Sustainable interior design has become trendy in recent years. It’s all about adding materials to your interiors with a less ecological footprint and adding an exciting feel and touch to your interior. You should, however, not be boxed by the traditional ideas of recycled design elements. Today there are elegant and sleek sustainable interior design materials.
Bamboo should top your shopping list of structural materials you need for a home makeover. Bamboo is versatile, very flexible, and, most importantly, very strong. It is an excellent choice for interior décor and a solid choice for outdoor furniture, decorations, and planters as a fast-growing plant.
Travertine and marble are great natural stones for your home. They are available in various patterns and colours, so you’re likely to find something you like. If you’re planning for a bath or kitchen makeover, a natural stone like travertine will add colour and elegance at the same time.
Cork has been relegated to office bulletin boards for the longest time. It is derived from the bark of the cork oak tree. This tree replenishes its bark every nine years, so removing the dead bark doesn’t hurt. This makes cork one of the most environmentally friendly interior design materials. You can use it on walls, accessories, floors, and as an insulating material. Let it remain on your office bulletin board, but also use it to replace the ugly anti-fatigue mat at your standing desk.
Reclaimed wood is yet another multipurpose material that is the king of flexibility. There are several ways to use it, from building with it to making furniture. Use reclaimed wood if you want to add earthy or a slightly masculine vibe to your home interiors. It also adds contrast to a bright Mid-century styled home.
Leather’s buttery and smooth comfort, like what you get from a leather sofa, will add sophistication to any room. Besides the well-known leather sofas, other items like plate covers and picture frames are made from leather. Leather adds an elegant touch to any space.
Going green has taken centre stage in almost all aspects of human life. Sustainable materials let home designers reduce their projects’ ecological footprint while still incorporating elements of design.
Also, check Tylko’s guide to sustainable materials for inspiration.