When it comes to interior design, trends change with every season, and it’s pretty difficult to pinpoint a single style or a single trend that’s dominant in the field. On the other hand, people have picked up on sustainable designs, pieces, and practices, and these are becoming more popular by the day. If you would like to incorporate more sustainable designs into your home but aren’t sure how to do it, we’re here to help. Here are some sustainable interior design trends we should all follow:
Climate change is real, and we are all contributing to it with major energy consumption. Buildings are one of the biggest culprits for the world’s greenhouse gas emissions because, over the years, the architects and interior designers weren’t focusing on energy efficiency. You can make your home more energy-efficient by insulating your home properly so that you don’t have to turn on heating as much. A lot of heat escapes through the windows, so try installing double-glazed windows as these provide good insulation. Having curtains and drapes will help you keep not just the heat but also the cold outside and different “green gadgets” in your home will help you save energy and money too.
Another one of the major “energy spenders” is a home is the lighting. You can pick environmentally-friendly lighting instead – LED lights are more energy-efficient, and compact fluorescent light bulbs will fit into your existing light fixtures easily. They last longer too, so you will help reduce waste as well as save energy. You can also acquire all types of unconventional home décor, such as energy efficient signage that utilises LED neon flex in order to brighten the room and add some much needed mood lighting! Whenever possible, use natural light in your home, because it will also mean that you don’t have to turn on your lights either. You can do this by installing skylights and using curtains made of sheer materials on windows to let the light in.
Find “green” manufacturers
When you are looking for different things to buy for your home, try doing a bit of research and looking for “green” manufacturers who are trying to achieve environmental sustainability. There are many manufacturers out there who are going as green as possible in their manufacturing and packaging processes. For example, King Living furniture is made of many recyclable and biodegradable materials – biodegradable cushion fillings and steel frames that can be recycled. Also, you should always look for products that come in recyclable cardboard boxes instead of plastic packaging.
Try using more bamboo
You should also make an effort to use more natural materials in your home, and bamboo is one of the best. It’s a very sustainable material and, what is more, interior designers are fawning over its qualities. It grows incredibly quick, which means that there’s no need to use pesticides or chemicals to promote its growth. In addition to this, bamboo can easily be grown in different places, which means that many locations in the world can grow their own and not rely on the expensive imported one. It can be used to make a number of products: fabric, utensils, furniture, kitchenware, and scaffolding too.
Buy used pieces
If you want to make your home more sustainable, try to reduce the amount of waste you make. You can do this by buying used pieces whenever possible: clothes and furniture alike. You can find beautiful antique and vintage pieces such as old lamps, chandeliers, coffee tables, and mirrors, and you can even refinish and refurbish them. A simple coat of bright, bold paint and some handiwork will turn them into beautiful statement pieces for your home.
Today’s world is polluted, and global warming is a great danger to us all, which is why we should focus on sustainable practices more. Not only will it help us reduce our carbon footprint, but sustainability will also make our homes look great and be more environmentally friendly. Try to change your habits and mindset, and once you start focusing on natural and sustainable, you will have a great impact on the environment while making your home look great.