How often do we think about ecology when we design an interior?
Some kinds of furniture are almost impossible to recycle and to put into the manufacturing of a new product. For instance, It is impossible to recycle PVC, which is used for producing window frames, floor coverings, and electricity wires — by the way, its use has been restricted in some countries due to toxicity.
The good news is that there are more and more high-quality, beautiful, and more environmentally friendly materials on the market – starting from tiles made of recycled glass to wallpaper made of paper production waste and lamps made of recycled wood. So the alternative exists and the higher the demand is- the more such solutions the market will offer.
Features of eco-friendly interior design
Perfectly combined with other modern concepts of space solutions, eco-style combines only natural, harmless materials for health:
- ceramic tiles;
- stone slabs and any stone decor;
- paper or cork wallpaper;
- wooden panels for finishing walls, ceilings, parquet for the floor;
- natural textiles (cotton, linen, matting);
- bamboo in decoration and furniture;
- lots of plants
If you choose a particular style, then minimalism has an eco-friendly approach, which is characterized by the rejection of everything superfluous — decor, furniture, and decoration.
Minimalism in interior design has the following features:
- well-planned space;
- a minimum of furniture (simple in shape and color, multifunctional);
- natural materials in the decoration (brick, natural wood, cork, plaster);
- the use of metal and glass is allowed;
- minimalism in the interior uses no more than two basic colors (white, gray, pale shades of green)
- often a free layout, without specific restrictions in one room;
- diffused calm light.
Eco style uses simple shapes and lines borrowed from nature in the interior;
- mainly natural materials (stone, wood, glass, clay, fabrics, cork, bamboo);
- natural shades predominate in the color scheme (beige, white, brown, pale green, pale blue, sepia). Sometimes a contrast with dark wood is used;
- rejection of plastic, chipboard, and metal;
- presence of greenery in the eco-style interior (not only flower pots but also plant compositions and entire winter gardens);
- natural light or maximum close to natural lighting.
So if you combine these 2 styles you can get nice and minimalistic eco-friendly design.
The other eco-friendly interior style is japandi
The japandi style took its name from the confusion of two definitions: japan and scandi. It is also a symbiosis and a logical continuation of the two listed directions.
The japandi style strives to combine the Nordic aesthetics, which is characterized by conciseness, practicality, and love for natural materials, with the classic Japanese craving for warm pastel tones, elegant decor, and restrained minimalism.
The result was an inspired synthesis full of restraint and functionality of Scandinavian conciseness and the endearing elegance of Japanese life.
Restraint and the desire for simplicity migrated from the Japanese style to japandi. From the Scandinavian style — practicality, minimalism. Another feature of japandi is the tendency to use natural materials, which is inherent in the Scandinavian and Japanese styles.
Eco-friendly interior design with features of Scandinavian design
Spaciousness, natural lighting, minimalism are invariable companions of Scandinavian interiors, we will add only a piece of natural harmony and beauty.
The color scheme includes all the shades of nature. You can stop at forest motifs, the marine theme of the interior looks interesting and fresh.
White, beige, grey, and all shades of green, as well as other natural life colors, are perfectly suited to environmental themes.
The walls of the premises are often taken away under a neutral background, painting in a white tone, and any light pastel colors. Only the necessary pieces and zones are allocated.
Floors in an eco-friendly apartment are an important component of a single interior complex. Natural wooden, cork, stone, ceramic surfaces, covered with carpets of beige, green and brown shades, fill the space with comfort, and nobility of textures.
You should think about spot lighting or hidden illumination. Cylindrical lamps will harmoniously blend into the natural style.
The eco-style in interior design is a piece of a small paradise, an oasis of comfortable coolness and silence. It is alive, wise and healing, like nature itself.