As technology continues to evolve, so does the increasing number of options for those looking to modernize their homes.

Looking for smart updates for your home? Here are some cutting-edge innovations to help make your life a little bit easier:

Voice activation: Looking for instant lights or music when you enter a room? A voice activation system could be the solution.

Home-temperature monitoring: From preset thermostats to those that can be monitored remotely from your smartphone, many options are available.

Integrate a home automation platform: With companies such as Control4 leading the pack, there are many ways to automate processes in nearly every room of the home.

Get the app: Gone are the days where you have to be physically present to turn anything from lights to a home alarm. When looking for ease of use, choose a company or product in which you can use an app on your mobile device.

Look for decor elements to integrate into tech plans: They can include automatic shades or drapery.

Consider a home theater: Home theaters are more popular than ever, with brands such as SnapAV, Triad and JVC offering products for the ultimate experience.

Get a camera: Looking for ways to monitor your home from afar? With the help of a camera and a home automation system, you can see who comes and who goes from anywhere in the world.

Integrate your alarm system into a platform capable of remote access: From being able to unlock doors remotely to turning an alarm off and on a mobile device, technology makes it easier than ever to connect with your home.

Scale it: Many home-automation systems allow the user to scale up or down, adding different functions and capabilities, depending on their needs.

Use a smart remote: Many companies allow a homeowner to access a security system, dim lights, turn on music or television, lower shades and more with the ease and functionality of a single remote device.

Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington. Contact her: