How to incorporate home tech stylishly

Tips on designing a smart abode...

We've found seven of the most chic ways to incorporate tech at home, from hidden speakers to sliding bookcases...

1. State of the art

The latest smart appliances are also statement pieces in their own right. Case in point? These banked Smeg ovens mounted at eye level in sophisticated black glass with elegant copper trims.

Get the look: SF4604VCNR1 compact combination steam oven, 45cm, £1,799; SF4604MCNR compact combination microwave oven, 60cm, £1,599; SFP6604NRE pyrolytic multifunction oven, 60cm, £1,399, all Dolce Stil Novo collection, Smeg

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2. Hidden depths

Proof tech really can be discreet comes in the form of this Victorian townhouse. Created by architect William Smalley and interior designer Danny Pine, it features many vintage Italian pieces, but behind the scenes you’ll also find smart lighting and in-wall invisible speakers.

Get the look: Design, William Smalley. Interior, Danny Pine. Invisible in-wall speakers, Amina; QS lighting control, Lutron Homeworks; home automation, Crestron; heating control, KNX, all designed and installed by Perfect Integration

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3. Library opening

Architect Ernst Hoek didn’t want a basic door separating his home and office, so he designed these bookshelves that work brilliantly as both a literary passageway and soundproof room dividers.

Each one weighs 500kg but opens smoothly and is able to hold in position every 90 degrees.

Get the look: Bespoke shelving system, created using FritsJurgens Pivot Hinge System 3, price on application,


4. Panel discussion

In this lavish bathroom in a Kensington apartment, every aspect of the room’s technology is controlled via discreet wall panels and programmable switches, each finished with the finest brass Meljac plate surrounds. Heating, lighting and in-ceiling speakers can be adjusted to create the perfect ambience, showing that you never have to compromise on style in order to enjoy the very latest in smart home control.

Get the look: Custom control, Crestron; lighting, Lutron; multi-room audio, Bang & Olufsen; switches and control panel surrounds, Meljac, all designed and installed by Knektd Integrated Media

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5. Up the wall

A fun way to bring countless colours – over 16 million – into your home, this LED light system mounts easily on the wall and can be controlled via app, touch or voice – you can even change colour tones in time with the music. Simply clip each square together to make your preferred shape – combining multiple kits to fill a whole wall, for instance – before creating a unique light canvas that will pulse to the music you play.

Get the look: Canvas lighting, from £89,99,

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6. Cool sounds

Stylish enough to not ruin your decor, but adept at disappearing into the background, this compact wireless streaming speaker from Denon can be used on its own via smartphone app or voice control, or connected via Wi-Fi to a range of other Denon Heos speakers. It’s great for multi-room music and surround sound and, unlike many other systems, the Heos range can play the very best high resolution audio formats, including uncompressed WAV (PCM), ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) and music files up to 24-bit/192-kHz.

Get the look: Home 150 speaker, £219, Heos collection,

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7. Super saver

Style, technology and efficiency meet in these Duette energy-saving blinds, which can help to reduce heating bills by trapping warm air in between their honeycomb structure. Available in over 300 colours, they’re made using recycled polyester fibres, can cover the top or bottom of a window, depending on your needs, and this motorised version is controllable using an app or Alexa smart speaker.

Get the look: Duette blinds, from £115 each, both Capital collection; Dream motor, from £237, all

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Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.