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We have done previous round-ups on smart home technology as home automation trends continue to be on the rise. Though we are still far from the world of The Terminator (we hope), you’ve got to admit that this smart tech does make our lives much easier. If the thought of automating your whole house is a bit uncomfortable for you, why not start with something simple—like curtains?
You’d be surprised at how much curtains matter in the house! Aside from keeping the peeping Toms out (especially in a crowded place like Hong Kong, where flats are stacked window to window), they play an important role in décor by creating ambience and pulling the room together—kind of like rugs. So how do smart curtains come into play?
Well, it’s not a complicated concept: Smart curtains are regular curtains, except fitted with a motor and allowing remote access within apps that control the curtains’ placement depending on need. All in all, they’re pretty smart and intuitive devices.
With a gentle motorised tug, smart curtains will automatically draw themselves completely open or closed depending on your instruction. Smart curtains can be remote-controlled, so say goodbye to getting up from your comfortable perch and pulling curtains by hand. With just a simple click or the tap of a button, your curtains will open and close with an elegantly smooth and—most importantly—silent motion. You can also set up a wireless wall switch operated with batteries, whether it’s on the dining table, on the wall next to the door, or on your bedroom nightstand—anywhere you want.
If you have the option to include wired-in technology, you could consider wired motors. It allows you to integrate the curtains into your home automation system, which is ideal for larger and heavier blinds since it will have a continuous power supply to motorise. If, on the other hand, you are worried about the need to renovate your home in order to accommodate the motor, there’s also another option of using a battery pack, which provides a wireless power solution so you won’t have to compromise your décor.
If using a remote control feels a little clunky (and heaven forbid if you misplace it somewhere), another way to motorise your blinds and curtains is to download and use an intuitive mobile app that controls your curtains from one convenient place—the very smartphone that’s glued to your palm. If you want to go completely hands-free, you can use the voice control function by connecting the curtains to smart speakers such as Google Home or Amazon Echo Dot and just ask them to “open the curtains”!
There’s nothing better than waking up to natural sunlight when you can program your curtains to open at your desire, not to mention using voice command to open them into the perfect position for certain lighting set-ups for your selfies and photos!
Smart curtains are the baby steps to starting your smart home journey. So where do you go to get yourself fitted out? This is where Somfy steps in. With more than 50 years of experience in the business, Somfy is the leading global manufacturer of motorised curtain solutions for homes and buildings. At the backbone of all that Somfy does, their designs are infused with timeless French design, quality, and style, enabling you to control natural light levels and room temperatures, so you have total control over creating different moods in different parts of the house.
Needless to say, Somfy curtains also protect your privacy or define areas to optimise space. Smart solutions like these that let you remote control your curtain movements are optimal and suitable for all areas in your home, particularly hard-to-reach windows, high-ceiling windows, and deep-sill windows.
Somfy curtains also come with their own remote control designs to add even more style to your decor. Taking your existing interiors into consideration, you can choose from multiple elegant colours, such as rose gold and silver, to find the best colour match for your home. If you prefer an alternative smart solution, you can download the Connexoon Window RTS app to your smartphone and have all in the control in the palm of your hand.
Wondering what options are available with Somfy? Get in touch with them today to find the best solutions for your home!