What is sustainable interior design and why is it right for you?
Society is becoming more and more aware of the importance of sustainability in design and how it can make an impact in our interior spaces. How you choose to design and decorate your space, be it your home or a commercial space, has a direct and important impact on how you interact with it and even feel and behave within it. It also has other, more far reaching effects on the planet that you might want to consider. Read about the five main principles behind eco-conscious interior design and how it can help us reduce our negative environmental impacts and build a brighter, greener future.
- Choosing products from businesses who operate in a responsible and sustainable way, conserving natural resources, and using energy, water and materials efficiently. Where possible sourcing renewable materials that have been sustainably certified and meet strict environmental and socially responsible criteria, be it FSC timber, EU Ecolabel mattresses or Blue Angel furniture. Second hand and vintage are even more sustainable.
- Waste reduction with these 4 Rs: Reclaim, repurpose, reuse and refuse. Opt for products that include reclaimed or recycled materials, for example, recycled glass countertops or upcycled furniture. Refuse pieces that are made of poor quality, toxic or polluting materials and/or that you’ll get tired of looking at after one season and want to toss out. Think longevity over trendiness.
- Energy efficiency: Install the most highly efficient materials and products you can. These can include heavy insulated curtains to either keep in cold or block out sun, low-energy lighting systems, or walls painted in lighter colours to make use of natural daylight and reflect heat effectively. It’s true that some of these eco-conscious items may cost more up front but they almost always pay off in the long run, both financially and environmentally.
- Design for healthy environments: We spend most of our time indoors and so health should be a top priority when it comes to designing and decorating an interior. Did you know that indoor air pollution is one of the five biggest environmental threats to public health? We can improve the air quality in our environments, and thus our health, by looking for paints and products such as furniture that emit low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other pollutants. We also know that exposure to plants and natural sunlight aid make us happier, healthier and being in an indoor environment with elements that remind us of nature make us feel more serene and relaxed, and who doesn’t like that? Biophilic design principles aim to restore some of the broken connection between humans and nature by addressing our need for natural elements in our interiors.
- Achieving a greener, lower-impact interior without compromising aesthetic qualities and coherent style, and more importantly, design that YOU like and that expresses your wants and needs best.
Eco-conscious e-design service launching soon!
How the process works:
- I give you a detailed questionnaire to assess your wants and needs for the space, along with your likes and dislikes.
- You measure and photograph your space along with any pieces you would like to keep and use.
- You send me some inspiration images and links to products that you like.
- You receive custom, personalised mood boards, styling boards, perspective room visualisations floor plans with one complimentary revision.
- You receive the final design plan and shopping list with clickable links.
- You have any work carried out and install the pieces at your own pace and enjoy seeing your dream interior become a reality.
E-design might be for you if you:
- would like to have a professionally styled interior on a budget
- would like a fast turnaround time (a matter of within a few weeks rather than months)
- can measure and photograph your own space
- are happy to order products on your own and handle any returns/exchanges
- can hire any tradesmen (painter, installer etc) on your own