Incorporating Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Design in Your Home

01 January 1970

Sustainable interior design is gaining popularity in modern times because of its unique quality of lending a sense of calm and a boho touch to your home. They are environment friendly, comparatively easy on the pocket, and aesthetically pleasing too.

Achieving sustainability comprises striking a balance with the environment while also fulfilling our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to fulfill their own. With the pressing issues of global warming, climate change, and environmental degradation in today's world, it is crucial that we recognize the gravity of the situation and take decisive steps toward a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. According to the old saying, charity begins at home. You can start by building eco-friendly houses as the first step. Our interior design principles encourage sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint. Let's look at some of these design concepts that will not only improve the appearance of your house but also make a difference in an eco-friendly future.

Choose eco-friendly materials:

You need to first understand that going green in households does not mean that you need to install solar panels, conserve water, or reduce electricity usage. No doubt that all these activities play a pivotal role in creating a sustainable lifestyle; however, you also need to ensure that the kind of materials you use in your house are sustainable and eco-friendly. To help you in this regard, we have created a list of items that you can incorporate in your home and make it eco-friendly.

1. Bamboo: A versatile grass with a high strength-to-weight ratio, grown tropically, and a lot like wood, but a much more sustainable option. Bamboo is considered grass and not a tree. It is also one of the fastest-growing plants and is also a great renewable resource. If you look from an ecological point of view, you will see that bamboo requires no or fewer uses of fertilizers or pesticides for growth.

2. Jute: Jute is another sustainable and eco-friendly material that can be made a part of your home interiors. It is not just eco-friendly but is also durable and versatile. It adds a rustic look to your furniture, and hence it can be used in multiple ways to enhance the aesthetics of your home. You can incorporate jute on furniture such as sofas, headboards, ottomans, and upholstery to create a unique and cost atmosphere. 

3. Barn wood or reclaimed wood: Making furniture after cutting down trees is something that is not fair. But reclaimed wood recycles old material, giving it an eco-friendly new life. We suggest you refurbish your interior today using reclaimed wood. If you want to give your interiors a rustic look, then opt for barn wood mantels, rocking chairs, and coffee tables.

Pick environmentally conscious finishes:

We are sure that many of you might not be aware that the paint or varnish that we use to add a little sheen to raw materials plays a role in sustainability too. The elements in many paints contain VOC (volatile organic compound), which is vaporized at ambient temperature and may be present for a few weeks, according to Green America. VOCs can pose serious health problems for those living in the area since they can pollute air indoors and outdoors also. A lot of finishes contain fungicides, biocides, and other pigments that cause harm to the environment. To lessen your environmental footprint, the following environmentally friendly finishes may help:

  • Non-toxic paint
  • Finishes with "low VOCs"
  • Milk paint
  • Water-based paint, stains, and sealants
  • Latex paint

Opt for sustainable lighting options:

Another best way to make your home more sustainable and eco-friendly is by pondering over the lighting that you will be using. Lighting definitely plays a vital role in deciding the vibe of your house. A house is not just lit by furniture but also the lighting that can also oomph the interior of the house. As an interior designer, you can strategically and tastefully add green design to the light sources in your home. For instance, LED bulbs hold a bright future for our planet, and more and more owners and planners are shifting toward it. According to environmental protection agencies, LED light bulbs consume a minimum of 75 percent less power than conventional bulbs, which last 25 times longer. Switching to energy-efficient LED models that use less energy than traditional light bulbs is a perfect way to go green. Installing LED bulbs in lamp and pendant lighting is a more appealing and economical option.

So, above are some tips and tricks that can help you create a sustainable and environmentally friendly home. Try these and let us know how these turned out to be