Renewable resources are the key to sustainable design. The bulk of materials used when outfitting a space is often relegated to the floors and walls. Given your preference for sustainable design, you will likely favour hardwood over tiles and artificially-made elements.The use of renewable wood has made sustainable floor and wall finishing a viable practice. Bamboo, in particular, is leading the way. Bamboo reaches maturity between three and seven years whereas other commonly used woods can take longer to be harvested. Recent advancements allow better manipulation of width and overall design while the use of ecofriendly stains can give it a darker tone to match your preferred look. A room where floors,
walls, and frames are outfitted in renewable wood makes a positive aesthetic and eco-conscious statement.
2. Reduced Dependency on Electricity Through Natural Lighting
Reducing the need for energy consumption in a space is also imperative to eco-friendly design. This is being accomplished by maximizing natural light. Designers are paying close attention to window and skylight installations and how the natural position of the sun provides natural light throughout weather conditions. It is recommended that day lighting be part of an integrated design approach to create an eco-friendly interior. In addition to
window installations, motorized blinds and shutters (made from sustainable materials) are being used to manipulate natural light and reduce dependency on artificial illumination.
3. Reclaimed Wood Furnishing
The use of reclaimed wood has been one of the biggest trends in furnishing for the past couple of years and shows no signs of slowing down. Tables, chairs, desks and countertops are being crafted from reclaimed wood. The concept looks great in all sorts of spaces. Not only is this an eco-friendly practice, it offers the most customized experience as no piece is ever the same. It is the imperfection of each piece that makes it so attractive. Homes and offices alike are embracing this trend and the health of the planet is better for it.
4. Anything Repurposed
Interior designers and decorators are taking an eco-conscious and imaginative leap by repurposing items not traditionally thought of as furnishing or decorative pieces. This concept known as up-cycling is all the rage. One could canvas abandoned warehouses and industrial auctions for items that could be refinished, refurbished, and/or repurposed as a centrepiece or other statement-making accent. An old barrel or oil drum can be outfitted to
serve as a functional yet eye-catching table for the home. Rustic car parts can be turned into benches for offices or commercial spaces. The possibilities are truly endless. Once again you benefit by having a one-of-a-kind decorative item in your home or business while reducing waste.
5. Living Walls
The great outdoors is making an appearance inside as one of the most unique interior design initiatives of its kind. Living walls or green walls are growing in popularity. The concept involves partial or complete coverage of a wall with greenery that includes a vegetative growth stimulator, such as soil, and depending upon how expansive, an integrated water delivery system. Benefits are not only aesthetic. Living walls introduce a natural way to
purify the air, optimize heat fluctuations in your space, which can serve to reduce your energy expenditure and helps reduce stress levels for you in the home or in the office.
By Nabil Audie Mohammed