Earth kind interior design goes beyond just the materials we choose for our homes. A true green approach is led by low impact production and sustainable, environmentally sound solutions that continue to conserve the world around us. And it’s important to consider the link between eco-friendly interior design concepts with architecture, renewable energy, renewable technologies and more.
From the different ways to power our houses – such as ground source heat pumps or the growth of offshore wind farms – to the choices we make with household waste management, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to designing a green living space. Here are some green design tips to consider for the eco-friendly home:
Work with Natural Sunlight
There is nothing healthier or more beautiful than natural light in the home, and utilising this free source of light will help to reduce your household’s impact on resources. If large windows and the application of glass walls, doors and ceilings hasn’t been considered in the build stage, you can draw in more light with the placement of mirrors and reflective surfaces.
Choose Chemical Free Wall Coverings
For your walls, choose environmentally friendly paint that does not emit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Natural alternatives to paint include recycled wallpaper, wood panels, cork or ceramic tiles. These options can often be more expensive but when maintained with the right care, they can last for many years to come.
Know Your Wood
Naturally, replacing all plastics with an organic material like wood may seem like an obvious choice when it comes to furniture. But even when it comes to shopping for wood, there are different levels of sustainability to think about. There’s ‘good wood’ and ‘bad wood’ alike.
Opt for wood from sustainably harvested forests, sustainably harvested tree farms or go for reclaimed wooden furniture.
Upcycle Unwanted Furniture
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – and that is the art of upcycled furniture. This interior design concept gives new life to unwanted, unused materials. Reducing the problem of waste in landfills and fighting the cycle of demand and production within the mass manufacturing industry.
There are a variety of materials that can be upcycled, including wooden objects, metal or fabric. And you won’t have to search far to find your resources. Old curtains can be re-designed into cushion covers, old wooden crates can be fashioned as storage units, and an old pair of ladders can be transformed into a bookshelf.
Design a Water Wise Home
Indoor plants are a great way of purifying the air and creating a happy, healthy environment for the whole family. But when it comes to indoor and outdoor landscaping, it’s important to build a water wise topography, to help reduce overall household water usage. Choose plants that can tolerate drought and for your garden, select plants that attract wildlife and help to create a safe habitat. A drip-irrigation system should also be used outdoors.