Sustainable design is the practice of creating spaces that are environmentally responsible and healthy for occupants. It is a holistic approach to design that considers the entire life cycle of a product or material, from its extraction and manufacturing to its use and disposal. Sustainable interior design can be applied to all aspects of your home, from the materials you choose to how you use space.
Here are five tips for incorporating sustainable design in your space:
1. Choose sustainable materials
When choosing materials for your home, look for products that are made from sustainable resources, such as recycled materials or renewable resources like bamboo and cork. Here's an example of wallpaper we used for the ceiling of a master bedroom project. This wallpaper is made from banana peels.
2. Reduce waste
One of the best ways to be sustainable is to reduce waste. When renovating or decorating your home, try to reuse or repurpose existing materials whenever possible. You can also reduce waste by choosing durable materials that will last for many years. When working with our clients, we will often times reuse their existing furnishings to take on a new look with a fresh space.
3. Maximize natural light
Natural light is a great way to reduce energy consumption in your home. When designing this master bath, we maximized the amount of natural light by using the established skylight.
4. Use energy-efficient appliances
When choosing appliances for your home, look for products that are energy-efficient. Energy-efficient appliances use less energy to operate, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing your environmental impact.
5. Conserve water
Water conservation is another important aspect of sustainable design. When designing your home, try to incorporate water-saving features, such as low-flow toilets and showerheads.
Here are a few specific examples of how to use sustainable design in your space:
Use reclaimed wood flooring: Reclaimed wood flooring is a sustainable alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. It is made from wood that has been salvaged from old barns, factories, and other buildings. Reclaimed wood flooring is a beautiful and unique way to add a touch of history to your home.
Install energy-efficient lighting: LED light bulbs are a great way to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your energy bills. LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer.
Add plants to your home: Plants can help to improve indoor air quality and reduce stress levels. They can also add a touch of life and color to your home décor. When choosing plants for your home, be sure to select plants that are non-toxic to pets and children.
Use sustainable textiles: There are a number of sustainable textiles that you can use in your home décor, such as organic cotton, bamboo, and recycled polyester. These textiles are made from sustainable resources and they are free from harmful chemicals.
While there are many things you can do to help with the environment, working with an interior designer who is LEED AP credentialed through the U.S. Green Building Council will ensure they have advanced knowledge in sustainable design.