Did the importance of green interior design pique your eco-friendly interest? At SENGA we believe in mindful design and the protection of our planet. This April we have all the helpful tips and knowledge to help you on your way to eco-friendly living.
If you are planning a remodel and want to consider some eco-friendly options, here is our green materials guide to get you started.
Using sustainable materials in a green remodel is a must. Therefore, as designers we must be mindful that the elements we incorporate are produced sustainably from easily replenished natural resources. For example, materials like concrete, are phenomenal alternatives to traditional flooring and countertops. Even better, concrete doesn’t contain toxic chemicals or produce harmful emissions in your home over time.
Other options for flooring and cabinets include bamboo, coconut palm, and sugar palm trees. These materials are ideal due to their incredible regenerative capabilities. Other ways to use sustainable materials include organic fabrics like cotton, hemp or wool for any draperies or furniture fabrics. Be sure to pass on synthetic fibers with harmful chemicals and flame retardants. The world of green materials has come a long way. Designers and homeowners don’t have to skimp on style to remain eco friendly.
Recycled materials are one of our favorite components on SENGA’s green materials guide. One of the beauties of interior design is the freedom to explore new uses for old materials. In addition to using reclaimed items like wood for floors, cabinets, tables, and other decorative items there are a multitude of other recycled products for interior design. Cork for example is an excellent choice for flooring, cork contains no pvc or harmful formaldehyde binders and is often sourced from old wine stoppers and bulletin boards.
Recycled glass is another one of my personal favorites. Glass that comes from old bottles, windows and other sources can be melted down and color treated to then be used as tiles for backsplashes in your kitchen, bath, or fireplace. Because trees are a precious resource and the waste of paper goods is monumental, compressed paper countertops are becoming a more common option for homeowners.
These functional and eco-friendly countertops are then covered in a nontoxic resin to make them water and stain resistant. Recycled materials like these offer designers eco-friendly options that are equally elegant within any home.
If you are thinking of smaller fixes to implement throughout your home, here are several options from SENGA’s green materials guide. LED lighting and energy efficient appliances are one way to cut down on your energy usage. Furthermore, tools like Nest thermostats and motion sensor lighting help you to further control your energy usage. Another way to be mindful of your home’s eco-friendly attributes would be to use non-toxic and low volatile organic compound paints and sealants.
If you are upgrading your decor, educate yourself on the materials in your new couch, rug, or table. Are they made of organic and non toxic products? Eliminate options made with harsh glues, formaldehydes or dyes. For an eco-friendly and luxurious option, try out Sandra Jordan’s Prima Alpaca textiles. These splendid fabrics are ideal for drapes, chairs, pillows and more.
Outside of the home you can use a water collection system to gather rainwater for your landscaping. The use of solar panels to mitigate rising energy costs is also a feasible way to become eco-friendly and self sustaining.
There are a multitude of ways to be mindful about your home’s interior design. Whether you are undergoing a full remodel and want to implement some of the elements from SENGA’s green materials guide, or you feel like making a few key changes to your furniture and appliances you will be making a difference.
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