A home is not only a residence, but also a sanctuary. Today, more families are including security camera systems into the overall design of their homes. Rather than an add-on, home security is an integral part of both the look and the function of a home. Every element — from sensors to cameras — should not only work well, but also look great. Here are a few design tips to incorporate when installing a home security camera system.
Thinking Beyond the Bunker
Creating a true sense of security is as much about making the occupants feel safe as it is about the actual security functions of a home. While obvious and aggressive security features are both necessary and desirable in high-risk environments such as federal buildings and embassies, such features can make a home feel more like a bunker than a place to live. Instead, home security systems should be effective without being intrusive. Things like a home alarm system can provide the right level of security without being overly obvious. These lower-profile elements and an overall less obtrusive system combine necessary deterrent factors with providing a welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
Integrating Security With Design
Achieving security without detracting from the look and comfort of a home requires thoughtful planning about placement, design and even the color scheme. If possible, the design and placement of a home security system should be done at the same time as the design for wall colors, flooring, window treatments and furnishings.
For example, glass break sensors add an important element of security to windows and sliding patio doors, but they can also be unsightly. They can be camouflaged with draperies, shades or blinds, or perhaps placed where they are less obtrusive while still being effective.
Color and Shape
Home security camera systems often come in standard black, white or gray. These colors are neutral but don’t always fit in with a home’s overall color palate. Home security elements can be painted so that they blend in better with the overall room design.
It is also important to consider shape in security design elements. For instance, ceiling cameras are often integrated within a globe casing. Choosing globe-shaped lighting for other fixtures in the same area allows the camera to blend in. Likewise, square camera boxes work better with décor that features angular mid-century modernist furnishings.
The newest recorders have been designed to blend in nicely with other electronic devices, such as cable boxes. Newer recorders, however, have been designed to blend in nicely with other electronic boxes like cable boxes. They do the work of heavy duty security cameras while blending in seamlessly with a home’s overall décor.
Being and Feeling Safe at Home
Today’s home security systems should feature unobtrusive design in addition to functionality. Considering home security design as an integral part of home design is essential to accomplishing that goal.