Minimize Your Technology for a More Relaxing Home

Get tips from HGTV Smart Home 2016 tech consultant Carley Knobloch on ways to hide technology throughout your home so it seamlessly blends with surrounding design.

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Move Aside, Television

If you’re not willing to give up television (perish the thought!) finding ways to hide television can pull focus from the boob tube and create a cozier space for, say, a board game. Here, three televisions hide behind paintings when not in use. 

Build It In

A kitchen counter full of appliances looks downright messy, but putting each one away day after day feels futile. Instead, try building your most used gadgets into the cabinetry for a polished look and cleaner counters.

Act Naturally

Bringing in natural materials, like the rustic copper treatment for this range hood, helps to diffuse the harshness and blend into the surroundings. 

Smart Furniture

Beautiful furniture that has a brain does double duty. This lamp table is also a wireless charger for compatible phones— no cables required. 

Embrace Wall Space

Wall mounting gadgets, like these tablets that control a smart home, keeps countertops clear and tech out of sight. 

Create a Tech Hub

Creating a central zone for people to charge their devices, complete with USB outlets and a high-tech weather station, is a cue for family members to park their PDAs and untether from their tech. 

Finding Comfort

Think of adding technology that provides undercover comfort, like this smart mattress that adjusts to your preference, and has a massage feature. 

Declutter Wires

Tell-tale sign that technology is lurking? Cord and cable clutter. Reduce it, and you’ll have a sanctuary fit for life or work that doesn’t feel a mess. 

Touch Me

This faucet hides a secret. Wave your hand underneath, and it will turn itself on. A life-saver in the kitchen, and a brilliant example of how technology doesn’t have to be in your face.