It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which for many of us means wrapping presents, visiting family, cosy evenings in front of the tree- and lots of time spent in the kitchen. In fact, it can be so easy to get so caught up in the peeling, chopping, dicing and roasting that we forget to simply enjoy spending time with our nearest and dearest.
But who says you have to miss out on the fun just because you’re head chef? There’s now an array of clever tech solutions for the kitchen which can help you get fully into the festive swing- even while cooking up a Christmas feast.
Rock & rolling pin
Forget the days of slaving away in the kitchen while the rest of the family party to Christmas classics in the living room. There are now a wealth of innovative products that can transform your home’s audio experience, making it easy to bring the festive fun to the kitchen.
Integrated solutions can bring audio to all the rooms of your home, without the fuss of unplugging and replugging. Häfele’s exclusive Loox Sound System, for example, allows you to wirelessly transform every piece of furniture you own into a crisp, clear speaker- including your kitchen cupboards. So there’s no excuse not to rock out with your rolling pin while making the mince pies.
From the warm glow of the fire to the twinkling of the tree, Christmas is all about atmospheric lighting which, thanks to technology, can now be extended to the kitchen. Whether you want to mimic candle light or fairy lights – or a little bit of both- there are intelligent kitchen lighting solutions to fit your festive needs.
Loox Modular Switches, for example, are a fantastic way to transform your kitchen lighting with relative ease. Their plug and play technology allows you to change your switches without removing the fitting, meaning you can swap from a touch-free switch – perfect when your hands are busy preparing Christmas lunch- to a dimmer, for a soft, ambient evening glow.
Some intelligent lighting systems even allow you to create and recall pre-set light patterns at the touch of a button, allowing you to easily adjust the colour, brightness and type of beam that’s emitted- perfect for creating a party atmosphere in the kitchen.
Keep clutter to a minimum
Kitchen clutter tends to reach fever pitch at Christmas so any tech you use to help spread the festive cheer should take up the minimum of space. Opting for solutions like wireless chargers, which lie flush against kitchen surfaces for a clean and clutter-free finish, means you can listen to carols on your phone without worrying about the battery, and still have plenty of room to cook.
You should also consider making the most of the vertical space within your kitchen when it comes to accommodating your favourite technology. Häfele’s RingO Wall Mount for iPad is another great way to play your favourite Christmas music, videos or films in the kitchen while keeping surface clutter to a minimum.
Cooking to carols, mulling the wine to mood lighting, or even creating your very own kitchen Christmas disco, however you choose to enter into the festive swing, there are an array of smart tech solutions that can help.
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