Technological advances have made home security systems more efficient and affordable than ever, and since homes without security systems are 3 times more likely to be burglarized, taking steps to protect your home is a worthwhile investment. Cameras, gates, alarms and locks are important for protecting your home, but may not be the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of its design. With a little creativity and guidance, you can find solutions to organically incorporate safety measures, while keeping your home comfortable and maintaining your aesthetic vision.
Integrating Technology While Keeping Your Home Homey
Surveillance and alarm systems are proven so effective that home insurance providers will often lower premium rates by up to 20% if you install a security system. Smart Home technology improves connectivity throughout the home, giving you maximum control over your entire living space. Screens, speakers and other devices that serve a functional purpose for protecting your home can be seamlessly integrated into your design plan, and even add elements of modernity and intrigue to your interior aesthetic. You can emphasize the modernity of your home by decorating with futuristic metallics and chromes, creating clean lines, and taking a minimalist approach. To keep spaces looking comfortable and natural, you can incorporate screens that display artwork when they’re turned off, or that retract into furniture. You can also cover speakers and control panels in shades that blend with the rest of the room’s color scheme.
Functional And Attractive Security Fences
Fences and gates can add an element of grandeur to your home and improve its curb appeal, while also delineating property lines and deterring unwanted visitors. A driveway gate allows you to control which vehicles may enter your property, and limit visibility of your home from the street. A beautiful gate is at once the welcoming portal through which guests enter your home, and the barrier protecting your fortress.You can choose a classic wooden fence, an intricate wrought-iron gate, or frosted glass panels for privacy and protection, without the need for barbed wire or an overly militarized look.
Keeping Windows Secure And Beautiful
Security bars on windows and doors may keep intruders out, but they diminish the flow of natural light into your home, obstruct your view of the outdoors, and can be visually unsettling. Instead of installing bars, focus on the quality of materials for more secure windows. Tempered glass and plexiglass can be ten times stronger than regular glass, for windows that are much more difficult for burglars to break. Flood lights, locks, window alarms and planting prickly shrubs outside your windows also work to keep intruders from vulnerable points of entry. If you do feel you need bars for your protection, trellis bars can add an old-fashioned charm and a visually interesting element, or you can select clear burglar bars that are virtually invisible.
Keeping your home safe doesn’t have to mean compromising your aesthetic vision. Working with a designer or looking for tips on your own, you can come up with ways to naturally integrate better home security into your overall design concept. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art technology and resources available to keep your home looking sleek and safe.