Green Is in: Economical and Eco-Friendly Interior Design
Author Bio: Kelly Edwards is an interior design and home improvement, specialist. She has gained an in depth understanding of the industry by immersing herself in the industry since she was 18. Alongside numerous projects, Kelly enjoys writing in her free time with the aim to inspire people to achieve their own home goals.
Sustainability is having a moment, not least in the interior design world. Increasingly, there’s a focus on taking the environmental impact of a product into account, from the production to the materials and the recycling. But sustainability has a bad reputation for being pricey, which isn’t always the case.
Consider your materials
Materials play a big role in the environmental properties of your home, so it pays to avoid plastics and artificial materials which can have a negative impact on the planet during production and even on our health after they’ve been produced.
Natural materials are not only an eco-friendly solution, but they are often longer lasting and more durable, so they’re a great investment that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come. Materials such as wood, stone, cork, recycled glass and bamboo are all great alternatives to plastic that offer wonderful texture and warmth to your home. Better yet, choosing FSC-certified wood that is approved by the Forest Stewardship Council ensures that the wood is sustainable.
Take note of styles
Sustainable design can be applied whatever style you choose, but it’s important to remember that the most environmentally-friendly approach is a more minimalistic one.
After all, fewer things mean fewer natural resources being used, less CO2 in the atmosphere and less rubbish heading to the landfills. Scandinavian style is a great example of a simpler design concept that makes the most of minimal decoration, durable products and natural materials that are timeless.
A great way to save money yet create a new look in a sustainable way is to upcycle. If the furniture you have is still usable, painting it or recovering it can refresh the look without you needing to throw it out. It’s a cost-effective way of essentially gaining a new item of furniture or decoration, without adding any items to landfill.
You can also recycle furniture found in charity shops or flea markets in the same way. These items are much cheaper than buying new, as well as being eco-friendlier as they don’t require new resources to produce.
Understanding when items need replacing
In some cases, being eco-friendly means making do with what we have or reusing items for as long as possible. For example, we may repaint wooden chairs to give them a new lease of life or recover sofas for a stylish upgrade. But it’s also worth remembering that there are some aspects of the home that do require replacing from time to time.
For example, if you’ve had a bed frame or a mattress for too long, it can actually start to sag in the middle and no longer give your back the support you need. In some situations, it makes more sense to replace your mattress than to try to be economical, as it could end up costing you in the long run. The key is understanding when to repair and when to replace.
Bring nature inside
One of the most economical yet impactful things you can do to enhance your interior décor is to add plants. Not only is this a cheap way of adding style and colour to your home but it’s also a natural and sustainable way of decorating that injects colour and softens the hard edges of a property.
Some species of plants, such as bamboo palms and peace lilies, can even purify the air which makes them a wonderful addition to any space.
Let the light in
Natural light can do wonders for your space, creating a feeling of openness and freshness. And best of all, it’s free and doesn’t require the use of electricity which saves you money.
If you did want to invest, it’s beneficial to upgrade your windows to effective double-glazed replacements that prevent energy leakage throughout the colder months of the year to not only make your home more energy-efficient but also brighter.
An eco-friendly interior provides more than just a stylish living space – it’s also of great benefit to the planet and sustainable small businesses, and it can save you money in the long-term. By achieving a greener home, you can make big strides in helping the environment while still enjoying a striking and stylish property.