IAnD ExclusiveBy Marina Correa
Photography: Courtesy mybeautifulife and HP Lakhani Associates
Go for the luxury that affords a stress-free and enviable lifestyle! Forget all your woes this festive season and cull the ambience of your choice with sophisticated home automation applications…
With guests pouring in for pooja, taash parties, movie fiestas and many an entertaining evening; you can transform your home into a calm oasis, scintillating atmosphere, cosy cocoon or sizzling dance floor – with just a click on an iPad…
Customizing all the required features on a hand-held device is all it takes to create the exact scene and schedules you would want to play out before your guests arrive.
For instance, while entertaining a few close family and friends, go for the intimacy desired “by mixing two different light temperatures within the same room to serve different purposes such as socializing and dining along with colour-changing LEDs besides audio, video modes to suit the mood of the moment,” says Harish Lakhani, principal architect, HP Lakhani Associates.
Similarly, when throwing a big party, change the settings – up the audio decibels, switch on all the cameras, set the right air-conditioning temperatures; in short, address all pre-party nitty-gritty so that everything runs smoothly and is enjoyable to both guests and host alike.
Don’t leave the colours behind! Switch on a single light fitting allowing one the flexibility of white, warm white, daylight etc. “It’s important to create light effects as it stimulates our senses much like aromatherapy. Today, chromotherapy is proven to scientifically reduce stress levels,” says Sonali Shah, principal interior designer, Mybeautifulife.
And for the ultimate soother - a movie fiesta, tune in your home automation system to generate a high quality cinematic experience by integrating home theatre, closure of drapes, dimming of lights, complete movie mode integrated into just one switch that allows a seamless flow of functions to take over, while you relax and enjoy the drama unfold!
A word of caution: ZZ Architects, who are renowned for designing ultra-luxurious homes advise, “It is important to consider up-gradability of the system and feature additions as per the changing needs. It is necessary to determine, right at the planning stage, the actual purpose of a space and the kind of mood it should exude. With rapid innovations in home automation, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities.”