Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Guest | Logitech Style Guide

So lately I've been posting a lot of technology related products on my blog and this time round I wanted to share with you some of these great tips that have been passed over to me! Will Taylor, interiors author, journalist and blogger is the kind interior designer who has written these inventive ways of integrating tech into the home. Recently I've been gathering up the tech myself, with my first iPhone in hand and a new computer to team up alongside my ageing laptop, and whilst I can't do much in the ways of interior design due to my rented student digs, I plan to keep these tips on board for when I (fingers crossed for soon) get a place of my own that I can style myself.

Logitech teamed up with Will to shoot the new K830 Living Room keyboard (which you can read my review of here!) to show how tech can easily fit into people’s everyday lives. Here are his three top tips to invite tech into your home without impacting on style:

1. Co-ordinating Colours 
Given technology is now so entrenched in our daily lives, it’s ironic that we often consider tech last when it comes to decorating. Whether you already own a TV or decide to invest in a new one when you move into a new home, it’s a good idea to consider upfront where it will be placed in the room, and how it will sit alongside the surrounding decorating scheme. 

With some clever pre-planning, you can make a TV an interesting style statement in a space, without having to hide it away behind closed doors. For example, if you have a black TV, pick a wall to hang the TV from and then pick a dark wallpaper or paint for the wall behind. Alternatively, if you have a white TV, you could go for a stylish monochrome scheme and hang a white TV against a black wall to create striking contrast.

Hanging black and white prints in white frames around the TV will help blend it into the gallery wall. This approach will not only stop the TV from overpowering a room, but it will open up valuable floor space, too.

2. Boxed Beauties
Tablets, keyboards, remotes, phones – the living room can quickly become a paraphernalia playground for tech if left unattended, as people increasingly use integrated tech, such as keyboards, to make Smart TVs even more interactive. But the good news is you can clear the clutter by introducing strategically placed storage across your space.

A docking station placed upon a side table is great for keeping charging cords and leads hidden away, without having to continually open and close a unit to use a remote or wireless keyboard; something you would no doubt quickly tire of.

Consider a sleek white lacquered or marble box for a modern, contemporary space, or a jute-lidded tray for a more organic, country-meets-coastal look. Simply pull the wires up through the back, or drill a hole to slide the cables through, and then place your tech on top. You’ll have stylishly streamlined your tech into the space without impacting on practicality.

3. Hero Hue
As technology becomes an ever-greater part of our lives, the colour options available are increasing. The benefit of this means you can now often match your tech to the colour palette of the room. One approach is to opt for a co-ordinated feel between the scheme and the technology by choosing tech designs in the same, or a similar, shade to the main colour in the room. Alternatively, you could switch things up by opting to use colourful technology as the elements for introducing accent colour into a scheme. Simply pick tech items in a contrasting hue to the surrounding scheme and watch the space soar in the style stakes.

Ultimately, the key to successfully blending tech into the home is to consider technology as an element of the decorating scheme in its own right. Alter your decorating approach from the outset so that you consider the role and position of tech in a scheme, and you will find it easier to marry technology with other parts of the space. Taking time to invest in these stylish solutions will streamline how you use and store tech in the home, paying dividends and resulting in a more stylish space. 

There you have it! Whilst this isn't my usual student life post, I hope that some students can find inspiration in this and consider ways to make all their tech look a little better in their student house. Fight through all the pizza boxes and bottles, you're likely to find some part of your house that can be made to look great. Whether it's your house for 6 months or a year, do what little you can to make it home!
MissIsGoode
Disclaimer: Tips and photos are courtesy of Will Taylor and Logitech

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    1. Haha I wish this were my place! No, as said in the disclaimer the photos were supplied by Will Taylor and Logitech :)

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