Influential Style from Science, Art and Technology
Touch technology gadgets, high definition TV’s and mood lighting are often found in modern “smart homes”. The purpose of the home is evolving to create a high tech, effortless environment where we can relax. Comfort and functionality are now the main aim of modern interior design, combining both style and function.
When choosing items to complete ‘the look’ we must consider everything from soft furnishings to appliances like washing machines and televisions as every item in your home adds to the overall feel.
Technology Influences Home Styling
Technology is always moving forward. Gadgets like computers and mobile phones have been a part of our lives for many years now and gradually this influence has fed through into the home. In previous years, technology was limited to certain areas – televisions were found in the living room and high tech appliances were restricted to the kitchen.
As technology has evolved so has the need to incorporate it into every part of our lives, including our homes. Many bedrooms and bathrooms are now also awash with technology such as wireless sound systems, bathroom TV’s and even lighting that can be controlled from a central source. With this, the design and overall style of our homes has altered to support this. A far more modern approach to design has been introduced with rooms becoming more streamlined and clutter free. Comfortable sofas, statement pieces and strong colour schemes are all regular occurrences.
Art Meets Technology
Monochrome, elaborate furniture and bold statements are becoming common design principles. Homeowners are becoming far more aware of artistic concepts as a way of preventing technology from becoming the focal point of a room.
Unusual art, graffiti pieces and bold collections are finding their way into the home as they strive to soften the starkness that high tech items often provide.
Technology is not included simply for entertainment purposes but to fulfil the practicality that is needed within any home. Gone are the delicate flower patterns and neutral tones that previously inspired interior design. In their place are contrasting colour palettes and vibrant block colours. Traditional style has been dominated by modern looks to inspire the inclusion of technology throughout the home.
This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35