At The Design Buzz, we believe that great interior design needn’t come at an environmental cost. In fact, we’re committed to incorporating sustainability into every aspect of our organisation. From the brands we showcase to the products we feature, you’ll find a wide range of sustainable materials, such as organic textiles and recycled glass.
When you incorporate sustainability into your own interior design, you can cultivate a home or workspace that reflects a whole host of natural properties. Additionally, your eco-friendly surroundings can inspire you to find other ways to incorporate sustainability into your life.
As the climate change crisis becomes even more urgent, it’s vital that we all commit to living more sustainably. With these top sustainable interior design ideas, you can combine effortless style with eco-friendly features:
Rug Made of natural material: Jute
Choose Investment Pieces
If you’re going to buy new, then make it count. Purchasing investment pieces flies in the face of ‘fast fashion’ and helps put an end to the cycle of production and waste. Instead, you can fill your home with things you love, safe in the knowledge that they won’t end up damaging the environment.
When furniture or decorative pieces are chosen for a lifetime, you’ll find yourself selecting versatile pieces that can be incorporated into virtually any interior design. This gives you the freedom to update your interior as your taste or fashions change, without disposing of pieces that still have a lot of life left in them.
Use Natural Paint and Wallpaper
When you’re redecorating or renovating a property, the materials you use can have far-reaching effects on the environment. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints or varnish can be damaging, for example, while wallpaper can contribute to the ever-decreasing number of trees on our planet.
Fortunately, environmentally aware designers and companies are making it their mission to bring sustainable choices to the fore. Now, you can use organic, VOC-free paint or wallpaper produced from recyclable materials when you’re updating your décor.
What’s more – you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to choose more sustainable materials. Major brands, like Farrow & Ball or Little Greene, have a vast range of eco-friendly paint or wallpaper options to enjoy.
Choose Sustainable Materials
If you want to embrace new interior design, actively seek out pieces fashioned from sustainable materials. Many designers are committed to only using eco-friendly materials, while others are gradually increasing the range of sustainable materials they use. Fortunately, this makes it easy for homeowners and interior design aficionados to find spectacular pieces that aren’t contributing to environmental damage.
If you’re keen to incorporate sustainability into your interior, award-winning interior designer, Shalini Misra, advises:
“Use sustainable materials like linoleum, floral leather, cork for furniture and wall and floor finishes.”
Similarly, choosing natural materials, such as wool, ceramic, marble, linen and wood, from sustainable sources, is a great way to cultivate an eco-friendlier environment. Organic bamboo, rattan, and seagrass can also be great options for anyone who wants to meld sustainability with interior design.
Moving away from plastics, acrylics or wood from non-sustainable sources gives manufacturers a clear signal that people want more from their interiors than they once did. While disposable design might have found a niche one or two decades ago, the increased demand for environmental awareness and sustainability is indicative of a greener, healthier future.
Reuse, Repurpose and Relocate
Perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘upcycling’ can be a major tenet of sustainable living. Instead of discarding pieces when they no longer reflect your current taste, take a closer look and reimagine how the piece could look and how it could be used. Often, repurposing it or relocating it to another part of your home breathes new life into an existing piece and gives it a whole new dimension.
If you’re a talented craftsperson, you might want to try reupholstering furniture, modifying pieces or stripping them back, and repainting or revarnishing them yourself. If not, you’ll find plenty of specialist restorers who are more than happy to help.
Of course, there will be times when a piece comes to the end of its life. If you’re moving to a new property or you simply can’t find a use for something, there’s no need to hold onto it forevermore in the name of sustainability. Instead, resell it to someone who can incorporate it into their own design or donate it somewhere you know it will be put to good use.
Use Sustainable Design to Promote Well-Being
It’s no surprise that we tend to feel most centred when we’re surrounded by nature. From walking through an undisturbed forest to snuggling under a warm, woollen throw, our experiences reflect our affinity with nature.
Savvy designers and homeowners have already realised the impact that natural materials can have, which is why they’re already a firm fixture in so many top designs. After all, your home should be the place you feel most relaxed and at peace, and a sustainable design can help you to achieve this.
Make Sustainability a Priority
When you actively seek out sustainable interior design ideas or you set out with the objective of creating a sustainable interior, you’ll find it easier to source the pieces that will complete your design. Whether you take advantage of the eco-friendly options available from major brands, you look out for reclaimed materials to create your own pieces or you scour the country for vintage pieces that match your style, creating sustainable interiors can be an excellent way to flex your design skills.
Repurposed measuring device turned into hand rail
Creating a Sustainable Interior
There’s no doubt that sustainability has become something of a hot topic, which can leave consumers facing a conundrum. Despite being faced with endless options, finding the perfect colour, shade, furniture or lighting can seem more challenging than ever. However, creating a truly sustainable interior needn’t be as complicated as it seems. By recognising the environmental impact your design decisions have and making ‘greener’ choices, you’ll find that sustainability and style go hand in hand.
Learn about each of our interior designer brands and the materials they use to help make a sustainable purchase to suit you.