Your flat is your safe zone, your happy place and the haven that awaits at the end of a hard, long day – even if your bedroom only fits a dresser and a bed.
Living in a small space does not mean one has to sacrifice connected home technology and sleek aesthetics; in fact, adding such modernizations to your flat can assist in maximizing square metres you do have.
Here are a few ways you can maximize your space and bring your flat into the modern era of a smart home.
Getting started with smart home technology
First things first, you will require a connected hub, such as Samsung SmartThings; to function as the main control system from which you can control and monitor your flat’s settings directly from your smartphone. The possibilities are almost endless from there.
The following devices, all of which pair easily with the SmartThings hub, can change your boring flat into a high-tech living space.
- Adjust the Hue: Lighting is vital in any home environment; nobody feels at ease with fluorescent lighting harshly exposing every crevice of your living room. Flat dwellers are no longer pigeon-holed into long-term commitments to lighting strategies, all thanks to connected technology.
A smart lighting system by Philips, Hue is a surefire way to make sure your flat’s lighting is optimal. Easily control your home lighting preferences in each room for any occasion or time of day. Additionally, with wireless, connected smart home technology, it’s possible to keep this control from almost anywhere.
Hue can also be taken to the next level by SmartThings by adding an additional layer of personalized control. Remotely control your lighting environment in every room or set mood lighting on a timer for when you return from the office.
- Keep a digital eye on your home: Just because you live in a small space is no excuse to be lax on home security. Monitoring one’s home has also joined the ranks of connected smart home technology for the modern age.
An excellent, simple way to keep an eye on your flat when you’re away is to use the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro. The connected camera is simple to install and use, and works as everything from a baby or pet monitor to a home security system.
- Home ambiance boosted by a soothing soundtrack: From party jams to romantic melodies, the Bose SoundTouch wireless music system can set any mood you desire. You can simultaneously play different songs in different rooms, so you can be blasting classic rock in your room while your flatmate cooks dinner to reggae.
Adjust playlists, volume control and more directly from your smartphone and never have to hunt for the remote control again.
- Securely lock up for increased peace of mind: Along with connected smart home monitoring, a secure lock system is vital for making sure your flat is safe from unwelcome intruders. Yale’s Keyfree connected smart lock system is one of the top-of-the-line choices for keyless home entry.
Can’t recall if you locked up? It’s easy to double-check your front door’s status on your smartphone. In the event of a power outage, the system is backed up by battery power.
The above technologies are only a few ways to turn your boring flat into a smart home.