and warm color and texture scheme. Many designs tend to be vertically layered, starting with the flooring up. Materials can significantly impact the final look of the room. For example, the flooring of a rustic design usually begins with dark, natural wood. As the layers build up to the furniture, accessories, gadgets, curtains, and ceiling, the color and material typically begin drawing in more natural coloring and natural light.

The materials and colors you choose for your design is vitally important to maintain that neutral but natural look. For example, the kind of wood used in mission style furniture tends to be darker, particularly after staining. You’ll want to make sure that the materials you use to layer your room do not overwhelm each other, especially since the flooring and bottom layer of the room are already dark.

Lighting Makes A Big Difference

Home light fixtures do more than just provide illumination to an enclosed space. Light fixtures add to the overall ambiance creating dimension to the interiors and exteriors of your home. It can also enhance the rustic theme of your home. Home lighting is also one of the significant areas where smart home technology plays a dominant role. If you want to create a cozy, rustic feel to a room, having smart dimmable lights can improve the rustic environment. Smart light fixtures come in many different exterior styles, as well as intensity, color, and warmth. They can be controlled by home assistants or your smart devices.

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Security With Style

SMART DOOR LOCKSLock and unlock the door of your home from anywhere in the world.

If your aim to incorporate smart home technology into your home is due to wanting to provide your family with additional security, there are ways to bring a rustic look into your home security investments. Smart home security can include smart gates, smart door locks, motorized shades and blinds, lights with timers, video doorbells, smart alarms, and cameras. These security features can all be designed with the rustic theme in mind. Best of all, you’ll be able to have access and control these features through your smart devices wherever you go.

Pick Your Home Assistant Hardware

If you want a smart home, you’ll need a virtual home assistant to centralize all your smart home functions. Google Home assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri are several of the available options for you to control the smart functions of your home. However, because your virtual home assistant needs to hear you correctly, you may need to invest in several units and distribute them around your house. This may seem clunky and unstylish. Luckily, this home assistant hardware may come in a variety of stylish colors, sleeves, and casing. Make sure you find the right style and match them to the theme of your rooms.

Incorporate Technology With Textures

THE INVISIBLE SPEAKERFamily and friends will try to find where the music is coming from with these babies. They’re actually part of the wall.

Part of the irresistible charm of rustic interior design is the rich textures and colors that are used to design and furnish a cozy and rustic interior. A comfortable old house in a rustic countryside theme is a hot trend in current interior design. You can use textures such as textiles and wood panels to enclose wires. You can carve stands for smart speakers and home assistant hardware. Rustic designs tend to feature warm, neutral coloring to recreate a natural and soothing effect. Textured materials such as stone, wood, leather, and natural textiles can help hide, display, or enclose your home technology.

Rustic designs can create a calming environment that awaits you when you come back home after a long day. However, there is no need to put away your smart home technology. You can easily incorporate your technology into the rustic look by using accessories, textiles, furniture, and lighting to their fullest. Your home can become a cozy place where you can relax while enjoying all that the modern world has to offer.

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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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