Thinking about renovating your child’s room? Perhaps your oldest is graduating and you’ll finally have that craft room you’ve always wanted. Or maybe it’s time to expand the kids’ bathroom so everyone can brush their teeth without morning fusses and missed buses.
If so, now is the time to think about making your project environmentally sustainable. Sustainability, eco and green have been hot trending words for the past decade. But to really embrace sustainable living, you need to be conscience of the actual impact that interior design has on the environment.
1) Work Closely With Your Integrated Design Team
Your integrated design team can include your architect and contractor. Working with your team early in the process is the best way to accomplish an effective sustainable design concept. Some examples include lighting strategies to conserve energy or building materials used which can affect temperature. And by making these important decision early on, you can actually save money by not having to make structural changes in the future.
2) Reuse and refurbish Materials
Remember the phrase: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? It certainly applies here. Instead of installing brand new flooring, consider refinishing the hardwood floors. Reusing furniture and other elements of the home reduces waste and can also save you money.
3) Use sustainable materials
There are many sustainable materials you can use in your green interior design projects including bamboo and cork. Instead of vinyl flooring choose linoleum, choose wood floors over carpet, choose counter tops using recycled glass and even using low VOC paint can make an impact.
4) Consider water consumption
Many companies have acknowledged the importance of incorporating green products into your home and thus have invented some pretty cool products to help conserve water. When purchasing plumbing fixtures and appliances, consider if they’ve taken green design into account. Some examples include, low flow faucets and shower heads, dual flush toilets and energy efficient washer and dryers. In states like California, where the cost of water has a potential to rise, these products can also end up saving your clients money.
In the end, living a sustainable life and incorporating it into your interior design is about educating yourself on the impact you are making in the world. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall