4 Ways to Deck Out Your Flat with Smart Technology

Your flat is your happy place, your safe zone and the oasis that awaits at the end of a long, hard day — even if your bedroom only fits a bed and a dresser.Living in a small space doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice a sleek aesthetic and connected home technologies, however; in fact, adding such modernisations to your flat can help maximise the square meters you do have, and help you make the most of your humble abode.Below are a few ways you can optimise your space and bring your flat into the modern realm of the smart home.

Getting started with smart home tech

First and foremost, you’ll need a connected hub, like Samsung SmartThings, to act as the main control system from which you can monitor and control your flat’s settings straight from your smartphone. From there, the possibilities are almost endless.

These five devices, all of which easily pair with the SmartThings hub, can turn your boring flat into a high-tech living space.

  1. Adjust the Hue: Lighting is key in any home environment; nobody feels at peace with fluorescent lighting harshly highlighting every crevice of your living room. No longer are flat dwellers pigeonholed into long-term commitments to lighting schemes such as tungsten versus LED?, all thanks to connected technology.Hue, a smart lighting system by Philips, is a surefire way to ensure your flat’s lighting is optimal. Easily manage your home lighting preferences room by room for any time of day and any occasion. And with wireless, connected home technology, it’s possible to maintain this control from practically anywhere. The below video examines just a few of the remarkable features of Hue.SmartThings can also take Hue to the next level by adding yet another layer of personalized control. Set mood lighting on a timer for when you return home from the office, or remotely control your lighting environment room by room even when you’re not at home. Truly, you’ll never have a dull moment once this modern lighting system is installed and paired with SmartThings.
  2. Keep a digital eye on your home: Just because you’re not living in a sprawling estate is no excuse to be lax on home security. Home monitoring has also joined the ranks of connected technology for the modern age.The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro is an excellent, simple way to keep an eye on your flat when you’re at work, on holiday or even just down the road. The connected camera is easy to install and use, and can function as everything from a home security system to a baby or pet monitor.