The construction industry is encouraging builders to support calls for climate change action by making sustainability a central focus of their projects. Interior designers on the other hand are encouraged to sustain the eco-friendly attributes of a newly constructed home or building with green design concepts. Actually, there’s a growing list of sustainable practices and methods that builders and designers follow to minimize the carbon and environmental impact of every newly constructed edifice.
Many homeowners also want to renovate their house in ways aligned with the sustainability trend. However, the most common advice given to DIYers is for them to incorporate gradual changes. That way, they can experience the beneficial effects of every improvement before proceeding with the next home improvement project. This minimalist approach also considers the possibility of recycling and/or repurposing discarded materials to reduce the demand on the environment’s dwindling resources.
Sustainable Interior Decorating Practices that Help Reduce Carbon Footprint and Environmental Impact
Many homeowners found time and reason to renovate their home during the pandemic’s quarantine period. Most DIYers did so by observing the following sustainable interior decorating practices:
1. Using Repurposed Materials and Objects
Sustainable interior decorating now puts more focus on using repurposed or refurbished pieces of furniture from local flea markets or local thrift shop. These outlets have huge inventories of high quality pieces made from materials that have withstood the test of time. While not sold as antiques because they were repaired or have been refurbished, many interior decorators encourage distressing vintage furniture to highlight their intrinsic value.
2. Considering Energy Efficiency in All Things Electrical
Since energy-efficiency is at the forefront of sustainability goals, older homes are encouraged to replace or trade in energy-intensive appliances with the energy-efficient models. Although they come with higher price tags, the higher cost can be recovered from the savings generated by low cost of electricity.
3. Choose Zero-VOC Wall Paint Over Wallpaper
Although wallpapers add elegance to a space they tend to go out of style if not wear out over time. Using zero-VOC wall paint is the more sustainable option as they are easier to clean and maintain for years.
4. Opting for Neutral Colors
Neutral tones are the most recommended wall colors, such as beige, salmon, gray, ivory or white because they are timeless. Neutral tones also work best even for major pieces of furniture as they can be aesthetically enhanced with the addition of smaller pieces like pillows, artworks, throws or blankets; in bold colors even, if a homeowner so prefers. A sustainable decorating practice is to keep bold colors and trendy designs limited to smaller items to keep investments on home decors minimal.
5. Using Plants to Brighten Spaces Naturally
One can never go wrong in using plants, big or small, as additional home decors because they can brighten up interiors naturally. Just make sure to choose plants that thrive indoors, whilst also taking into consideration the amount of sunlight that a space can provide. Different plants require different indoor conditions, which makes knowing if a plant is suitable to allow for longevity and easy maintenance.
In the construction industry, even adding ground protection covers like a crane mat or access mat is a must to ensure that the top soil will not be contaminated or degraded. Following the same practice, it would be best to also use temporary protective covers on your lawn, which you can simply rent from a provider.