The use of natural materials is currently an ethical responsibility, for decorators and owners alike, to achieve a Sustainable Interior Design.
In a year in which the topic of Sustainability is very present, it becomes imperative to structure responses and reconcile attitudes on the part of economic agents. It is essential, for the competitiveness of the brands and for the economic growth of the country, that its activity be based on principles of sustainable social development.
This inherent responsibility involves implementing methods and processes that meet the requirements of the circular economy, low environmental impact activities, and the choice of materials of sustainable origin.
With regard to eco-friendly interior materials, it is up to professionals in the field of Interior Design to inform and present solutions for the decoration of spaces, from brands that have already developed their ecological awareness.
Sustainable Interior Design Ideas
Applying a sustainable interior design, whether for private or commercial use, guarantees an automatically captivating differentiation due to the values it represents, which are immediately perceived by the public.
Thinking about sustainable design should start with choosing natural materials for architecture – a good example of what we are referring to is Brutalism, which was born in Architecture, but quickly spread and was also applied to Interior Design. This concept makes use of materials such as concrete, brick and stone for the construction of infrastructures that can take unusual and modular forms in order to form functional zones. It offers a decorative flexibility whose canvas can be contextualized with versatility, but where the continuity of sustainable thinking is expected.
Continuing with sustainable thinking means the presentation of organic elements in the design, as is the case with natural wood furniture, marble, and natural fiber-based textiles. But before that, the definition of the concept is crucial. The design styles that most incorporate natural materials are Boho-Chic, Scandinavian, Minimalist, and Biophilic Interior Design – a recent trend that is characterized by the incorporation, in interior environments, of elements of nature, mostly plants.
Natural Materials in Interior Design
Depois de o conceito estar definido, segue-se a escolha dos materiais a usar em todo o projeto. Os materiais naturais são aqueles que podem ser encontrados na natureza e que exigem o mínimo de intervenção humana para que possam ser utilizados e incorporados no interior dos espaços. O baixo nível de intervenção representa um impacto direto no meio ambiente porquanto reduz a poluição e a pegada de carbono. Falamos de:
Once the concept is defined, the choice of materials to be used throughout the project follows. Natural materials are those that can be found in nature and that require a minimum of human intervention so that they can be used and incorporated into the interior of spaces. The low level of intervention represents a direct impact on the environment as it reduces pollution and the carbon footprint. We are talking about:
Let’s see some natural materials examples and their applicability in interior decoration.
Wood & Bamboo
Forest-based products have a number of functionalities and characteristics that make them ideal products with regard to sustainable consumption, but also with regard to interior design. It is a strong and durable material and, for this reason, is often used for furniture and wall framing.
Eco Marble & Brick
Ecological brick is a type of brick made from a mixture of earth, cement, and water, and the proportion of cement used is only 10%. Furthermore, the absence of burning in its manufacturing process does not release CO2 into the atmosphere. It is often used to clad fireplaces or enhance the aesthetics of a wall.
Marble is a rock that, after undergoing just one transformation process using high temperatures, becomes highly versatile and can be used on floors, walls, decoration pieces, kitchen countertops, and art pieces.
Rattan & Wicker
Rattan is a natural fiber extracted from a palm tree. It is considered a sustainable material because it is extracted from a fast-growing climbing plant and does not require transformation processes. It is a light, resistant, and malleable fiber, commonly used in weaving, making furniture and decorative pieces.
Very similar is wicker which, after being extracted from a wicker tree, is left to dry and later used for the artisanal production of baskets or furniture.
Wool, cotton, linen, and silk are the preferred textiles for an organic interior design, capable of attributing refinement and elegance to an environment. These fabrics are considered sustainable as they are derived from plants and insects and require manufacturing processes with low environmental impact.
Cork is extracted from the bark of trees that grow back quickly. Countless projects around the world highlight its uniqueness, being considered as a durable, waterproof, lightweight material with thermal and acoustic insulation capacity and shock resistance. It is used in the construction of infrastructures, for the creation of artwork pieces, or for the isolation of spaces.
Glass & Pottery
Glass is a material considered sustainable because it is extremely durable and infinitely recyclable. It is extremely elegant and often used in decorative objects, but also for doors and windows that create a spacious environment that is more susceptible to sunlight.
The ceramic manufacturing process consists of molding hydrated clay, which is subsequently placed in the shade for slow drying and then submitted to high temperatures, providing rigidity and resistance. It can be the raw material for coatings, vases, tableware, and an infinity of objects.
All natural interior designs must contain plants, whether it is a Biophilic Design or just as ornamentation. Plants are the symbol of nature and the one that best brings us closer to our environment. For monochromatic designs, they’re a great way to add pops of color. Indoor plants make the environment more decorative and help to keep the air purified.
The Advantages of a Sustainable Interior Design
In the contemporary age, Sustainable Interior Design stands as a beacon of hope for a harmonious coexistence between humans and the environment. Embracing Sustainability in our living spaces not only speaks to a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint but also ushers in a world of innate beauty, durability, and health. Natural materials, recycled elements, and energy-efficient appliances not only align with Nature’s palette but also offer longevity, ensuring our homes evolve gracefully with time.
This approach keeps waste to a minimum and often presents cost savings in the long run. By selecting non-toxic furnishings and materials, homeowners and designers are making an investment in healthier living spaces, eliminating many of the invisible pollutants that traditionally haunt our indoor environments.
Moreover, there’s a profound psychological element to Sustainable Interior Design. When we surround ourselves with materials and designs that resonate with nature’s rhythm, it subtly influences our well-being and mindset. The use of natural light, open spaces, and breathable materials often creates a sanctuary where the mind can relax and rejuvenate.
Furthermore, the knowledge that one’s living space treads lightly on the planet instills a sense of pride and purpose. Thus, Sustainable Interior Design is not just a trend or an aesthetic choice, but a holistic approach to living, bringing together the best of aesthetics, functionality, and environmental stewardship.
Sustainability at Atelier Sabiina Design…
At Sabiina Design Atelier, Sustainability is more than just a buzzword; it is one of the fundamental pillars of our identity. We believe that design when crafted with awareness and responsibility, has the power to transform not only spaces but also the lives of the people who inhabit them and the world that surrounds them.
In our projects, we commit to implementing ecological solutions and sustainable practices, reflecting a deep consideration for our planet and future generations. This dedication to Sustainability is not only an ethical choice but also an expression of our genuine desire to innovate and lead in the design world, ensuring a positive environmental impact.