How To Have Sustainable Interiors

How to have sustainable interiors

Sustainability is an important consideration when it comes to interior design. Sustainable practices can promote energy efficiency, reduce waste and pollution, and use fewer resources. By incorporating sustainable elements into your design, you can ensure that your home or office space is as efficient as possible while also helping to preserve the environment.

There are many ways to incorporate sustainability in your household but for starters, we will focus on 3 points in this blog:

  • Pick materials with low environmental impact
  • Think long-term
  • Design for energy-efficiency
Pick materials with low environmental impact

Pick materials with low environmental impact

Of course, we pick pieces of furniture and decor materials mainly because of how they would blend with our space aesthetics. Sometimes, considering the material doesn’t even cross our minds. If we want to be conscious with our choices, we should think beyond aesthetics. It’s very rare that we even think of how household items and decorations will be discarded once they reach the end of their life cycle. 

Sustainability and choosing materials with low impact can be as big as buying solar panels and as small as choosing easily accessible materials. When we pick materials with high supply, we support the promotion of renewable resources. For example, you can opt to use reclaimed woods for your bespoke chair, table or bed. There are also a wide variety of options of rugs made out of recycled fabrics. When it comes to paint, the best eco-friendly choices are those with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) such as acrylic, latex and water-based paints.

Think long-term

Think long-term

As mentioned above, we seldom think of how materials will be discarded after their intended purpose. This is why we have to think long-term. Avoid using materials or products that would be changed or discarded often. A good case for this would be seasonal decors. We understand the joy that comes with changing the looks of the interior every now and then. However, if you do this, keep in mind to choose materials and decors that you could use more than once.

Another way of thinking long term is picking multi-purpose materials and pieces of furniture. Wood is a very flexible material that can be used in different ways. For example, your old cabinet could be repurposed as planters or even coffee tables. There is no limit to how we can use sturdy materials such as woods. You just have to unleash the creative in you.

Design for energy efficiency

Design for energy efficiency

The major contributor to climate change is energy efficiency - but we can do something about it. When thinking of energy efficiency, we should think about how we can maximise the flow of natural light in our space. While windows let the sunshine in, it could also be a way for heat to come in. Know what kind of insulation you can use while still inviting light and air inside. Using drapes and curtains is an old but gold trick.

The goal of sustainable interiors is to utilise the available eco-friendly resources. If there would be changes in our quality of life, the changes are all for the better as we try to minimise negative environmental impact while maintaining the aesthetics we wish to follow. 

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