Home security concerns when you’re remodeling a home, or renovating a room from scratch may not be top of mind at the design stage. But, integrating the hardware can be a smart move, especially when you’re trying to create a certain atmosphere that doesn’t call attention to that hardware.
But, how do you do it?
Well, here’s Madison Parker, a writer who specializes in home security, with some ways to include home security hardware into your interior design plans.
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Today’s home security systems have a lower profile and are easier to implement than ever before. Wireless technology not only offers builders and homeowners flexibility, it’s become the de facto standard in home security system platforms.
That said, even without wires running to a centralized control panel, there are a number of things you can do to incorporate home security system hardware into your interior design. You want those elements to simply be part of the home, and not a constant reminder of the potential danger they’re designed to protect the homeowner from.
Here are some ways to do just that.
Look at hardware early in the interior design process
One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a new home or remodeling a room from scratch is adding a system after the home or room has, essentially, been completed. Whenever possible, you need to start looking at the individual components that are going to be mounted to ceilings, windows, and doors to see what you’ve got to work with.
Identify component placement and make design choices accordingly
If you’re going to have glassbreak sensors on all of your windows, you want to factor that into your choice of drapes, shades, blinds, or whatever light-blocking element you choose. That might mean darker curtains, or it might mean a different placement.
Use security system hardware as part of a room’s overall visual flow
Let’s say you have a hallway with a security camera mounted to the ceiling. Ideally, that camera will be behind a globe. You can perhaps choose globe lighting for that hallway, and simply move from one to the other as you proceed down the hall.
Explore color coordination options
Most home security system hardware comes in one color. That said, many will take a coat of paint without any trouble at all. Make sure you check with the security system manufacturer, of course, as to whether it might cause any sort of a problem.
Choose a convenient, yet non-obtrusive location for the control panel
You need to be able to enable the alarm just before leaving and disable it upon entering. Yet placing the control panel immediately next to the door draws attention to it, and can make it something of an eyesore. Sometimes, placing it just a few feet away (perhaps next to your thermostat) can greatly reduce the visual noise it can cause.
The purpose of a home security system is to give the homeowner peace of mind, and to let them know when there’s danger. While that’s certainly worth a little bit of interior design discord, it doesn’t have to be a big problem. Spend some time integrating the security system into your interior design and you’ll find ways to complement your theme and reduce the clutter that a security system can cause.
Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from personal to home security systems. Learn more about security at the blog Home Security Systems!