Dinner gatherings encompass more than home-cooked meals by budding chefs. Successful dinner parties are seared into the memory by coupling great food and a stimulating atmosphere.
The artful centerpiece has been around for centuries. Ancient Romans often decorated their grandiose tables with seasonal foliage and handmade ceramics. During the Middle Ages, aristocrats would garnish their tables with pastries and marzipan molded into the likeness of people for Christmas celebrations. By the 18th century, centerpieces were made by setting detailed porcelain figures atop a mirror. These focal points were used to complement a meal while showing off the host’s wealth.
In the modern era, gorgeous centerpieces can be crafted from a variety of home items. From flowers and thoughtful bouquets to seasonal figures and portraits, table settings and focal points can be created with almost anything. But what role do these aesthetically pleasing displays provide and why should every home have them?
Centerpieces are significant to amplifying a home’s theme and feel for owners and guests alike. For homeowners, centerpieces offer a sense of subtlety when decorating. Table dressings and living room displays can beautify a small space. They can also represent the homeowner’s aesthetic without overwhelming a room. For home visitors, unique centerpieces add ambiance at gatherings and create conversation. Hosts wishing to attract, appeal, and impress guests should consider displaying a centerpiece.
There are different types of centerpieces for each key room of the home. They serve dissimilar functions that add to a specific room’s style and flow. For instance, dining room centerpieces are used to decorate the middle of a table and add atmosphere for dinner parties. Centerpieces found in the living room, on the other hand, are used to spark conversation and provide a sense of uniqueness. Balanced homes often include key centerpieces for multiple rooms.
When selecting a centerpiece for your home, consider the type of decor before making a major purchase. Traditional homes and styles focus on symmetry and placement. Antique furnishings, floral-prints, and colorful foliage are essential traditional centerpieces. Modern styles focus more on clean lines and mixed media; homeowners looking to complement with a modern centerpiece should seek out metal fixtures or pieces with limited color.
When accessorizing with centerpieces, you can spend from a few to thousands of dollars, important thing is to not compromise your style. Some homeowners and interior designers shop at local consignment shops, flea markets, and thrift stores to find the perfect piece for a space. Others turn to high-end stores or online boutiques that offer more selection to meet their taste. When looking for the ideal centerpiece it’s very important to evaluate your decor style before selecting a centerpiece that suits your taste.
Centerpieces have evolved in the smart home age. Hi-tech gadgets and decor serve as unique displays to embellish rooms. Digital paintings that adjust to a room’s lighting and temperature are common; technicolor fountains and interactive touch-screens entertain guests waiting at the dinner table. While innovative technology reigns supreme, homeowners should consider some of these digital items as worthwhile centerpieces. For truly imaginative pieces, ditch the outdated table dressings and think outside the box. What is going to be your next smart centerpiece?
We live in an age where the word “smart” has become a part of our everyday vocabulary. In the last few years we have seen a whole host of connected smart home products. Everything from smart thermostats that learn from our behavior and adjust the temperature around us to smart door locks that allows us to see who is ringing the door bell, letting us open the door sitting thousands of miles away from our home. This is the era where when we wakeup our coffee maker turns on automatically. Even better it knows what flavor of coffee we want each day of the week. How about you get in your car and it already knows the best route to go on based on the up-to-date traffic news and car accidents. All these have been made possible by what we know as the Internet of Things (IoT). Internet of Things or IoT, simply put is a concept where physical things can connect to each other and/or to the Internet with a simple push of a button. The concept of connecting to the Internet is no longer limited to the phones and computers only.
The kitchen is another area where IoT is already making its mark. Over the next few years we are going to see several new products that are going to make our kitchen smarter. Amazon echo and google home are examples of how verbal commands can help us pull recipes and inform us about ingredients. Smart kitchen thermometers send signal to the oven to increase or decrease temperature settings allowing for our meats to cook perfectly. By the end of this decade Kitchens are going to look and feel a lot different. Big brands like Samsung and LG are already gearing up to be the pioneer in the smart kitchen technology and there are several other small startups trying to bring innovation to the kitchen. Imagine that your refrigerator knows exactly what ingredients you have and proposes a quick 20-minute dinner when you enter your home or may be something elaborate to impress your date. How about if it sends a signal directly to the grocery store when you are running low on something.
This technology is not only going to be limited to big kitchen appliances. We are going to see a whole host of small/handheld smart kitchen tools. Our storage containers are going to be smart so we know what nutrients we are eating the moment we dispense the ingredients. How about the fork that tracks and monitors our eating habits or a smart cooking pan to ensure we get a perfect medium rare steak every time. These are not just fantasies. All this is already happening. There is a new wave of connected kitchen tools. You can only imagine how your kitchen is going to transform in the next 5 years.
Are you ready for all that is coming your way?