What Is A Smart Bedroom?

smart bedroom designs

What Is A Smart Bedroom?

A bedroom is a place we go to rest, to find comfort and solace from the workday and to find peace. A place where luxury and comforts are welcome, which is why technology is starting to play a larger role in the design and creation of modern bedrooms. As with anything that applies technology to a traditional concept, bedrooms with new gadgets have been dubbed the smart bedroom.

But what exactly is a smart bedroom and why would you want one?

A well-designed bedroom is important!

The ideal bedroom is not only a place of rest and relaxation, but it has to be a sanctuary that allows you to foster a sense of wellness and absolute rejuvenation. A bedroom’s design can play a vital role in the quality of your sleep and can have a huge effect on your health in general. We’re all about optimizing homes, so let’s dive in and see what it takes to upgrade your bedroom into the future.

What is a smart bedroom?

As the name suggests, a smart bedroom is one that blends technology into your sleeping space. It can essentially be described as an automated setup that can include multiple devices, such as motorized blinds, smart speakers, smart thermostats and self-adapting lights. These are all connected to each other via an internet connection and can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the house using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. 

Currently, there are three main competitors in smart hubs available in South Africa, they are;

  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Apple

What you will need to create your own smart bedroom:

Overall, having a smart bedroom is all about making your life easier and more comfortable, so we’re going to look at a variety of devices that you can incorporate into your bedroom.

1. Smart lighting

Smart lighting in your bedroom allows you to determine the atmosphere by setting scenes. For example, you can have the lights go on slowly as your alarm goes off. Conveniently, you can control the lighting remotely when you go to bed, without having to walk to the switch.

2. Smart nightlight

A smart nightlight is motion activated and will only go on when you’re up and about and not while you’re sleeping. Perfect for those middle of the night bathroom trips, You can say goodbye to bumping your toes or blinding yourself with light at night.

3. Smart thermostat

With a smart thermostat, you can ensure your bedroom has the right temperature on time, saving you money on electricity. And before you go to sleep, your smart heating can ensure that the room is comfortably warm on time.

4. Smart air purifier

Smart air purifiers provide your bedroom with good air quality. An air purifier in your bedroom regulates when the air is purified on its own. In addition, you can use the app to set times for this, yourself. This way, you’ll be sleeping in a bedroom with good air quality at night.

5. Smart connectors

A smart connector lets you turn a non-smart device into a smart device. This way, you can switch devices in your bedroom on or off remotely. For example, you can control your fan using your phone. 

6. Smart Blinds

Natural light is one of the best wake-up calls in the morning. With smart technology, you can hook up a motor to your blinds so that they will open when you want them to. You can set it to activate when it detects sunlight, or you can integrate it with your smart alarm clock to go off with the alarm.

7. Smart Pillow

A smart pillow provides you with a hands-on approach to tracking your sleep. It uses sensors to see how much you toss and turn throughout the night, and it can even be programmed to wake you up in place of an alarm, by gently vibrating until you get up.

Bottom Line

As you can see, there are so many different ways to incorporate technology into your bedroom. Once you get the ball rolling, we’re sure that you’ll want to add more and more devices to make your life even easier. 

Find out more about bedroom renovations.

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience, and during that time, we’ve renovated hundreds of homes; we pride ourselves on being a premium home renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

Contact us today for an obligation free quote.

creating a man cave

How You can Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Man Cave

Man caves are modern-day sanctuaries that allow boys and men of all ages to escape the harshness of everyday life. Typically filled with memorabilia, gaming equipment, and whatever your hobbies and interests may be.

A spare bedroom is a perfect area to turn into your man cave because it is often underutilized and sparsely furnished.

Here we’ll look at how you can turn a spare bedroom into a man cave:

1. Empty Canvas

Remove all traces that the room was at some other point used as a spare bedroom. Put the furniture in another room, store it, or even better, sell it to furnish your decorating endeavour. Empty the cupboards of anything unrelated to the room’s new purpose.

2. Get painting

Paint the walls in a light shade of blue, green or brown. Avoid darker hues, as these make the space seem smaller than it really is. Save the darker colours for skirtings, cornices or decorative items.

3. Functional furniture

Decorate the room with one large piece of furniture, such as a sofa, that anchors the space and provides a focal point. Bring in two to three smaller pieces, maybe a small side table for drinks and snacks. Avoid cluttering the room with several larger pieces of furniture, as these make the space feel smaller than it is. Choose multi-purpose furniture to cut down unnecessary items, for example, a coffee table with drawers.

4. Hang the TV

Do away with the television stand and hang the flat screen on a wall-mounted bracket. Hang a shelf under the television to store any components, electronic accessories, headsets and controllers.

