Sustainable interior design - 4 tips

As a designer, I'm very conscious of how my work impacts the planet.  Here are my 4 absolute must-do's for sustainable interior design.  

1. Buy the best you can afford

Don’t just buy less, buy better. A cheap, poor-quality mass-produced coffee table is unlikely to last a long time.  A well-made piece of furniture can last a lifetime - or several. My manufacturers in NZ make bespoke furniture to order, using sustainable timber, and top craftsmanship. These items are well-considered and grace many of my client homes - such as the pieces shown in the photos here.   

2. Forgo trends

I select timeless materials, and furniture and items for which my clients have a  deep ‘love’.

Remember when millennium pink was all the rage? Or macramé? Or ‘word’ art?

Instead, be original, be yourself, choose items that will forgo trends. Here, I used a gorgeous NZ-made chair in this room to complement existing furniture.

3. Re-purpose/re-use what you have

You don't always need to buy new. I regularly manage the reupholstery of  clients' armchairs and settees with fabulous bespoke fabric. We can give your old dining table get a new lease of life by staining/white washing it or changing out the legs and then teaming it with contemporary chairs.  

I can style and display your treasures in a  contemporary way.

I've had kitchens professional re-sprayed, and bench tops and kitchen handles replaced in several client kitchens over the years. The result can be like having a new kitchen. This purple kitchen took on a radically new life with this treatment. Before (purple cabinetry) to After (crisp white) Photos below.

4. Source products that come from suppliers where sustainability is fundamental to them too

I select suppliers who have the same commitment to the environment as I do. Fortunately, my job has become easier since more sustainable products make the market. Rejoice fabric (shown) by Warwick is made from 100% plastic bottles with 70-80 bottles in every metre. It's soo soft - almost velvet-like. Forte is another supplier doing things such as producing outdoor rugs in recycled plastic (also shown). Both durable AND good looking.

Contact Heidi at The Room Editor for information about how I can help you make the most of your interior, in a sustainable way. Phone 021 026 30012

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