Electric Trends in Interior Design
While interior designers are often hired to make a home look good, it is equally important for a home to be electrically functional. Ultimately, when a person is at home they should feel comfortable in their surroundings. First of all this means having the power they need, where they need it. It also means having electrical sources looking as attractive as possible. And for some it means using automated sensors in faucets and fixtures for enhanced comfort, and healthy living. Maximizing energy efficiency is also important.
Getting Enough Power
If you are building or remodeling the electricity within a home and working with an electrician, there is much you can do to customize where you need power, and how much power you need. If you need too much power in an area that is not prepared for it, the result will be a shorted circuit or burned fuse. Larger power clusters near entertainment systems or major appliances can help assure that homeowners have the power they need.
But once there is enough power, it is important that messy cords and wires aren’t sticking out, both because of the safety hazard, and just because they look horrible. While these can be placed behind furniture much of the time, there are times when power sources need to be both hidden and accessible. Extension cords that roll inside a wall when not in use, or designing a wall full of power sockets are both ways to prevent cords from sticking out. Cord encasings can be used and maneuvered and decorated to look like vines, or painted to match the walls.
Traditional Warmth, With or Without Heat
One piece of electronic decor that has become very popular is the electronic fireplace. For centuries, fireplaces have been a focal point in many homes and a place for gathering. It used to be that enjoying an evening by the fire meant finding a house that had a fireplace. But there are times when you want the soft light of the fire, but not necessarily the heat. Electronic fireplaces can accommodate this. They can also be automated to turn off, so if the heating element is used, there isn’t a fire hazard.
Automating Your Life
For some, including automated sensors in faucets and light switches may seem very “George Jetson” but in addition to making life a little easier and luxurious, the sensors can also help prevent the spread of viruses, such as colds and flus because there is one less thing that everyone is touching.
In order to save money, and the planet, people are looking for ways to be more energy efficient in their homes. Using solar panels, LED lights, can all lend a modern look to a home while reducing energy bills. Solar panels can be worked into skylights to allow for more natural energy.
Of course, not everyone will be able to incorporate all these methods into their design plans, but since electricity is here to stay, you might as well let it help you feel at home.