Interior design is all about the aesthetics, feng shui, and how the things in the room make a person feel when they walk in, whether that is the owner or one of their guests. However, security is very important as well, but nothing ruins the look of a room like a security camera. Or does it?
Security cameras and alarm sensors don’t have to be a detractor from your interior design. Here are a few ways you can make them work while not ruining the vibe of your room. Of course, the first step is to make sure you select the proper camera for your needs.
The best ones for interior design will be like the Nest Cam. It comes with several mounting options, from a base that simply allows you to set it on a table to magnetic or screw mounts that allow you to attach it to walls or metal surfaces.
These options are important when you are deciding where to place your cameras, and how best to deal with them in relation to your interior design.
Hide the Cameras
One of the most obvious options is to hide the cameras. This simply means that you use plants on a shelf, books, or even such extremes as mounting the camera inside of a wall or shelf to hide the fact that it is even there.
This method can be effective, however, there is a risk: hiding the camera so others cannot see it also means the camera itself cannot “see” as well. This means you may be creating blind spots while hiding it, potentially creating issues that would interfere with the cameras function.
Still, if done correctly and without creating any blind spots, hiding cameras can be one of the best ways to keep them from interfering with your interior design and the feng shui in your room.
Cover the Cameras
Another option is to cover or disguise the cameras. There are several ways you can do this to keep the cameras from being seen, or at least keep their visual impact to a minimum.
- Use light boxes the color of walls to disguise cameras. While someone can still see the lens, if done correctly the boxes can be hidden in corners or alcoves where they are much less obvious.
- Use fabrics with strategic holes. Disguised pillows, blankets, curtains and other fabrics can be used to cover cameras without interfering with their ability to see and record what is going on.
- Mount cameras inside other decorations. Mounting cameras inside a picture frame, a specially designed statue, or another decorative item allows them to be covered and yet still function properly.
The advantage of covering cameras is that it is not obvious to an intruder where they are, so they are less likely to attempt to disable or avoid them.
Integrate Cameras with Other Features
Sometimes the answer is obvious. Modern cameras look good, and no longer have long, thin bodies that make them obviously stand out. Some are round or square, and rather compact. You can integrate a camera into the center of a photo or art collage just as if it were another piece of art on the wall.
They can also sit on shelves, as a part of a display of collectables or other home décor. Placed properly in a candle display or with other items on a shelf, they can be both attractive and far from obvious.
Sometimes the best way to not make something stand out is to not hide it, but simply make it seem like it belongs. If you choose the right camera design, one that fits with your current décor scheme anyway, it can be easy to integrate it with displays you already have.
Keep Cameras in the Open
The other option is to simply keep cameras in the open. Leave them where people can see them, and where it is obvious what they are and the purpose they serve. For the most part, people understand both the need for security and privacy, and as long as the cameras are not simply downright ugly or intrusive, they don’t have to look bad.
Remember that there are many manufacturers of cameras, and just as many styles and colors. You can find ones that match your current design, your decorating theme, and even blend well into your wall colors.
Cameras and security devices don’t have to be ugly and detract from your interior design or your décor. The options are plentiful. Whether you plan to hide them, cover them, integrate them into your design or simply leave them out in the open, you can do so without interrupting the flow or mood of your room.
All you need is a little creativity and openness to the right kind of ideas, and your cameras can look and feel like they belong.