10 Home Tech Finds That Double as Decor

These home decor pieces are pretty and tech-savvy

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A modern home interior with a smart home automation system on the wall.

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Technology doesn’t have to be at odds with your design preferences. From picture frames to lamps to side tables, you can easily incorporate more tech conveniences in your space while staying true to your aesthetic.

More brands and innovations are emerging that marry the two in harmonious ways. Big tech names such as Samsung, Netgear, Nanoleaf, and Amazon are producing technology that blends in discreetly or doubles as a statement piece. Familiar home decor retailers, including Wayfair, West Elm, Hay, and Ikea are also getting in on the fun by featuring everyday staples with smart or more technical features. 

No matter your level of tech-savvy or your experience with smart home products, these decorative items are brimming with subtle tech benefits that could also fit your design scheme.

Modern Sprout Smart Growframe

Smart Standard Growframe

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Plants bring visual interest to any space, but why not put them front-and-center with this decorative smart grow light/frame? This 20.8-by-17-by-5.5-inch steel frame comes in four shades, is wall-mountable, and features long-lasting, full-spectrum LEDs that can last up to 50,000 hours. Once you get the frame positioned where you want it and your plants in place, set the optimal lighting schedule and lighting intensity with the smartphone app. Modern Sprout recommends choosing eight hours for low-light plants, but 12- and 16-hour increments are also available for plants that need more or full sun.

MIPOW PLAYBULB Candle Bluetooth Smart Flameless LED Candle

MIPOW PLAYBULB Candle.

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Whether you’re hosting an outdoor gathering, staying in for some pampering, or want a low-maintenance nightlight, this smart flameless candle can set the mood. The PLAYBULB candle works exclusively with the companion mobile app and three AAA batteries that can keep this cute light illuminated for up to 60 days. If you opt for multiples, you can customize the lighting shade on each one or create a uniform color story. And if you miss the real-live flame, tip the unit upside down and pop in a votive candle for special occasions.

Aura Mason Frame

Aura Mason Digital Frame

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Beautifully crafted frames are perfect vessels for displaying pictures of loved ones. The Aura Mason Smart Frame combines a clean, thoughtful silhouette in two shades with the ability to upload and share photos and videos directly to the frame from the Aura app. Make this an interactive experience by inviting friends and family to contribute photos through a web link or a private email address set up specifically for the frame. This frame also offers vertical and horizontal orientation flexibility, touch functionality, and adjusts brightness based on ambient light.

Nanoleaf Elements Wood Look Hexagon Smarter Kit

Nanoleaf Elements Hexagon Smarter Kit lights on wall above desk.

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Make your smart lighting a focal point with these nature-inspired LED lighting panels that offer a sophisticated take on the trend. This starter kit includes seven hexagon-shaped LED panels that have a natural wood look to them and give off soothing ambient light. Arrange them however you please and control the lighting scenes from the Nanoleaf app or using the onboard buttons. You can also set these panels to change the pattern based on the music you’re listening to. The beauty of this lighting feature is that you can leave it off and the arrangement will still look great.

Amazon Echo Show 15

The Amazon Echo Show 15 smart display.

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Smart displays can simplify your routine, and the Echo Show makes staying connected and organized even easier and more visually appealing. This 15.6-inch smart display is the biggest from the Amazon brand and looks like a frame while integrating all the technical features other Amazon smart products offer, including a high-definition (HD) touchscreen, a camera, calendar, notes, and lists powered by Alexa, and media streaming. The Echo Show is wall-mountable or displayable with a stand you can purchase separately.

LuDela Remote Control Candle Starter Kit

The LuDela remote-controlled candle.

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If you love pillar candles but worry about remembering to put them out, this rechargeable candle allows you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a real flame more safely. This remote-controlled wax pillar lasts for up to three to six months after charging the built-in rechargeable battery. Inside the pillar is a liquid paraffin cartridge (replaceable after 50 hours of use) that’s the source of the real flame. Set a timer from an hour up to eight hours and the flame automatically goes out or press a remote button to extinguish it.

Meural Canvas II

Meural Canvas II

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This digital art frame helps you change up what you display with the convenience of a mobile app on your smartphone. Upload and create visual playlists of digital artwork or favorites from your phone gallery. If you’re interested in choosing from the library of over 30,000 famous pieces of art or venturing into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), you can add on a Meural Marketplace membership. This frame comes in four wood finishes, including light and dark wood, black, and white, and 21.5- and 27-inch sizes.

Koble Zain Smart Side Table with Speaker and Subwoofer

Koble Zain Smart Side Table in the corner of a room.

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This circular accent piece doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and a subwoofer. Pair your phone and control the volume and playback from the panel of discreet controls on the top of the table. The surface has a walnut look and also includes a wireless charging bed for compatible smartphones. If your phone can’t charge wirelessly, plug it into the USB port. The wooden finish comes in four neutral shades with a complementary upholstered base. If you’re interested in getting two end tables/speakers, you can pair them together to create an attractive stereo system.

Are you looking for a durable, modern, wire-free lamp? The Hay PC Portable Lamp is everything you could want in a stylish and portable light source. Available in six vibrant color combinations, this lamp runs on a long-lasting LED bulb. You can replenish the built-in rechargeable battery with a USB cable and expect up to 10 hours of operation. This lamp also includes a touch-dimming function and a scratch- and water-resistant ABS plastic build, so you can easily use it inside and outside.

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame with Wi-Fi speaker

The IKEA SYMFONISK picture frame and speaker on a console table.

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This dual picture frame/speaker from Ikea is a clever solution for enjoying music without cluttering your space with audio equipment. This Wi-Fi speaker and frame comes in two colors, black and white, and features an abstract pattern on the front panel. When mounted on a wall or propped up with other artwork on a console table, this slim speaker blends in while delivering quality sound, thanks to the built-in Sonos speakers. Other than plugging in the frame, all you need to do is download the Sonos app to add your speaker and queue up some tunes.

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