Opt for an eco-friendly interior
Designing your home interior to be eco-friendly isn’t restricted to just implementing materials that are biodegradable and ‘ticking the boxes’ for what an eco-friendly home should look like. Taking an eco-friendly route with interior design also means choosing and using materials in your home interior that are beneficial, rather than harmful to your health. Constructing a home interior with the health of the homeowner in mind is what eco-friendly interior design is actually all about. Using these basic tips can help make your interior as eco-friendly as possible:
- Implementing house plants as indoor decoration
Some minimalist and modern interior design trends often leave room for house plants (and for good reason), but you really can’t go wrong with placing too many plants in your home interior. The benefits of doing so are truly unparalleled. In 1998, NASA conducted a study to find whether house plants can absorb harmful toxins and promote air purification as an alternative to using air purifiers.
Although they work slowly, using house plants is a cost-effective and natural way to purify and freshen indoor air. They also counter noise pollution by reducing the amount of dust that settles indoors, and thus restrict the need for regular vacuuming. You really can’t have too many indoor plants!
- Utilising natural light
Implementing artificial light is non-negotiable, but restricting the amount of artificial light needed through both exterior and interior design can save megawatts of electricity. Let sunlight stream in through your windows by using skylights and open shades.
When drawing up a plan for your home exterior with an architect, emphasise the use of natural light in your home design by facing windows towards the South. This can reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs by 85% and have you bathing in natural indoor light every day.
Opting for eco-friendly window frames also helps promote heat retention and energy savings. Implementing aluminium windows frames, like double glazed aluminium windows that can deliver CO2E equivalent savings worth three times the cost of its production within a year, can really kerb your heating expenses!