Sustainability has become such a buzzword over the years, and rightfully so. Using eco-friendly alternatives to the environment has brought about numerous benefits to our lives. In Interior design, it is not always about using natural or recyclable materials. There is a lot more for us to discover. There are numerous great products that can be incorporated in our interiors and transform them into beautiful spaces.
Incorporating wood into your furniture or finishes might mean cutting down living trees. Now, we know that is not friendly to the environment but we can use reclaimed wood. This allows the use of recycled wood or any other old material made of wood. This will give your home an eco-friendly new life.
Plastics for a long time have wreaked havoc in our environment. However, they can be recycled and put into good use. For instance, they can be used to make tabletops and kitchen surfaces. The colours on plastic items are quite solid and might be resistant to fading which will keep your items looking glossy and new for a long time.
Natural stones have become very popular choices for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, backsplashes and flooring. Besides their beautiful appearance, natural stones are easy to take care of and they are known for their durability. For instance, if you have travertine in your home, you can shape it yearly and clean daily with natural stone cleaner.
Fabrics tend to be used a lot in most parts of our homes; be it in the bedding, pillows, rugs, curtains, rugs and seats, no matter the item or the room, fabrics present an opportunity of sustainable interior design materials to be used. Some of the materials that should be put into consideration include; linen, wool and hemp.
Metal has the ability of giving your home that industrial look and feel and yet add a little bit of elegance and durability to your items. Items made of recycled metal such as furniture are easy to take care for because they require less processing and easy to clean. More so, metal can be recycled several times without degrading it.
Advantages of using sustainable interior design materials
- Helps in minimizing waste
- It is beneficial to the environment
- Helps preserve natural resource
- Cost reduction
For more inspiration, check out Tylko’s guide to sustainable materials.