Luxury technology features for your home

Color palettes, space planning and furnishing selections are just a few pieces of the overall interior design pie. Being the 21st century, technology is a difficult ingredient to ignore and it certainly makes some elements of the design process a little sweeter. Many products on the market today are meant to not only make our lives as homeowners a little easier, but also a little more luxurious. So, grab a fork and dig in to some of these luxury technology features for the home!

WiFi dimmer switches

Three-way incandescent bulbs are so last season. Ambient lighting is taking on a new edge with smart technology that allows you to remotely adjust the brightness of your CFL and LED bulbs. With the swipe on a smart phone or a quick click of a remote, you’ll never have to leave your cushy couch cushion again. No need to go overboard and install a smart switch in every room of the house, best-suited spaces are those where mood lighting is key such as your master bedroom, dining room or family room. Aside from the convenience factor, smart and WiFi-friendly switches offer luxury technology features such as lighting schedules, timer features and emergency settings. Take that Thomas Edison!

{The Belkin WeMo Light Switch allows you to control and program lighting schedules from an Apple or Android device with ease of their app. Including a sleek wall-mounted switch that readily replaces any existing light switch in your home, a motion sensor is also included with your purchase. From: Belkin.}

{The Belkin WeMo Light Switch allows you to control and program lighting schedules from an Apple or Android device with ease of their app. Including a sleek wall-mounted switch that readily replaces any existing light switch in your home, a motion sensor is also included with your purchase. From: Belkin.}

Radiant in-floor heating

Imagine never again having to hastily tiptoe to the rug in your master bathroom on a crisp winter morning in fear of frostbite. Your tile, laminate or linoleum can forever be as toasty beneath your bare feet as the summer sands. In most cases, radiant heating systems involve electric wire mats that are installed below your decorative flooring. Think of it as an electric blanket for your floor with wall thermostats that allow you to control temperature and schedule settings. Hydronic systems are also available, although less common, which pump hot water through polyethylene tubing. Due to its invasiveness, this luxury technology feature is best tackled when undertaking a remodel. Say sayonara to your slippers and oversized bath maths.

{This is the type of project where I encourage you to bring in the professionals. Since you don’t want to compromise your sub- or surface flooring, improperly install or make any electrical errors, I recommend exercising your DIY talents elsewhere and leaving this job to licensed pros. From: This Old House.}

{This is the type of project where I encourage you to bring in the professionals. Since you don’t want to compromise your sub- or surface flooring, improperly install or make any electrical errors, I recommend exercising your DIY talents elsewhere and leaving this job to licensed pros. From: This Old House.}

Motorized window treatments

Remote blinds and shades are not only perfect for hard to reach windows {think great rooms}, but they’re also optimal in rooms where natural light control is a necessity {such as home theaters or bedrooms.} Options exist between different types and finishes of window treatments such as wood blinds or room darkening roller shades, so you do not have to sacrifice function or style to take advantage of this luxury feature. You can now tilt, raise, lower or close your window coverings effortlessly at the push of a button, faster than you can blurt out abracadabra.

{To further cater this custom treatment to best meet your needs, power sources are offered in a variety of shapes and sizes from power adapters to solar-powered kits. Wall switches, remotes and programmable timers, oh my! From blinds.com}

{To further cater this custom treatment to best meet your needs, power sources are offered in a variety of shapes and sizes from power adapters to solar-powered kits. Wall switches, remotes and programmable timers, oh my! From blinds.com}

Smart locks

Off to drop the kids at soccer practice but can’t recall if you deadbolted the front door? No worries, smart locks can allow you to remotely secure {or unlock} your property. Your trusted handyman on their way over to fix a leaky faucet? E-mail or text them a time-sensitive digital access code so you don’t have to take a sick day. We’re not talking anything Mission Impossibleworthy, but this luxury technology feature can offer homeowners some peace of mind and additional modern conveniences. Some systems allow you to receive alerts when someone leaves or enters your home and others work in tandem with smart door bells that let you get a visual on who may be awaiting on your doorstep. Save the locksmith fee; most smart locks replace your home’s deadbolt with easy installation.

{Bluetooth compatible, the Smart Sense Deadbolt is a stylish smart lock that pairs with Apple’s HomeKit or Schlage’s Sense app. It is a battery operated system that includes an illuminated touch screen, remote capabilities and a built-in alarm. From: Schlage.}

{Bluetooth compatible, the Smart Sense Deadbolt is a stylish smart lock that pairs with Apple’s HomeKit or Schlage’s Sense app. It is a battery operated system that includes an illuminated touch screen, remote capabilities and a built-in alarm. From: Schlage.}

Next time you sit down to concoct a design recipe for your space, I hope you’ll add a dash of luxury technology. With so many options out there to help make our lives as homeowners a splash easier and pinch more lavish, I hope you incorporate some of the options on the table in your plan.

April Pardoe