5 Sustainable Interior Design Principles
Interior design has always followed current trends, and the green movement is no exception. Society is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmentally responsible building and interior design. As a result, more and more clients seek to incorporate sustainability principles in their interiors. See our six tips for elegantly sustainable interior design.
01 | Design for low environmental impact
From a sustainability perspective, it is very important to pick materials and products with the lowest environmental impact. Organic materials such as wood, wool, natural stone seem the obvious choice, but don’t forget that natural resources must be treated responsibly.
Choose materials that are easily renewable (e.g. fast-growing bamboo), and are extracted from their environment in a responsible manner. There are labels, standards, and certifications that give credible information about the products’ origin and help you identify eco-friendly products. For example, an FSC label on wood products ensures that the wood used in the product was harvested sustainably.
02 | Design for energy efficiency
Energy consumption is a major contributor to climate change. Buildings are responsible for a huge share of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, caused by energy consumption. Architects and interior designers can improve a building’s energy efficiency, simply by reducing the amount of energy needed for heating, lighting, appliances, etc. and by utilizing renewable, non-carbon-based energy in the building.
03 | Design for Healthy Environments
People spend most of their time indoors; in offices, schools, at home, etc. Although we’ve saved it for last, considering the health of an environment should be at the top of the interior designer’s priority list. There are several factors to keep in mind when trying to design healthy spaces, such as the quality of the air, heating, ventilation, lighting and acoustics.
04 | Design for Longevity and Flexibility
To prevent materials and products from being discarded too often, interior designers should consider the lifespan of any material they plan to use. The intention of designing for longevity is to design durable and timeless spaces that suppresses the urge to change the design every couple of years. The best way to achieve such timelessness is to choose quality over quantity, classics over trends, and functionality over garnishment.
05 | Design for Waste Reduction
Interior designers have a lot of power in their hands when it comes to waste reduction, and a big responsibility to act sustainably. The planet and its precious resources are limited, therefore, discarding products as soon as they go out of style and replacing them with trendy items is no longer justifiable.
We hope that these principles will soon become paramount in the design industry. Architects and interior designers are the creators of the spaces we live in and should always be guided by sustainability to help care for the environment, and ourselves.
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