Guest Blog By: CHLOEDOMINIK
This is a guest blog post, all thoughts and opinions belong to Chloe Dominik.
When Nanoleaf told me they had a new range of their designs coming out but with a natural twist to it, I was intrigued. Going around the design fairs I had already seen and played with products from Nanoleaf. So I was really excited to try their new range of smart lighting wall decor, the Nanoleaf Elements.
One of the things that I love about their new range is that it looks so natural. The hexagon shape and the fact the panels are made to look like of wood grain material. Very biophilic! They subtly blend in perfectly with your home surroundings. Whereas the other ranges I thought were also cool but I could see them more in a more commercial office or a tech setting. The Elements range you can put in any room in the home and it wouldn’t look out of place.
I had a perfect place to try out the Nanoleaf Elements. There was a totally blank wall in one of the bedrooms of which was crying out for something on the bed wall. I already knew what kind of layout I was thinking of for the wall. Something organic and random pattern I thought was best suited. I didn’t want a pattern that was “obviously designed.” There are plenty of design inspirations to get some ideas from which I did look at beforehand.
I found it was better once in the room to play around with the panel arrangement on the floor first as I already knew it wasn’t going to a be complicated design. Once I played around with the panel layouts on the floor, I took a photo of each layout to see which design I preferred. Then I got a tape measure and took an overall dimension of the width and then the height of the design. I took those measurements and put them against the wall to make sure I had enough space and for the positions of wall panels.
I got the starter pack which is a 7 pack of hexagon Nanoleaf panels along with an extension pack of 3 panels. So 10 smart panels all together. Which is plenty enough to create an impact in a room. I ended up using 8 of the 10 panels as I wanted a design a bit more simple.
Nanoleaf Elements Installation
I said yes to trying out the Nanoleaf Elements that I didn’t even think about the installation! But thankfully that was one of the easiest things to do! It’s just self-adhesive strips on the back of the panels which your press to the wall.
I literally thought I was going to have to get the screws and the drill out but it was super easy. I spent more time figuring out the layout of the panels and moving the bed from against the wall than actually putting the panels up! It took about 30 minutes to put the panels up altogether.
With the Nanoleaf Elements, the lighting settings are cool and warm white lighting. Ideal for any setting and gives the best ambient lighting without being over the top or too techy. More of a natural glow that fits the whole idea of the wall decor perfectly. I love that it just back to the basics. And you can even set the elements to tie in with the natural body clock.
The Nanoleaf Elements are natural-looking and of a simple style, which is great because you can arrange the panels to be as simple or add more in for a more decorative pattern. There are so many things in one product. The wall decor looks great whether the panels are turned off or you use the mode setting. The past few days I’ve been leaving them on a visual display mode in just relaxing on the bed or with a book. It really sets a calming atmosphere in the bedroom.
Another mode I’ve been having fun with is the Splash music mode. This mode is really great when you’ve got some music on as the panels pick up the rhythm of the music and create a visual light display based on what you’re playing. I’ve been playing my chill tunes as well as some epic film soundtracks just to see the light display playing along with them! (You have to try it!)
Nanoleaf Elements are so easy to pair up with your phone as well. You can turn them on or off straight from your phone and set up different groups for different rooms from your phone.
• Try out different design layouts of panels on the floor first. Take measurements then double-check measurements on the wall.
• Take photos of your design for reference so you know what you’re doing when mapping them on the wall.
• Make sure you have a power supply on the wall or close by before you put up your first hexagon panel. Plugin the power source first and connect to the first panel then work out the rest of your panels from your photos from there.
• Put in your relevant link connectors into your panels before putting them up the wall. It’s a lot easier rather than lifting the panel just enough from the wall to put the link connector in after it’s been stuck in place.
I’m going to be making a few more additions to the bedroom now that the wall Elements are up. It feels like a little modern-day retreat when I’m in the bedroom! I’m already thinking about what other rooms I can use them in! I have another idea to use them in the reading nook of the living room. I’m going to leave them where they are for now. But there are so many places you could use these!