Smart home products don't always prioritize looks. That's fair, since what most consumers want out of a smart device is brains, not beauty.
But what do you do when your smart home devices start to overtake your home's decor? Follow these tips for creating a smart home that looks as good as it performs.
Dedicate space for smarts
Routers and smart home hubs need to be centrally located for optimal performance, but are often the pieces of our smart home we'd prefer to hide.
Putting your router in a box or cabinet inside a room solves the issue, but your smart home will likely suffer.
Routers work best in a higher location, so try your second story if you have one.
A centrally-located office is a great place for a router. Dedicate that space to housing your router and any hubs you need to connect to it.
If your router needs to be in the center of your living room, all hope is not lost. There are more than a few routers out there that don't look too bad, like the Norton Core router (it's even available in gold).
If you have a bright home with light colors, a clunky, black speaker or smart plug simply won't match. If you're in a richer, darker-toned home, a bright white security camera will be extremely obvious.
Luckily, there are options out there for almost every decor. Smart cameras, thermostats and locks all come in multiple finishes so you can select the one that's right for you.
Take the time to consider the finishes and color palettes already present in your home.
Hide those cords
Having a snazzy looking camera or slick smart display is great, but that extra long, tangly cord running across your counter? Not so much.
Managing cords can really clean up your space. There are a lot of options when it comes to how to do this.
Bundle them together, reel them up or in the case of some smart speakers, purchase an accessory that makes them a thing of the past altogether.
These cord solutions can take the clutter out of having tech in your home.
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