There has been an increasing awareness of the importance of sustainable design. Homeowners and real estate developers are increasingly constructing buildings that have architectural styles that aim to encourage ecological and human health. Furthermore, they emphasize environmentally friendly designs. Interior designers have also taken up the mantra and more and more professionals in this field have taken a holistic approach where they match the style to the location and design of a house. Let’s take an in-depth look at five principles namely;
- Waste Reduction
- Clean renewable energy
- Conserving water
- Energy efficiency
- Conserving manmade resources
When investing or sourcing for raw materials, we often look at the lifecycle of a product, and how long it will last before it needs to be replaced. This reduces cost and wastage. Take, for instance, using durable wallpaper that needs replacement every 4 years compared to one that is replaced every 12 months. If every household uses the durable alternative (4 years), then there is less waste being disposed of. Also, the cost of replacement is cut significantly.
Clean Renewable Energy
A common practice in modern interior design styles is increasing natural light in any living space. Additionally, using lighter interior paint colors reduces the dependence on artificial light which in the long run cuts on the energy use.
It is essential to use appliances that are EPA approved which conform to national standards. They are tested, regulated, and are considered more efficient.
When it comes to minimalist interior design styles, the aim is to always create an ambient setting with minimal clutter. Having efficient appliances in small numbers cuts energy costs while amplifying the tone of the rooms.
Conserving Manmade Resources
There has been a growing concern on material toxicity where varnish and wood finishes amongst other manufactured products affect the quality of both the indoor and outdoor air. The health of the professionals who extract such materials, those who are involved at the industrial level in manufacturing, processing, transportation, and installation is also a key concern.
As you embark on a quest to improve your living space, it is also imperative to consider the harm that some products do to the environment. This is why it is important to always check whether some of the products are tested, approved, and certified. You can also check out Tylko’s principles of sustainable interior design (https://journal.tylko.com/the-principles-of-sustainable-interior-design/)