Now COP26 has come to a close, living sustainably has taken centre stage in all aspects of our lives – including within interior design. Despite the world, literally, crying out for more sustainable choices to be made, unfortunately this is often still an afterthought.
Why is sustainability important in interior design?
Sustainability plays a huge role in interior design. Transitioning from a trend to a necessary factor, thinking more sustainably is essential for the health and future of our planet. A sustainable interior design approach seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, as well as long-term health implications on the household who live there.
Although you it may feel slightly daunting taking these new steps in your interior design journey, here at Hatch Interiors, we know there are many ways you can make a difference.
When purchasing furniture and other household items, it is important to think about their long-term impact. Durability is a factor which should be influencing every purchasing decision, as the longer your furniture lasts, the less waste is created. Although this may mean sacrificing certain trends, opening your eyes to purchasing pieces which of a higher-quality, more functional and timeless in their design can make a huge difference in the long-run.
Purchasing items that last longer will not need to be replaced as frequently and can be repaired or upgraded during their lifetime. Especially as households grow and develop over long periods of time, your furniture pieces will have the ability to adapt and stand the test of time, evolving with the household in the same way our priorities do.
One of the biggest factors impacting climate change is energy-efficiency, as it all links back to excessive wastage. From heating to lighting, these culprits need to be dealt with in the form of an energy-efficient home – so it’s always a factor you need to take into consideration when you’re designing the interior of your home. To keep the cold air out and prevent heating from being wasted, windows and doors can be dressed with energy-efficient curtains and blinds. Using mirrors and light colours for décor can reflect light around the space, reducing the need for excessive lighting throughout the home.
Repurposing furniture and décor
A common trend when it comes to sustainability is reducing waste, and repurposing furniture and décor is one of the best ways to achieve this throughout your interior design. With a little bit of creativity and brain power, upgrading used furniture can bring your home to life again, having the same effect, if not better, as if you were buying standard pieces from a shop.
However, it’s important to remember that reusing materials isn’t just limited to upcycling. Repurposing can also mean the creation of effectively brand-new pieces, as more and more manufacturers are discovering new, innovative ways to reclaim and recycle waste which would otherwise be sitting in landfill. By repurposing and reusing, this is often considered one of the most rewarding and easiest ways to design your home sustainably. The possibilities are truly endless.
How is Hatch Interiors making a difference?
As an award-winning team of furniture specialists, we understand how the world we live in is changing at unprecedented pace, which is why we are committed to delivering fairer, more sustainable furniture solutions for our clients. We are proud to be an accredited member of ESGmark® who ensure Hatch are constantly making our organisation more sustainable, fairer, and responsible.