These Sustainable Home Decor Ideas Will Make Your Space Greener
Turns out your wardrobe isn’t the only space in your home that could use a little sprucing up if you have environmental concerns: with brands and designers taking notice of the need for change, it’s getting easier and more accessible to decorate your interior. more environmentally friendly ways. And according to interior designers, the most sustainable home decor ideas don’t always involve spending more, so now is a great time to consider giving your cushion a green makeover.
Sustainability has certainly become a buzzword in many industries – and the concept of greenwashing is very real – so it’s easy to get lost when trying to figure out which products and practices are rightfully more environmentally friendly. But when it comes to decorating your home, experts have taken note of this trend (along with growing customer demand) and given it some serious thought. And because of that, who better to consult with questions about where and what to buy (or not buy, as the case may be) if you’re trying to steer your home in a more sustainable direction?
Sybille Zimmermann, founder and interior designer of Studio Zimmermann, is one such interior expert who had to re-evaluate the design with regards to sustainability concerns. While some of the tips she’s gathered involve things to buy (such as paint, fabric and furniture) – even if they’re not necessarily more expensive than their alternatives – others are more about a change. of lifestyle. Curious to know if you are doing everything possible to make your home a more eco-friendly place to live? Read ahead of Zimmermann’s five best practices that will totally change the way you think about interior design.
Buy less, but better
Just as fashion experts suggest when it comes to curating your wardrobe, Zimmermann believes the most sustainable way to decorate your home is to buy pieces that will last, instead of relying on trends. “Having grown up in Switzerland, I come from a culture that invests in quality pieces that last for generations,” she says. “Here in the United States, everything is disposable, even the decor of your home. I believe a home should tell a story, and that story is best told through pieces that last. For budget-conscious customers, I always recommend buying less and buying better, which for me is central to sustainability.”
Reupholster before replacing
In the interest of giving your furniture more mileage—rather than constantly ditching it for something new—Zimmermann recommends reupholstering. There’s less waste, and you’ll still get the refreshment you’re looking for.
And if you want to buy “new” pieces, do not neglect the gems that can be found second-hand. “We’re very into sourcing vintage and local flea markets and ‘hole-in-the-wall’ thrift stores,” says Zimmermann. “You never know what you’re going to find! That said, if you must buy something contemporary, you can do so more sustainably by using local vendors, artists and artisans, as the interior expert suggests.
Swap eco-friendly materials when possible
Even major home decor brands are rethinking their materials and offering more options to their conscious customers. Opt for natural fibers and dyes when possible (ie: jute, hemp, organic cotton and linen) and also look for recycled/reclaimed materials. And you can even make your paint more durable. “Using non-toxic paint is important for both the environment and its inhabitants,” says Zimmermann. “These days, most paint companies offer a natural option, like Benjamin Moore’s Natura.” Backdrop and Portola are a few other brands that specialize in this area.