Smart Home Trends for 2022
Home technology is constantly changing, and even with the supply chain in crisis, 2022 is no different. Below you will find a few of the things we expect to see going into more luxury home projects in 2022. If you see something that interests you, please reach out to your BRAVAS today to find out how we can help.
1. OLED Prices Dropping
Televisions have become incredibly affordable over the last few years. The cost is plummeting, the average size sold is increasing and smart technology is in just about every TV sold in the US. But one thing that has been overlooked on the most affordable TVs is the quality of the picture. The current king of picture quality is OLED, or Organic LED, technology. OLED creates a lifelike picture with dark blacks and incredible contrast, so nothing looks muted and gray. OLED prices have been dropping as well, making the best possible TVs more accessible than ever. When you consider your next TV don’t just look at how cheap of a TV you can find, consider how great of an experience you can now get for your money with OLEDs from Sony and LG.
2. Attractive Speakers
Architectural speakers, or speakers designed to be installed in walls and ceilings, don’t really change much. But in the last few years we have seen a huge increase in the use of invisible and “small aperture” speakers across all BRAVAS locations. These speakers used to look better while sounding worse. But as of the last year or so invisible and small aperture speakers are now among the best sounding options available, truly letting us have our cake while eating it too.
Invisible speakers are installed in the drywall and textured or wall-papered over, leaving them completely hidden. Small aperture speakers remove the large speaker grill and replace it with a small opening, typically just 3-4”, designed to match current lighting trends. Both can help provide that truly unique finishing touch for a modern luxury home, and we expect to see more this year than ever before.
3. Quality Materials
Another trend that we see growing in 2022 is an increase in the quality of materials going into home technology, specifically those things homeowners interact with directly like light switches. Lutron newest keypads, Lutron Alisse and Lutron Palladiom feature metal and glass in place of plastic, better matching the quality of client’s hardware, countertops, and light fixtures. We are seeing metal bodies on Savant remote controls, brushed metal finishes on Lutron roller shade hardware and the removal of cheap hardware like thermostats.
If 2022 is the year you plan to build a new home, renovate your existing home, or simply update your technology, please consider letting BRAVAS assist you. It would be our privilege to help make your home a better place to live, work and play.