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5 MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR DESIGN

As sustainable interior design is a rapidly growing concept in the industry, this article provides a list of Staiy’s five favourite materials to enliven your ecological home.

Words By Patrick Carrini

01/06/2021

When it comes to sustainable interior design, the commitment to protect the environment is as important as investing in the property. We should thus reconsider the way we build and design our spaces. Currently, designers are focused on evaluating each material they use by taking into account its life-cycle and environmental impact. Here is a list of five materials you should consider in your own place.

Natural Stones

If you’re looking for a natural touch that will serve you for years, marble and travertine are the answer. These come in a wide variety of patterns and colors, so you’re guaranteed to find something that will suit your taste. Travertine is mostly used in kitchens and bathrooms as it’s very durable and adds elegance. Marble is unique in its form as every cut is different and you can create magnificent combinations.

Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the greenest and most eco-friendly materials used in interior design and it has endless possibilities. For instance, as it’s grass, not a tree, it can be renewed over and over again. Indeed, it takes only five years for it to reach complete maturity whereas hardwood trees like oak need 60 years. Moreover, it can be used as flooring due to its tensile strength and durability. You can also find plenty of choices when it comes to decoration, both indoor and outdoor. 

Glass

Glass is the most common and endlessly sustainable material because it can be recycled. You can easily make it work in any space. Although it’s mostly associated with structural features, it can be used in any configuration. In fact, there is a ton of different furniture made out of glass and a great selection of home decor, like vases, plates, glasses, and lanterns. It perfectly combines with any, is durable, and doesn’t stop the natural light. 

Sunlight

Technically speaking it’s not material, but it plays a very important role in your interior. The amount of sun you get throughout the day affects not only the way your space looks but also your mood and health. When choosing window dressings, it is important to know what type of fabric will let the light in and how it will react to it. Not only does it save on electricity, but the endless supply of sunlight can also shift your interior and give it a more modern, elegant, and inviting feel. 

Textiles

There is a great selection of sustainable textiles available on the market. Wool, linen, and hemp amongst many others will definitely create a homey atmosphere. Linen and organic cotton are the best for curtains. The calm and neutral colors of these two materials add a positive and cozy vibe to any interior. Hemp is one of the strongest and most durable fabrics so it’s perfect for furniture and rugs. Another great material and one of my favorites is jute. This widely used fabric has become very popular recently and it’s mostly used in carpets, rugs, and furniture. It can be easily combined with other softer fibers to create pillows, upholstery, and throws.