Society is taking a more environmentally friendly approach and it is setting the stage for new trends in interior design. Designs are focused on bringing the outside inside with warm and natural elements and sustainable materials that are kind to Mother Earth. Find out more about how you can embrace this style and bring nature indoors.
The Use of Sustainable Materials
Sustainable materials will minimize the negative effects on global environment, improve the air quality indoors and the resources used will produce minimal waste. Linoleum, cork and bamboo flooring, recycled glass, paper and plastic countertops and sustainable textiles and fibers such as flax, soy, camel and wool are all recommended as being eco-friendly. And more than that, they will provide your rooms with a soothing, earthy vibe.
Add Touches of the Outdoors
Another great way to bring the outdoors in is to incorporate plenty of palm or floral prints into your design. Wallpapers, furniture textiles and artwork can transform a room into a haven for nature lovers. Complement these by adding fiery tones that evoke warm sunsets by bringing in deep reds and oranges in your paints and area rugs.
Start in the Kitchen
If you’re looking to bring a fresh, natural feel into your home, the kitchen is a great place to start. A kitchen upgrade may seem like a daunting task, but simple updates to the cabinets can have a major impact. Think of painting them with natural colors like deep greens, muted browns and golden tans. You can also switch out the doors, so they feature a deep natural wood that is sure to give your kitchen a great, earthy feel.
Add Plants and Flowers
A more literal way of bringing the outside inside is by adding plants and flowers to your interiors. Not only will these give your rooms a more natural feel, they will improve the air quality. Through photosynthesis, they convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen and they can also remove toxins from the air we breathe.
Of course, if you don’t have a green thumb, you can also bring in artificial plants. They may not be as effective in purifying the air, but they will still make your rooms look terrific.
Let in Natural Light
Natural light will make your interiors appear cheery and bright and will also cut down on costs and resources spent on artificial lighting. Not every room is blessed with natural light, but you can make the most of what you’ve got by installing sheer curtains in light shades like white, pale peach or light yellow or blue. Leave window sills clear of clutter to invite light in.
Eco-friendly interior design is the way of the future. It provides benefits to the quality of air in your rooms, it is kind to the environment, easy on your wallet and it looks terrific. Incorporating the right colors and materials into your home will help you achieve this style so that your rooms are a stand out and pay respect to Mother Earth.
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