Why Designers Should Source "Smart" for Client Projects

Why Designers Should Source ‘Smart’ for Client Projects


Did you know that one in ten renovated homes have five or more smart devices after a renovation?

As of the 2016 U.S. Houzz Smart Home Trends Study, nearly half of renovating homeowners were incorporating smart systems or devices during their renovation projects.

Now it is 2018. Which means more ‘smart’ systems and a greater need for interior designers to know what technological upgrades are available for their client’s homes.

If your client is the type of person that likes to have control of every aspect of their life than it is time to introduce them up with a ‘smart’ upgrades. ‘Smart’ upgrades are what come together to create a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device. Check out this list of smart devices interior designers need to know about to learn more.

For regular home renovations, lighting is the most common upgrade. But, when it comes to ‘smart’ upgrades, more and more people are investing in security/safety renovations.

Smart vs. Not Smart System Upgrades

Specifically security/safety devices like cameras, sensors, video doorbells, and motion-sensing lighting.

Smart vs. Not Smart Security or Safety Devices

Interestingly, while the highest ‘smart’ investments are in safety/security devices, the highest satisfaction rates for their investments is in entertainment and lighting ‘smart’ upgrades.  

Why Designers Should Source "Smart" for Client Projects

So, what does this mean for interior designers?

More and more clients feel they are ready to make ‘smart’ upgrades in safety/security rather than lighting and convenience. However, while there is a greater desire from the client to have a trustworthy security/safety system, the smart devices on the market for security/safety are not quite yet meeting client expectations. Therefore, as an interior designer, when advising your client on the best ‘smart’ upgrades, entertainment and lighting are the way to go.

Written by Sarah Rebarber 

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