Sustainable interior design focuses on creating beautiful, functional spaces while promoting environmental well-being. At Beth Haley Design, we encourage our clients to select materials that have a low impact on our environment, energy use, and water consumption. By looking to greener alternatives, we can lessen our environmental impact without having to compromise on style. Read some of our sustainable interior design tips below.
Sustainable Interior Design Tips
– All photos are from projects by Beth Haley Design (BHD).
Use Reclaimed Lumber
Reclaimed lumber is a go-to example of a smart, sustainable interior design choice. During home renovations, look out for any reusable materials, or hunt down gently-loved materials from other projects. Lumber can be reused to create a statement-making beam, shelves, or furniture. Flooring is another easy way to reuse older wood.
Reupholster Old Pieces
With the issue of ongoing supply-chain shortages, items such as sofas can take 24 weeks or more to come in. Instead of buying a brand new piece, consider reupholstering your furniture with a fun new print or pattern. This way, you are being environmentally conscious, while also saving time and money!
Choose Low-Impact Materials
Pick responsibly sourced wood, cork, bamboo, or recycled glass and metals for furniture and fixtures. Using these sustainable, low-impact materials is important because it reduces the negative impact on the environment and helps preserve natural resources.
A less-talked-about side of sustainable interior design is planning for the future, so you don’t have to replace items down the road. A no-threshold shower is an example of a design choice that will age with you. Even if you grow tired of the tile, you won’t have to rip out a tub and send it to the landfill.
While these are only a few of the many elements of sustainable interior design, we find them to be the most approachable (and often affordable). We’d love to continue the conversation about how you can get interiors you love while protecting our beautiful planet!
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