Modern technology doesn't have to be dull. This VTech phone sold at Target comes in more lively colors than the average cordless model. (Target)
As technology styles continue to advance, the goal seems to be making them less noticeable. With discreet profiles and dark colors, they’re almost impossible to spot. Still, some of us would rather integrate than disguise these types of items in our homes.
I was surprised how little I found when searching for less traditional varieties. Other than custom or high-end choices, there were not many options. In fact, some of the more colorful pieces I discovered were no longer available.
When flat-screen TVs were first introduced, virtually every brand came in silver, which was something I felt didn’t fit my home. So, I waited until black became the predominant style before buying anything new. Now, silver flat screens are far less common.
There has been a major progression of landline phones for those of us who still have them. They morphed from colored varieties to mainly silver or black cordless models. Once again, I waited until black phones were the norm because that happens to be one of my favorite shades, not because I wanted to disguise them.
While searching for something a little less expected, I learned the more unique types were sold exclusively online, which makes it hard to tell the quality. A few sources, like Target, offer cordless phones in lively colors. Pottery Barn sells retro phones that resemble the old-style rotary dial, but they’re actually push button. And Brookstone carries an impressive selection of reproduction vintage and antique phones, but once again, they’re only available online.
There is always a chance you’ll stumble upon a real old phone at a flea market, but for those who want the original look to be combined with modern technology, the supply is smaller.
Now I understand why my mom keeps her white TV in her quest to have everything match her condo. I’ve found a few unique hues for flat screens, but I’ve yet to find a wide variety anywhere.
Computers are another contender in the creative design category. My mother was originally drawn to Apple products because they offered everything in white. I remember how awkward my first personal computer was and how much space it took up in the room. Now my black laptop is hardly noticeable whether it’s open or closed and it can easily shift from one spot to the next without the need for a designated workstation.
Our gadgets don’t have to be eyesores. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to play a role in our decor.
The next time you’re on the lookout for something unique in the world of technology or any other functional component for the home, do your research. You never know what you might find in the ever-changing market.
Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can
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