Home decor has changed over the past few years. The days when matching the drapes to the blinds were your biggest concern are gone. Now there is smart furniture that makes what you hang on the windows both functional and practical.
If you're ready to take the first step into turning your home into a smart home, we’re here to help.
Window coverings of the future
Time doesn't stand still, and your home design shouldn't either. Even if your inspiration is coming from the 60s or 70s, you can still keep the vibe you love while using smart home technology such as motorized blinds that work to control the light entering your home.
With that being said, window coverings have come a long way. Remember the days when you had to tie the drawstring up, to keep it out of reach of your child? Those days are over.
Now window coverings are designed to extend and retract automatically with the push of a button. Controlled by a remote, app, or wall switch you'll quickly fall in love with your new smart blinds.
Incorporating smart home elements into your inner sanctum
If you're thinking of new room decor ideas, and aren't sure where to start, smart home technology elevates your lifestyle. From smart thermostats that can help save money on utilities to integrated SONOS speakers, the little things that usually drive you crazy take care of themselves.
Types of smart home technology currently on the market include:
- smart plugs
- security cameras designed for home security and protection
- hot water heaters
- washing machines
- cooking utensils
Instead of making redecorating your home a major event that takes up all your time and leaves you stressed out, focus on one small task at a time.
Install the new thermostat and cameras one day, and then decide what type of paint you want on the walls the next. Once you've got your color scheme down, start focusing on what type of window treatments to add.
All this can still feel overwhelming, however, if you don't have a starting point. That's where the mood board comes in.
Creating your mood board
Some people can look at a space and immediately get inspired. They know what type of seating they want, where that spectacular new painting should hang, and how the lighting in the room should be.
For others, it's just not that simple. It seems like there are so many choices out there, it's impossible to choose. It can also be difficult to just wing things, as many design styles tend to clash. This is where a mood board will save you time and frustration.
A mood board is essentially a collage of materials you like. This can include images, fabrics, wood and painted tiles, text, flowers, or anything else that gets the creative juices flowing. It's a canvas that allows you to place all the things you think you might want in your home and see how they fit together before you start purchasing.
This can help you figure out if you're leaning towards a country home style, or if you're feeling inspired by a more modern style. Creating a mood board for each room of your home will help you decide what you're looking for, and more importantly, give you a jumping-off point.
Why adding window treatments matter
Lighting is a huge part of our lives. It affects our moods, our lifestyles, and even our health. Failure to get enough sunlight throughout the day can lead to SAD or seasonal affective disease.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, "People may start to feel "down" when the days get shorter in the fall and winter (also called "winter blues") and begin to feel better in the spring, with longer daylight hours. In some cases, these mood changes are more serious and can affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities.
With that being said, if you're redecorating your home, window treatments should be at the top of your list. The right lighting can make a room look great, but it also affects your health. Smart blinds give you more control over how much light enters your home, so even if you can't get outside, you're still getting the light you need.
Window coverings are also a great way to give your home some much-needed protection. Whether it's unwanted visitors you don't want peeking into your home or adding another layer between your window and mother nature, window coverings will elevate your security levels. At the push of a button, you can have your motorized window treatments lower for increased privacy and security and even make it look like your home when you’re away.
Make your home's interior look great
Budget Blinds focuses on making your home all that you've ever dreamed of, while still remaining fully functional. Whether you're going for motorized or automated, there are plenty of choices that will meet your needs.
Ready to take the first step into making your home a smart home? Contact us today for a free consultation with our expert designers.