Interior Design that Keeps the Environment in Mind

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Interior Design that Keeps the Environment in Mind

Eco-friendly interiors are increasing in popularity because of the outstanding benefits they have on the environment, and because of the gorgeous aesthetic value, they provide. 

Eco-friendly interior design can mean and include a number of things such as a design that promotes air purification with various lush plants, or a design that incorporates electricity that came from solar panels. In fact, an expert from a solar panel company in Cherry Hill pointed out that more and more people are using solar panels in order to light their interior than ever before. He also pointed out that he is seeing a significantly larger amount of people designing their homes with the environment in mind. 

Below are some eco-friendly interior design ideas to keep in mind as you re-design your interior.

 Eco-Friendly Design Elements to Incorporate in Your Home

Making your home an eco-friendly place can be easy and doesn’t have to cost much. It’s important to live a more environmentally savvy lifestyle, so creating an interior that revolves around a sustainable environment is a great place to start. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Decorate Your Space with Recycled or Repurposed Products

There are a number of benefits of decorating with recycled or repurposed furniture. Perhaps the number one benefit of decorating with repurposed furniture is that it creates less waste in the environment. If you have a piece of furniture that isn’t damaged, and you’re simply looking for something with a different look, you can give that piece of furniture a new life by redesigning it instead of throwing it out. 

If you don’t have a piece of furniture that is appropriate for repurposing, check out a thrift/secondhand store or look online. Usually, these pieces will be cheap so you can repurpose these pieces of furniture at a reasonable cost.

Additionally, repurposing a piece of furniture will allow you to design the exact piece of furniture you have in mind for your interior design. 

Choose Furniture Made From Natural Wood

Furniture made with solid wood such as walnut, oak, and maple, have a much longer lifespan than furniture made with other kinds of synthetic materials. In order to make this organic look environmentally friendly, look for furniture that is made with sustainable/ recycled wood. 

Environmentally friendly furniture companies make it a point to use woods that are sustainable and recycled in order to not damage the environment by cutting down unnecessary amounts of wood. Similarly, these companies follow a traditional building process, using tongue and groove joints rather than glues and other harsh chemicals to hold the products together.

Natural wood is also a great and sustainable option to incorporate with your floor covering. Consider choosing hardwood floors made from oak or bamboo instead of vinyl or laminate; vinyl and laminate require chemicals in their assembly and may release chemicals into the air upon installation.

Avoid VOC Paint

Volatile organic compounds, more commonly known as VOCs, are detrimental to not only the environment because they pollute the air, but also your health if you are living in a space that is releasing VOCs regularly. 

When selecting any of your interior design products, especially your paint, make sure to choose a product that clearly states, “low VOC.” Water-based paint is a great solution when it comes to avoiding paint that contains harsh chemicals.

Choose the Best Lighting for Your Interior

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design. Lighting in a room can directly impact the mood or feeling people get when in that particular space. However, finding the perfect light that doesn’t use an ample amount of electricity and doesn’t have negative side effects can be challenging. Here are some solutions:

Natural Lighting

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, however, many people don’t know how to appropriately manipulate natural lighting in order to get the most out of it. When designing your interior, pay attention to where the natural lighting falls and decorate/ install treatments around that. By manipulating lighting in the right way, you will be able to limit the amount of electricity you use to light a room. 

LED Lighting

The LED lighting is the most eco-friendly form of lighting on the market right now. LED lighting lasts significantly longer than other forms of lighting and uses only about ⅓ of the amount of energy that standard forms of lighting do. Additionally, because of LED lighting’s prolonged lifespan, LED bulbs will not need to be replaced often, therefore, cutting down on waste. 

Installing LED lighting in your interior is an investment worth making.

Smart Lighting Systems

Smart lighting systems are a great technological innovation to incorporate into your interior design. Smart lighting systems can significantly cut down on the amount of electricity you are using in your home. 

These lighting systems are controlled from an app that can be installed on any kind of mobile device. From the app, you can control lighting in your home when you aren’t there, rather than setting lights on a timer. Setting lights on timers will turn lights on whether you are there not, wasting energy. Smart lighting systems are a solution to this issue and will also cut down your electricity bills

Go Green With Your Interior Design

Making interior design choices that are both attractive, practical and eco-friendly has never been easier. As you design your space, try to pick the most environmentally efficient choice in each design aspect. Keeping these ideas in mind as you begin your redesign process will be beneficial to you and the environment.  

Author: Jenifer Bell
Freelance Writer

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