With environmental concerns becoming a bigger priority in 2019, the interior design industry has become a lot more interested in eco-friendly characteristics. These days, homeowners and designers have been incorporating materials that not only focuses on improving air quality and saving energy but make your home look superbly stylish, too!
If you are interested in going organic, here are 10 easy ways you can have an eco-friendly home redesign…
1. Incorporate Natural Plants
One of the most common ways of turning your home green is investing in some beautiful and natural indoor plants. If looked after properly, plants will help improve the air quality of the room by providing oxygen and filtering out harmful chemicals from the air. Additionally, flowers are genuinely beautiful features to have in your home - and with a wide selection of different species, colours and shapes, you can find the perfect one to match your interior theme.
2. Avoid Clutter
This includes general items that are unnecessarily revealing in your home, such as several photo frames, paperwork, wires and ornaments etc. Whilst some of these items may have sentimental or purposeful value to you and your room, space is a key element when achieving eco-friendliness, and it simply can’t be incorporated if there is no space!
Furthermore, if a room is cluttered, you don’t have enough space for healthy movement, and at times it can be very inconvenient. This can affect your mindset within your home dramatically. On the other hand, with relatively clear walls, floors and surfaces, you have space for better functionality, movement and comfortability. After all, a huge advantage to being eco-friendly is the mental benefits you can obtain with it, so any obstructions might deflate that effect.
3. Take Advantage Of Natural Lighting
Not only can you make your home look good, integrating environmental features can help save money on your bills, too! One of the easiest and best ways to do so is by taking advantage of the natural lighting desperate to get in. Regardless if you invest in bigger windows or thinner curtains, the right lighting can make all of the difference in space. Therefore, if you are looking to maintain natural lighting into your home, dispose of any thick curtains, avoid dark colours on walls and if possible, expose your windows as much as possible.
4. DIY Furniture
If you are looking to invest in some eco-friendly furniture for your home, why not add a personal touch by making them yourself? If you are handy with DIY jobs, this could be the perfect project for you. Forget furniture made from plastic and other harmful materials, find yourself some environmental matter and build something creative.
5. Outdoor Colours
Sure, the colour of your room may not affect your energy bills, but they certainly do affect the interior design of your home. For instance, you could have a spacious room with beautiful plants and huge windows, but it will be all futile if you choose to have an inappropriate colour on the wall. Avoid dark colours like black and purple as much as you can, and invest in some shades that suit typical outdoor spaces, like green, brown and beige etc.
Whatever the theme you are going for, environmental or not, the colours of your walls will impact the impression of anyone who walks into it, so take that into consideration when redesigning.
6. Keep It Local
It’s pretty pointless ordering something that is supposed to be beneficial to yourself and the environment, to have it shipped across the globe to get to you. If you are considering taking the eco-friendly home makeover pretty seriously, we would recommend keeping the shopping trips as local as possible, so your morals and aims are kept balanced!
7. Green Roofs, Walls & Floors
This idea is the ultimate transformation for an environmentally friendly home! Also known as “vertical gardens” or “living walls”, this consists of an entire wall, floor or ceiling of plants. From grass to roses, this is an amazing dose of nature to include in your home. In addition to this, these vertical gardens help improve air quality and barely take up any space in the home - it’s a win-win!
8. Recycled Furniture
As well as DIY, you can also invest in some recycled furniture. With the Earth’s current conditions, the manufacturing of recycled furniture has become highly popular and respected within the industry, and customers seem to be as impressed. From tables and chairs to picture frames, there are so many different types of furniture being made out of recycled goods.
9. Energy Efficiency
Making your home look eco-friendly can be stylish and easy, but the point is futile if your home is wasting energy and water. Every year homeowners waste hundreds to thousands of pounds just because they left the water running, the light on or decided to put the heating on for a little longer etc. Therefore, turn your home into the ultimate eco-friendly home by investing in some energy efficient lightbulbs, having shorter showers and turning that thermostat down etc.!
In addition to this, there are so many different ways you can save some money on your energy bills - ways that can be easily implemented into your household’s daily routine. For more tips and tricks, check out our blog, “How To Cool Down Your Energy Bill This Winter?”
10. Choose Natural Textiles
Last, but not least, incorporate some natural textiles into your home for improved air quality and an extra boost of luxury. With synthetic materials such as plastic, fibre and leather, these textiles are neither good for health or eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives that you could use instead. Including bamboo, wool and cotton etc.
Implement these materials into all aspects of your home, avoiding anything that could be unattractive and damaging to the environment.
We hope these 10 environmentally friendly points will be beneficial to you for your interior design makeover.
Thanks for reading.