01 Dec 6 Sustainable Interior Design Tips for Your Home
1. Choose low-maintenance plants as decor that will purify the air
One of the best decisions you could do is place a plant in your space regardless if you are a plant killer or not. Plants filter air by helping remove harmful chemicals and pump oxygen in the room. Aside from the health benefits they can give, they also add that perfect touch to your home and give it a natural and fresh ambiance.
There are at least a dozen plants you can purchase that are NASA approved! If you are aiming to improve indoor air quality, choose some of our favourites like Snake Plants, Bamboo Palms or an Aloe. Read our blog about which indoor plants you can choose from here!
2. Control the sunlight
Another smart way of creating an eco-friendly indoor space is by controlling and maximizing daylight. Consider installing electric motor blinds that can control the amount of sunlight all year round. In the winter, allow as much light in and in the summer control the amount of light coming in with roller shades or blinds.
Keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter using skylights. Using daylight in lieu of electrical lighting can be of great advantage to you because it can save electrical bills and prevent the emission of pollutants inside the house. Doing this can be healthier for both the environment and you!
3. Purchase local
One good way to achieve an eco-friendly home is to spend a little more money and purchase local furniture. If you are really aiming to achieve an interior that is good for the environment, you should minimize plastic, particleboard and chromed metal pieces.
Most furniture that is shipped overseas and transported is releasing massive carbon footprints. Purchase your next wooden table, chair or picture frame at a local store or craftsperson. You will appreciate the piece much more than something mass produced.
The illustration here will provide a better understanding of the “Local Purchase” concept. Check it out!
4. Use energy-efficient lighting.
Are you still using incandescent lights? If so, please recycle them responsibly by checking your local municipality for safe places to do so. Those old light bulbs may be cheap but they’re doing more harm than good by using more electricity and costing you more on your monthly electricity bill.
Use an LED or compact fluorescent light to help you save energy and electrical power. It can also prevent greenhouse gases and pollutants which are harmful to your health and the environment. When you look for lighting, look into the labels and choose those that are energy-efficient. Check if your government has any rebates or coupons to use when you purchase your next energy-efficient light bulbs. You will save money, electricity and the environment.
5. Choose products with low VOC content.
VOC means Volatile Organic Compounds which are harmful. VOCs include a variety of chemicals that may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. These can be released from paints, household products, furniture, carpets and more.
Always be mindful when you are buying any household item. Ask for more information on how your next furniture piece is made, the kind of materials used and where it is produced. Doing some general homework can help protect you and your loved ones.
6. Use energy efficient windows
Even your windows can help in creating an eco-friendly atmosphere. Choose windows that are lined with special coatings to reflect heat and give insulation. This upgrade will keep your room warm, especially in cold seasons. It can also help you save money because you won’t need to use your cooling or heating equipment as much.
In Ontario, the government is providing homeowners rebate programs to replace their old windows with energy-efficient ones. If you live outside of Ontario, check with your local government to see if there are any incentives for you to upgrade your existing window.