5. Memorabilia

Place any memorabilia, action figures or other collectables on hanging shelves, instead of displaying the items in large cabinets. This allows you to free up floor space while showing off your collections. Avoid overloading the shelving with too much as it will make the space feel cluttered and overstuffed.

6. Light it Up

Place a floor lamp in the corner or allow the sun to shine through the windows. Avoid heavy, dark curtains and maybe opt for blinds or shutters. The extra light makes the room seem lighter and larger.

7. Reflection

Incorporate a mirror into the room. Hang a decorative bar mirror or choose a mirrored coffee table to reflect more light. This makes the space feel larger. A single mirror placed opposite a window reflects light throughout and adds a feeling of depth.

Final thoughts

The key to creating a man cave that is personal to you is to get creative and to include the things that are important and meaningful to you but that don’t take up too much space.

If you’re looking to create a man cave in your house, but still stumped on how to get started. Contact us and we will help realise your man cave dreams.

Find out more about home renovations.

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience, and during that time, we’ve renovated hundreds of homes; we pride ourselves on being a premium home renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

Contact us today for an obligation free quote.

French doors in bedroom

Why French Doors Are Perfect For The Master Bedroom

French doors are a stunning addition to any home, enhancing the overall aesthetics and functionality of your space. They have become quite popular over the last few years and the variation of designs and styles continue to grow. French doors, as you will see, are usually used to connect your bedroom to the outdoors, giving you the ability to open them up and let the fresh air flow in. 

In this article, we will look at why French Doors are perfect for your master bedroom. 

First up though, let’s find out;

What are French Doors?

French doors are typically hinged double doors that open outward, but sometimes they can also open inward. When they are open, they provide full access to the width of the opening they’re installed in.

Why French Doors are Perfect for the Master Bedroom?

1. Shine On Through

One of the major benefits of installing French doors in the master bedroom is the amount of light that is able to shine through them. For your master bedroom, choose French doors that consist mostly of glass, this will add light and create a welcoming warmth to your bedroom. 

2. Enhances Your Bedroom’s Design

Due to their distinct design, French doors can complement any bedroom style, creating an elegant yet homely look and feel.

3. Improves your Bedroom’s Functionality

Not all French doors lead to an outdoor area, these doors also work well to create a space between the bedroom and maybe a home office or adjoining room. Creating an overall open flow of your room.

Another wonderful idea is to have French doors installed leading into your bathroom. Frosted glass French doors maintain privacy while allowing light from the bathroom to spill into the rest of your master bedroom.

4. Illusions

French doors can easily make a small bedroom seem much larger. The glass French doors tend to create the illusion of more space in a room, which is ideal for small bedrooms. 

5. Living Inside Out

French doors leading to an outdoor patio or balcony area creates such a beautiful continuation of the whole space. Bathed in natural light, this allows you easy access to the outdoors. Especially for gorgeous mornings where you can enjoy your first cup of coffee watching the sunrise!

6. Add Value

Master bedroom upgrades have proven to bring a substantial return on investment in terms of home renovations. As such, installing French doors in your bedroom will certainly raise the value of your home. 

So there you have it! No matter what type or style of French door you choose, you can be assured that you will be adding character and style to your master bedroom. A home renovation such as this can be an exciting, yet daunting prospect. So get in touch with us today and let us help your vision become a reality. 

Find out more about home renovations.

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience, and during that time, we’ve renovated hundreds of homes; we pride ourselves on being a premium home renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

Contact us today for an obligation free quote.


benefits of a free standing bath

6 Reasons Why You Should Opt For a Freestanding Bath

With all the stress and pressures of life, nothing beats slipping into a warm bath at the end of the day. A few moments to just unwind and relax. An indulgence we would all certainly love to be able to enjoy in the comfort of our own home. Especially in these uncertain times where we find ourselves spending maybe even more time at home.

 You’ve seen it so many times in the movies, the scene is set. The woman walks into the bathroom to soak up after a gruelling day and there it is, in all its grandeur… the freestanding bath!

The freestanding bath has seen a huge rise in popularity over the past few years. In addition to its practical use, a freestanding bath is the ultimate luxurious bathroom fixture.

Instagram and Pinterest are swamped with images and posts of this trend, and you might be wondering if it is right for you. 

We have six reasons why you should opt for a freestanding bath for your next bathroom renovation.

1. Easy to install

Thanks to the design and overall functionality of a freestanding bath, it requires minimal installation besides the general plumbing that is needed. Unlike standard baths which need to be installed against a wall, you can position a freestanding bath anywhere you like in a room.  

2. Creates a luxurious space

Simply put, a freestanding bath just looks incredibly luxurious. It is a symbol of decadence and relaxation, that is not easily achieved with a built-in bath. Freestanding baths make an eye-catching and beautiful focal point for the room and allow you to create a warm and inviting space.

3. Comfort

Freestanding baths are crafted for people who love to spend time bathing and relaxing, so comfort is a key consideration of most designs. Compared to a built-in bath, freestanding baths often have more depth to ensure you stay comfortable. 

4. Defines your space

The open space around the bath makes any room look bigger and creates a dramatic central point. Whether your bathroom is filled with accessories or just a couple of key items, your eye is immediately drawn to the large tub and the space around it.

5. Increases your home value

Whenever you make any kind of home renovation it is always wise to consider what the impact on resale will be. Not only will a freestanding bath add character to your home it will also make your space unique and undoubtedly add significant value as well. 

6. Spoilt for choice

There is a multitude of options when it comes to freestanding baths, which means you’ll be sure to find one in the perfect style to match your bathroom design. Whether you’re going for something contemporary, vintage or maybe even a statement piece, the choice is yours.

With so many reasons to opt for a freestanding bath, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We can help you choose one that will suit the style, size and functionality of your bathroom, perfectly. 

Find out more about home renovations.

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience, and during that time, we’ve renovated hundreds of homes; we pride ourselves on being a premium home renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

Contact us today for an obligation free quote.


Sunken lounge decorations

How To Furnish A Modern Sunken Living Room?

When you’re putting up a house, the type of room you want turns out to be an important feature of your soon-to-be home. The colour, choice of style, concept, and theme are something to consider because this is project will be long-term, and you can’t afford just to let it be without following the style and preference you want.

The modern sunken living room, for instance, may perhaps look unfamiliar. However, these days are otherwise; modern sunken living rooms remain very popular and are now considered a modern design for homes since open-concept houses are trendy. So, if you consider the sunken living room for your new house, then you probably want to know how it’s done and perhaps how to furnish it. That’s why in this article, you will know more about the modern sunken living room and why many consider this type of concept.

Why Consider Modern Sunken Living Room?

One good thing about a sunken living room is that it gives you a place to separate, even just within your home. Since the sunken living room is a few steps below your home, it somehow gives you the privacy you need within an open room.

Even if this concept can relate to the 1920s, it still never goes out of style and always hits the mainstream until the 1960s. This design introduces a feeling of intimacy to houses and encourages families and visitors to gather into one cosy and small space.

Tips in Creating a Modern Sinking Living Room

So, you’ve come across the concept of a modern sinking living room into your home. Here are the tips you might want to consider helping in furnishing or creating a modern sinking living room.

Choose the Right Colour and Light

Sunken rooms in the past were usually dark and not that welcoming. Since you want something modern, utilizing colour and light will make the space more inviting. Combine the same shade of colours in this room, like what you did in the rest of your home.

Don’t forget to put on plenty of lights, as this interesting furniture overhead will not make your modern sunken room feel or appear dark and boring. Furniture and upholstery should perhaps match so that the room will be a solid part of your home’s concept or design.

Take Precautions

Always note that visitors are not that used to sunken spaces as the ones who live in your home. It would help if you took extra precautions or install materials like handrails to ensure the steps were marked clearly. You may also use other design or flooring for your stairs so that they will be recognized easily.

You may also paint the stairs that don’t blend other parts of the floor so they could easily differentiate and easily know where to step. Or better yet, put lights on the floor, for this will not only serve as a precaution, but it could also be a great design for your modern sunken living room.

Choose the Appropriate Furniture

Always keep in mind to make sunken places look more useful and less intimidating. Through putting beautiful furniture, it will give your sunken living room a clear purpose, and that is lounging or for movies and entertainment.

You may also put a toy storing area and activity centres if you want it to be also used by your kids because no matter how you will use that sunken space at home, filling it with furniture will get rid of that awkward angle.


Whether you love or hate modern sunken living rooms, it’s always a part of home design for years and now a century. This concept is exciting as long as you have it in a modern and stylish way. This is a perfect design that will make your home feel more intimate and relaxing. It is where you can throw a party and a beautiful spot for taking family photos.

If you give your best in deciding to design this, the sunken living room will surely become a beautiful, buried treasure for years. It has advantages that any normal living room doesn’t have. One day you will realize that you’ve made the right decision for having this spot.

Find out more about home renovations.

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience, and during that time, we’ve renovated hundreds of homes; we pride ourselves on being a premium home renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

Contact us today for an obligation free quote.

Get a free Quotation