5 Eco Friendly Interior Design Tips for Earth Day
20th Apr 2018 Design Inspiration & Lifestyle
Interior Design is not just about choosing the perfect aesthetic, it is important to think about sustainable design. This Earth Day we have rounded up our top eco-friendly interior design tips.
Here at Kindred, we always put sustainability at the heart of our designs. Designing your home to be environmentally friendly is not only beneficial for the environment, it is also beneficial for the health of your household. Our top tips will reduce your impact on the planet without giving up your comfort or style.
Use Plants to Decorate
Using houseplants to decorate will improve the air quality within your home. Houseplants breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, filtering the air and removing harmful chemicals. This is a simple (and easy) way to add a sense of natural beauty to your home.
If you really want to improve your indoor air quality, the best plants to use are peace lilies, bamboo palm and aloe vera.
Let Light into your Home
Now it is finally beginning to get warmer it is important to make the most of the daylight. Utilise your rooms with south-facing windows, as these will get the most sunlight during the day! Using daylight instead of electrical lighting means you can save on your energy bills. When you do light your home in the evenings, use energy-efficient lighting.
Choose Furniture made from Natural Materials
Forget furniture made of plastic, polyester and nylon. Consider furnishing your home with a natural wood like bamboo.
Buying new natural furniture can often be more expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. We love looking for antiques and restored furniture to add a rustic, warm touch to our homes.
Choose Natural Textiles
Don’t just furnish your home sustainably – accessorise sustainably too. Try wool-stuffed pillows and mattresses. This not only cuts down on products that end up in landfills, it also means your accessories are not made up of VOC-laced flame retardants, which can lead to health problems. Wool is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and recyclable. It is also considered to be the most fire-resistant textile fibre.
Use Stone or Wood Flooring
Carpets can be full of chemicals and pollutants, and it often releases these toxins into your home during its lifespan. Even the hardest-wearing carpets need to be replaced often. Opt for real wood or stone to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Will you be making any changes to your home this Earth Day?