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CLEVER TIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE
INTERIOR DESIGN

When it comes to creating your own comfort zone, there are many challenges. The best way to start the design process is to think about what would make you feel at home. Here, sustainability plays a key role.

Words By Patrick Carrini

11/05/2021

Whether you have a desire to redecorate, moved to a new apartment or bought a new house, you want to make it feel like home. There are many challenges on the way and while you will be choosing the right colours, browsing through a ton of furniture or simply looking for a new deco, don’t forget about sustainability. This article should give you a better understanding of where to start and what to focus on when going through this creative process.

1. Minimise Waste 

Minimise waste as much as possible. The main problem regarding construction is obviously waste. Remember when you bought a sofa or decided to paint the walls of your flat to a different colour? Then you probably also remember the amount of plastic, cardboard and other packaging materials you binned after the project was completed. In today’s world, if you purchase anything, it already generates a lot of rubbish.

When designing your space, think about the impact on the planet. Green interior design starts with using as little newly created products as possible. Reuse as much as possible, buy only from vendors who you’re sure are environmentally friendly and try to get creative with things you already own. An old table that was in your house for generations can be easily transformed into a modern piece of furniture.

 

Source Sustainable Product

Concerning materials, furniture or decorations, it’s important to be clear what eco-friendly actually means. First – durability – find products that will serve you for a long period of time. Second – source locally – we all love imported wood that gives your spaces a tropical touch, but you can achieve similar effects with materials found at your local provider. Beech and Oak are one of many trees that grow around us and one of the most durable ones. Just make sure your provider is ethical about producing timber.

In every city, you can find many thrift shops, antique auctions or markets where people are selling their unique pieces for an affordable price. Furnishing your house this way will for sure have less impact on the planet, but also, can be great fun. Incorporating an old cabinet into a newly designed kitchen will lift its spirit and catch the eye of your guests when invited for dinner at your place.

Colours and Light 

Choosing the right colour palette for your space is one of the most difficult in the interior design process. We all have our favourite colours, we have ones which we absolutely don’t like, but if you want your space to be eco-friendly, go bright. Brighter colours are not only more motivating and will make you feel full of energy, but also reflect a lot of light. When you imagine a scandinavian interior, where tones of white and beige are dominant, you always feel it is full of light. There’s not much natural light in the nordic countries due to their location and climate, but people there master the art of bringing as much light inside as possible. 

It is also important to think about the lightning features. Of course the easiest practice is to swap all the bulbs to certified LED ones, but there’s much more you can do. Instead of having one main point of light that is strong enough to brighten up the whole space, choose multiple lamps spreaded around the room with more ambient light. If you enjoy cozy evenings with a cup of tea and a good book, light a few candles – this will also help you relax and your room will be full of a gentle scent.

Space full of Life

None of the interior will be completed without a couple of plants. It’s a scientific phenomenon that house plants have a therapeutic impact on us- their presence helps us to relax and they have a positive effect on the air we breathe. Anyone can grow plants if they wish. The variety of species allows you to choose the one that suits your lifestyle and space. 

It’s a good idea to minimise the synthetic materials and replace them with natural ones. When you buy a rug, try to look for one made of wool, bamboo, cotton or jute. As for decorations, focus on glass, natural wood, porcelain and paper. Another important aspect is the fabrics you use. There is a huge variety to choose from, but always go for natural fabrics like cotton, wool, linen, silk or poplin. 

These are a few ideas to inspire you and give a bit more understanding of what it means to live green and how you can adapt your interior to be sustainable and have less impact on the planet.