“Although a relatively new trend, the concept of green design is one that is timeless. Its principles are simple – conserve and preserve.”
Green seems to be the new colour of interior design. It is the colour that represents life, health and nature, it has also come to represent the global movement set out to protect our environment. “Green is in”, according to Margaret Walsh, forecasting director of the Color Association. It is possibly the most popular colour of the year as it underpins colour schemes you will see in homes. “Going green” however, is much more than instilling some fresh new hues into your environment.
“What do interior designers really know about “going green?” Green design is about sustainability and interior designers really need to take responsibility for what products they are using. From wall and floor finishes, to lighting, heating, appliances and furniture, designers have a role in educating the client on what sustainable choices are available to them. Choices such as lighting and appliances that use less electricity, flooring that is made from renewable resources and paint that does not emit toxic fumes are all excellent choices that allow your home to function more efficiently.
Lighting is one of the easiest energy-saving changes you can make. Dimmers, sensors, timers and LED lights can be installed. These use less energy and last longer. In flooring, you can make energy-efficient choices by selecting natural linoleums, biodegradable wool carpets and cork or bamboo woods. Other ways of increasing your home’s energy efficiency is by adding insulation and sealing off leaks from windows, walls and doors. Some paints also have built-in insulators. Layered window treatments can also be incorporated to conserve further energy.
Offering much more than just function, furnishings can also help in energy conservation. By selecting recycled and refurbished items made from renewable wood sources and fabrics made from untreated, non-dyed and organic fibers, you will be creating a more sustainable environment.
Although a relatively new trend, the concept of green design is one that is timeless. Its principles are simple – conserve and preserve. In your home, green design translates into energy savings, something that both the environment and your wallet will appreciate. An interior designer can help to implement a “Green Plan” into your new or existing home.
Ambience Interiors is well versed in this topic and can work with you in making your home an environmentally friendly one that is not only energy efficient, but refreshing to look at as well. A plan can be drafted according to individual needs and implemented at whatever pace you like. It is ultimately the pursuit of a comfortable and easily livable environment that we seek to provide. So as we spruce up your interiors, we keep an eye out for ways to also make them greener.
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