Like other industries, interior design is moving toward the trend of going green and more environment-friendly. While the meat and potatoes of interior design are aesthetics—form or architectural function—all interior designers must be aware of what’s going on with our Mother Earth.
With industry standards moving toward helping save the environment, and pulling down carbon emission by going eco-friendly— the fastest-growing sector in the design industry is the shift toward greener and more sustainable designs. Such shift are clearly seen in the architecture and real estate businesses where earth-friendly innovations are implemented such as recycling of rain water for toilet and used water for other purposes, the use of solar panels, as well as the use of organic yet sustainable materials such as bamboo for constructions.
Every interior designer should have a mindset where sustainability is the determining factor of his priorities. This includes using concepts from energy efficiency to reducing the impact on the environment. Interior design schools worldwide have begun incorporating sustainable designs into their training programs.
Below are some tips to achieve your eco-friendly goals
Efficiency in the use of interior spaces can help make the use of building and construction materials, as well as non-sustainable resources, at manageable level. In some countries, small cubicles that resemble capsules serve as the go-to for cities with rapidly growing populations. These capsules, commonly fall under the 300 cubic feet parameter, come with basic amenities like refrigerators and microwave ovens.
Interior designers, as well as architects, can do something about how they design windows and doors to minimize energy consumption. This could include the use of flooring supplies made of sustainable materials like bamboo, and toilets that are designed to save water and other Earth-friendly materials.
Utilize furniture and raw materials from sources that are reputable for being pro-employee while applying Earth-friendly manufacturing processes in doing or promoting their business. Also, it’s good to choose homegrown or local products.
Antique and vintage decoration may be both aesthetic and environment friendly. Choose materials that can be recycled and refurbished in order to save money and lessen wastage.
You may choose to use windows and glass walls to incorporate daylight and lessen the use of electric lights. Should there be the need for electric lights, opt for LEDs, and compact fluorescent lighting to lessen power consumption.
Nowadays, an increasing number of safe and organically sourced products are more readily available. Examples of these are paint free of harmful chemicals, as well as wood and synthetic fiber that are not treated with toxic chemicals.
By incorporating these environmentally sound practices into your interior design, you’re already doing your planet a favor and, at the same time, yourself as well for saving more money.