The Area Card for Lovelace is an upcoming addition to the official selection

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The list of official cards for the Home Assistant Lovelace dashboard is about to welcome a new addition to its ranks: the Area Card. As the name suggests, this card lets you view information and control devices of a defined area. What’s nice about this card is that entities will automatically be plucked from a configured area without you having to lift a finger.

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Two examples of the Area Card in Home Assistant's Lovelace dashboard
Two examples of the Area Card in Home Assistant’s Lovelace dashboard

I believe it’s fair to claim that the Area Card draws some inspiration from the custom Lovelace Banner Card. Though you might claim the latter is better because it lets you display data densely, I never felt it matched the style of the Lovelace dashboard in general. The Area Card looks slick and features an image as its background, to help you quickly recognize on which view you are.

Speaking of the background, an upcoming change to Home Assistant Core will allow you to store an image for each area, as you would do for a person. This change should allow the Area Card to automatically pick the background image, without you having to manually configure one.

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Two examples of the Area Card in Home Assistant's Lovelace dashboard
Two more examples of the Area Card in Home Assistant’s Lovelace dashboard

The addition of the official Area Card for Lovelace is set to be worked on once the area image has been added to Home Assistant Core. As that change has already been merged, it is likely we will be using this card early next year.

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Liam Alexander Colman, the author and maintainer of Home Assistant Guides.

About Liam Alexander Colman

Liam Alexander Colman has been using Home Assistant for various projects for quite some time. What started off with a Raspberry Pi quickly became three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-blown server. I now use Unraid as my operating system, and Home Assistant happily runs in a Docker container. My personal setup includes many Zigbee devices as well as integrations with existing products such as my Android TV box. Read on to find out more on how I got started with Home Assistant.

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