The Principles of Sustainable Styling

The Principles of Sustainable Styling

Are you looking to move towards more environmentally friendly furnishings? You’re not alone! 2019 has been the year of all things eco. While the emergence of this trend might seem sudden, the interest in going green has been gaining traction for a few years now. The best part is that it looks like it’s here to stay! With more people looking to lighten their carbon footprint, the materials and products we use in our spaces in is becoming increasingly important.

Want to learn how to reduce the negative environmental impact of your space? Read on to discover the key principles to building a brighter, better and sustainable styling strategy.

Focus on efficiency

Energy consumption is a leading factor contributing to climate change. But it doesn’t have to be! Interior designers have been experimenting with ways that a home’s design can reduce the amount of heating, lighting and appliance energy needed. As heat often escapes through windows, look into installing quality windows with good insulation. This is also a great way to reduce heating costs. If this isn’t a feasible option, make sure to have curtains or drapes, these serve to keep both the cold air and summer heat outside. Carpeting acts as a great thermal insulator, retaining more of a room’s heat than standard floorboards.

You might surprised to learn that picking the right colour palette can help you save money and energy when it comes to lighting. Stick to brighter colours as they reflect more light. Darker shades and furnishing require more artificial lighting and are best avoided. A great trick is to utilise reflective surfaces, as any light in the room is captured and bounced around, reducing the need for artificial lighting.










Reduce waste

Place emphasis on products that can be re-purposed or reused. Looking for vintage pieces can be a fun way to reduce waste by giving great furnishing a second lease on life. A second-hand piece of furniture is a great way to create an effortlessly rustic aesthetic. Your chairs and tables now have their own story, bringing with them a sense of character. By reclaiming, reusing and recycling your goods the level of waste that goes into the manufacturing and disposal process will be drastically cut.

Another option would be to utilise synthetic materials made from recycled waste. This is a fantastic way to reduce the waste going to landfills. Using this approach limits the amount of waste. Instead it becomes raw material for new products and a circular loop of manufacturing is formed, effectively minimising or even eliminating waste all together.

Prioritise longevity

Ensure you are designing with the durability in mind, rather than a constantly evolving home. So, how do you create a timeless aesthetic? The answer is: simplicity! Select pieces that are functional, and most importantly, of high quality. Lean towards classic styles over fads, especially ones that are unlike to adapt seasonally.

Healthy homes

Now for some great news: green homes tend to be happy homes! Why? Because often these measures encourage a better environment for their occupants too. If you think about it this way, knowing what materials, designs and furnishings to use becomes easier. A great way to reduce stress and increase productivity is by exposure to more natural light. Biophilic designs, that is,  elements that mimic nature, can have a soothing effect. Next time you’re considering whether your home styling is sustainable, think about its impact on your own health. Is this a healthy home? Then it’s probably an environmentally friendly home too!










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