We all know that today, it’s all about being environmentally-friendly. Large companies are trying to reduce the impact their operations have on the planet while homeowners are trying to design their homes in a more eco-friendly fashion. So, if you’ve been thinking about giving your interior design a facelift, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider the idea of going green. And if you don’t know where to start, here are five eco-friendly interior design ideas that might be exactly what you were looking for.
1. Inhale, Exhale; Just Let it Grow
There’s hardly a better way to make your interior eco-friendly than to introduce as many lovely plants as you can into it. Plants are a great natural tool for filtering air and removing harmful chemicals from your home. Still, plants aren’t just about the health benefits they provide. Potted plants are also guaranteed to make your home more stylish and create a more natural ambiance. Of course, there are plenty of potted plants you can choose from, which means you’ll be able to find something that matches the style of your home.
Bamboo palm, gerbera daisies and peace lilies are some of the most popular options among modern homeowners. For help choosing the right one, Kelli from Groom + Style wrote this great guide: 12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Clean Your Air.
2. Reduce, Re-Use that Recycled Glass
Recycling glass is one of the best ways we can reduce pollution and waste. Compared to using raw materials to make glass, recycling needs less energy and causes reduced water pollution by 50%. Therefore, it makes sense for you to use recycled glass in your home’s interior. You can do this by using wall tiles as well as counter tops made from recycled glass, specifically designed for those who want to aid in preserving the environment. Another great way to introduce recycled glass into your home is by using recycled glass bottles for decorating.
Besides being more environmentally-friendly than standard glass, granite and quartz, recycled glass tends to be cheaper as well. For instance, the typical cost of recycled glass counter tops is usually between $50-$80 p/sq ft, not including installation, whereas granite slab counter tops typically start around $80 p/sq ft. So not only are you giving back to the environment, but you are also saving some cash.
Let Your (Natural) Light In
The more natural light you let in, the less energy you’ll use on artificial lighting – an easy cost and energy savings. And there’s no need to say that reducing energy consumption is one of the most important things we have to do when going green. So, if you’ve been thinking about remodeling your interior, installing a couple of new windows is definitely a great idea. We also recommend positioning them on south if you want to maximize the amount of sunlight you let in. Danish window company Velux has also created an innovative window skylight balcony combination in a variety of sleek finishes, not only increasing your natural light and enjoyment of your space, but also safety as an easier fire exit than a simple window.
When decorating in an eco-friendly fashion, it’s actually much better to go for custom made furniture than to buy retail, mass produced furniture. Companies that offer custom made furniture usually use more environmentally-friendly processes than mass production companies. This is true especially when you consider the fact that these national companies usually want to create the furniture as cheaply as possible, using plastics, and mass amounts of low quality wood. Most of the mass produced furniture consists of about 70-80% particle board, which is less durable than other board products. They then have to wrap the furniture and palletize them for distribution to stores across the country, and let’s not forget the fuel output to get it there. Thus buying custom furniture will be reducing your carbon footprint. If you can afford the up-front investment into custom furniture, it’s worth the investment in the long run, as it lasts much longer than furniture you can buy in retail stores, and you can brag that it was an eco-friendly purchase.
Light it Up in LED
We’ve all heard so much about LED lights during the last several of years, and the research continues to support the use of LEDs. LED lights are by far a better option than standard incandescent bulbs and that’s why many modern homeowners continue to use them. Firstly, LED bulbs have longer life expectancy than other options out there. LEDs tend to last about 30,000 hours compared to 1,000 for typical incandescent bulbs and 10,000 for CFLs. On top of this, they also use less energy which makes them a perfect option for your home’s interior. They have come a long way too, and you can get LED lights in almost any color temperature, size, style, wattage, etc. According to some reports, LEDs could help you reduce your energy bill by 20%, so they really are worth the investment.
Follow these five ideas and you should be able to make your interior as eco-friendly as possible. Of course, there’s no reason to stop here as you should always keep looking for new ways to make your home more environmentally-friendly.