There’s a case to be made for seemingly useless home décor—bowls filled with fruit that you’ll never eat, decorative plates that have never once been used and desktop knick-knacks that have sentimental value and not much else—so long as it all looks interesting enough. On the other hand, technology has made it so home objects can be incredibly useful. Things like home automation can connect an entire residence so that windows can be opened and music can be started with just the touch of a button, and 21st-century kitchen utensils make preparing meals a breeze (opening a can, for instance, is way easier than it used to be). But there’s one thing that home décor has that those futuristic gadgets often don’t: aesthetic appeal. Many speakers, TVs and tablets just don’t look that great, even if they do vastly improve quality of life. Thankfully, a balance can be struck. Here, seven interior designers advise on the home tech that’s changed their lives—and that doesn’t look like a total eyesore.
By Helena Madden
Sonos, Google Nest, Roomba