As smart home technology becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives, one challenge persists — how to keep it stylish and cohesive with the rest of our interior decor.
Behold, 5 ways to have the smartest home on the block, without sacrificing an ounce of style.
1. Pick pretty pieces. Gone are the days when high-tech gadgets were oversized eyesores. Now it's entirely possible to find sleek, attractive tech pieces that won't draw attention. Take for example, whose are small enough to be tucked away on a bookshelf and come in classic colors, like black and white with silver accents, that complement any design scheme.
2. Rethink the TV console. With TVs designed primarily for hanging, it's harder to find an armoire or cabinet to store it. Instead, , providing a hideaway for TVs that are not in use.
3. Consolidate your control center. Instead of installing different monitors throughout your home -- one for security, one for temperature control, one for leak detection -- invest in one piece that can do it all. is a new wireless home monitoring system, currently available for pre-order, that takes less than five minutes to set up, and can be used to monitor a number of important things around the house, while sending automatic updates straight to your phone. The best part? The sensor itself is so small you'll barely notice it.
4. Corral clutter. Nothing's more frustrating than finding the perfect tech piece and getting it all set up, only to realize it requires numerous unsightly consoles that totally clash with your decor. Luckily, wall mounts, like , have come a long way, too, offering plenty of options to tuck everything, including video game consoles and cable boxes, behind your TV.
5. Make it multifunctional. Just because a tech piece was invented for one main purpose, doesn't mean it can't be put to use in other ways. By investing in items that have more than one role in your home, you free up plenty of space for the rest of your decor. For example, the , is a smart light designed to deliver important notifications by lighting up when you get a call, text message or social media alert. But it can also be used as your morning alarm, and as an LED light with several color options that can change the mood of any room. Brilliant.