Computer stations, laptops, flat-screen TVs… although not the most stylish of items are an integral part of any home’s function, and therefore must be taken into consideration when deciding on interior style and decor. That’s where Techorating comes into play.
The latest thing in decorating is combing interior design with technology, being coined as “techorating.”
Doug Wilson, know by many for his roles on TLC’s “Moving Up” and “Trading Spaces”, as well as being a “techorator” for LG, offers tips on how to pull it the combination of technology and style.
He offers the following tips:
1. Stay focused. Don’t try to tackle a full house remodel all at once. Pick one or two rooms that you think would best benefit from an update and start there.
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2. Pick a focal point and begin your efforts from there. If you are working with a larger living space, remember not to go overboard with one particular theme, pattern, or technology. With just a few integral pieces, such as a unique TV Stand or Media Console, the room can be made to feel spacious, yet comfortable.
3. Consider the space. Remember, the size of your room matters, but bigger isn’t always better. The technology in your room should be in proportion to the room for the best aesthetic and functional fit. Look for the best integration over size. This can apply just as easily to an entertainment center as it can to office furniture. Size (and space) does matter.
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4. Keep a clean design. With the TV, speakers, DVD players and more, people today need to practice cord control. New technology and a few easy steps make it easy to maintain a cleaner, more organized look. Go wireless to give your living space a crisp, modern feel.
5. Donate your old TV and bring in a new flat-screen for an instant style upgrade.
Tabletop or wall-mounting for a flat-screen can add space to your room and streamline the look and feel. You can even install a hidden projector and retractable screen so that it can be almost completely hidden when not in use.
No longer does the piece of technology need to be the “odd man out” in a room’s design. By using the principles of “techorating” these items can be seamlessly blended with a room’s look and feel.