Decorating with natural materials is not only on trend, it has many other advantages. Natural materials include any renewable resource that is harvested from the earth.
Having awareness about where our decorating materials come from and how they are sourced is another way to ensure sustainability and good environmental practices. Like the food we choose to eat, home décor products that are less processed are better for the environment.
Renewable materials are also very durable. Take natural stone for example; granite is the hardest and most dense natural stone. It is prized for its brightness and glossy sheen as well as its resistance to chipping and staining. A well cared for granite counter top will look like new for years as long as it is cared for. Just ensure that acidic cleaners are avoided when wiping down stone surfaces. Sustainable hardwoods can also last a lifetime if correctly sanded, sealed and protected. Wooden floors should be cleaned with wood cleaners rather than normal floor cleaners, checked for borer regularly and re-sealed on a regular basis to maintain their natural beauty.
With nature having a large impact on interior design style, many designers are using green materials and feeling better about it too. There are many ways to bring natural materials into your home in a trendy and bold fashion. Mixing different materials and textures adds character to your home and should be embraced.
Make a statement with a copper bathtub or make use of bamboo shades instead of fabric.
Natural materials have a timeless quality. Using simple, natural materials for your furniture means that you are less likely to replace them every few years. Sustainable materials are high on the list of sought after products for their enduring style. They represent a wise investment in interior design for the savvy decorator.
When choosing what materials to go with, choose those that best fit your personal style. For a more casual look and feel, the Mediterranean styled clay and terra cotta works well. For something more classical, perhaps incorporate marble or for a more rustic style, use wood as your hero. Typically begin with your flooring then decide on furniture and window shades, before moving on to accessories and decorative items.
Older furniture made of sustainable and natural materials are often the best to use for DIY and repurposing. Using a beautiful piece of furniture from a bygone era, can be the perfect design project. An interesting stain or paint technique can revitalise an older piece to create a unique and personalised furniture item. Even damaged pieces can be repurposed eg: an old wardrobe door can make an interesting headboard or a small dining table with damaged legs can be turned into a low standing coffee table with a little sawing. Let your imagination run riot!
Incorporating renewable materials into your home has so many benefits, both for you and your environment.