When we think of elegance and style in our homes, we often think about décor. Things like lighting and automation are often afterthoughts when, in reality, they help showcase everything we’ve tried to create in our homes. After all, your beautiful furniture and colour tastes are diminished in harsh lighting and made non-descript with poor lighting planning.
Lisa Venus, co-owner of Muskoka Smart Homes, says, “the appropriate lighting at the right time and in the right space makes all the difference in creating the aesthetic we want. But we don’t always consider how lighting affects mood, energy, and even sleep.”
Lutron’s innovative technology enhances the atmosphere of any personal space. “It’s about more than lighting, really—it’s more along the lines of curation of your space.”
Lights and motorized shades can be automated to provide the perfect amount of energizing natural light in the morning and can evolve seamlessly into creating an optimal lighting palette for late afternoon and evening.
Your Lutron HomeWorks system can detect when you are approaching your home or cottage and pull out all the lighting stops for you in advance of your arrival. A single controller also lets you control lighting, temperature, and more when you are away, giving you that all-important peace of mind.
“If you’re in your upstairs office and want to turn the heat up, you can simply pull out your smartphone and manage it from there. The system can also work on voice commands for controlling temperature, lighting, and even your favorite playlist,” Lisa says.
Another feature to consider is the look of the designer keypads. “Lutron has recently introduced the Alisse keypad to its HomeWorks offering,” Lisa says. “It offers a beautiful design aesthetic that will complement interior décor with sophisticated, intuitive controls and recall your favourite scene with a single button press. Say goodbye to the standard bank of multiple white light switches.”
Keypads come in many finishes including brass, chrome, black, and matte white and are able to match your thermostat and electrical receptacles.
“When you’ve invested time and money creating the ideal home or cottage, it’s important not to forget about the smaller touches, as well. Some people don’t think about how standard keypads, sound, or temperature control panels can detract from the beauty of your space. HomeWorks’ designer controls look like they belong in your home. They’re sophisticated and offer much more advanced technology than you would find in a retail environment. You deserve elegance.”
Muskoka Smart Homes is one of the few dealers north of Toronto certified to install Lutron’s HomeWorks automated systems. “This is a cut above retail, and we’re delighted to provide this service.”
TEXT Kari Klassen
PHOTOS SCOTT TURNBULL