Sustainable Home Design Trends
Climate change has got everyone’s eye on sustainable design and eco-consciousness as of late, and the modern sustainability movement has spurred designers to come up with refreshingly stylish yet environmentally-conscious furniture options. Here are some tips that will help you achieve a greener interior:
1. Select Sustainable Wood
Commune’s Sander coffee table boasts ethically-sourced solid American oak that will give any home a mid-century touch.
Being naturally renewable, wood makes for a popular furniture option. Go eco-friendlier by selecting furniture made from sustainably harvested wood. Ethically-sourced and harvested wood fetch high prices compared to regular wood, but the carbon footprint you leave behind will make it worth every penny.
2. Go for Glass
Choose pieces that mix and match materials for a variety of looks. The Porter collection artfully combines structured glass, wood and metal to exude modern glam.
Readily available, glass is another good option for furniture if you want to go green. From luxuriously delicate to sleek and sophisticated, it’s a versatile material that can amp up the visuals of any room. It can also be surprisingly durable as a material, and is one that can withstand the tests of time.
3. Opt for Non-Toxic Materials
Commune employs low-lead lacquer that keeps pieces safe without compromising on style, such as the Bruno wine cabinet’s finish.
Coatings, lacquers and polishes have a role to play in furniture sustainability as well. Make sure your home’s outfitted with safe pieces that use eco-friendly, non-toxic materials, as toxic substances in furniture can be released over time, affecting air quality.
4. Reclaim & Recycle
The Bowen TV unit is constructed with engineered wood coupled with solid American walnut legs and corners that contribute to sturdiness.
Breathe life into old materials by going recyclable and cutting down on unnecessary waste. Engineered wood in particular, allows for the incorporation of recycled and reclaimed materials, and even has a small production carbon footprint.
5. Longevity & Flexibility
Combat rampant consumerism by selecting furniture that’s durable and long-lasting. By selecting furniture with long lifespans, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of waste that comes from frequent replacements, and have a solid, quality piece of furniture to boot. Choose high-quality woods such as teak, rubber wood, mahogany and walnut for a sturdy piece that won’t go out of style.