It makes no difference if your renovating, redecorating or creating a new space from scratch, all interior design starts with a vision. And when it comes to sustainability and renewable resources, interior design is one of the fastest growing industries incorporating and focusing on "green"interiors.
From the use of rain water to offset water waste, to choosing sustainable and ethically sourced materials like linen, bamboo, cork and recycled glass, the options are endless when using your imagination and creativity.
We believe sustainability should be a part of everyone's interior design approach, in order to help reduce environmental impact and create a healthy home environment.
1. Use energy-wise and efficient design materials
From windows and doors, to flooring and panelling, choose energy efficient materials for your home. Rapidly renewable resources like bamboo are perfect for flooring, and properly sealed, large windows are perfect for using natural light - reducing your electricity needs and helping to create dynamic in design.
2. Decorate with products that are created in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.
We, of course, can't rave enough about choosing sustainable decor. Linen is our textile of choice and for good reason. The fabric is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics. With its strong, naturally moth resistant make up, the material made from flax plant fibres is fully biodegradable when untreated. Not to mention, it helps maintain body temperatures and lasts forever.
3. Reclaim old items and use recycled decor
Vintage, antique and recycled DIY decor is more popular than ever before...and we are NOT complaining. The interior trend is right up our alley and offers a fun, creative way to keep your home sustainable and eco-friendly. Re-purpose old dressers, frames and jars with shabby chic chalk-finish paint, or look in your storage for unused items like old windows, doors and lighting fixtures. Chances are good there's more than enough to work with to create new, stunning interior accessories.
4. Use non-toxic and non-polluting products and materials
It's important for interior designers to know their products. This means understanding what paint and materials are used throughout the home. To truly create a sustainable, healthy environment be sure you are using hypoallergenic paint and wood that have not been treated with pesticides or dangerous chemicals. And always look to what's already in the space. Exposed brick walls and reused shiplap are both stunning and sustainable options.
5. Add greenery anywhere and everywhere
The more greens, the better green design! Add indoor greenery and plants wherever you can. Not only will this bring a touch of the outdoors inside, offering a natural and rustic charm, but many plants actually help to keep the air clean for you and your family (like palms and peace lilies). You can also choose to keep plants like aloe and agave, which also offer different uses in the home, or even keep an ongoing slew of natural herbs growing indoors for use in the kitchen, not just aesthetics.