Sustainability never goes out of style11 Jan. 2023
Sustainable architecture and eco-friendly interior design ideas - is it a new trend in the design world? Well, that’s what we are led to believe, but in fact sustainability in design is a returning trend.
For years, humans have been using materials from their surroundings to create durable living spaces. Natural materials have always appealed to consumers, take wood and marble for example, they have not gone out of style in the interior’s world. Architects and designers are now branching out to find new and innovative ways to sustain the trend that has worked wonders for us from the start, to create spaces where people are more connected to natural elements and their surroundings.
So how are they doing it?
- Use of natural materials
Besides using neutral colours, using the right eco-friendly materials can help create a timeless, relaxing and soothing ambiance for your space while being sustainable. Examples include:
Bamboo. Bamboo although a lot like wood is far more sustainable. Already paving its way amongst interior designers, bamboo is now being used for many design projects to make flooring, furniture and fabrics.
Recycled Metal. Recycled metal is now being used to build furniture and is known to create a quirky,industrial look which is a trend now hugely popular. It can also be used for lighting fixtures, railings, and art sculptures, all things that can be used to revamp any space.
Reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is made out of recycled material and can be used for mantels, flooring, accent walls, and cabinetry. This material can help give your space a rustic and cosy vibe.
Bio-Glass. Not only helps create stunning features for your space from countertops, bathroom sinks, walls, stained glass, and interior flooring but is one of the best design solutions for designers looking to go green.
- Biophilic Design (use of plants)
This trend of using plants to amplify the ambiance of any space is referred to as ““Biophilic Interior Design”. More and more interior designers are now using biophilic design to help them create a calming space with a visual connection with nature to improve wellbeing, health and productivity.
- Reusing and restyling
Reusing items, you already own rather than replacing them, is a great sustainability in design trend that has now gained popularity among many people. Giving an old item a second life, helps you create unique pieces with a hybrid feel while at the same time extending the lifespan of the item.
- Use of energy efficient lighting
Did you know, lighting is an interesting design factor you have influence over?
Using the right colours to light up a room is crucial for this trend. Lighter colours reflect more light and using reflective surfaces can further increase the amount of light in a room.
Switching your light bulbs to energy-saving LED bulbs. This small change allows you to positively impact the environment while keeping the fixtures that you love.
- Use of paint with zero VOC’s
Why is this a sustainability in design trend? Although a fresh coat of paint can brighten up a room, you may want to take a deeper look into the paint you use. Most paints contain VOC’s that emit gasses and can pollute the air inside spaces and pose health risks. Paints that contain zero VOCs contribute to healthier indoor air quality.
Ready to add a sustainable touch to your space, yet?
Although there are a variety of substantiality in design trends you can incorporate into your space, this list is just a means to get you to start thinking about the bigger picture. How eco-friendly products and materials can be used in design are not boring but in fact trending.