Now more than ever, people are looking for more ecologically-friendly and sustainable decor trends for their home. Best of all, sustainable home decor trends are a great way to add a modern homespun touch that can enhance the value and durability of your home. Let’s take a look at some of the newest sustainable home decor trends today.
- Steel Furniture
Furniture may seem like the most disposable part of a home, especially with the prominence of cheaply-made goods, but sustainable furniture is better for the environment and your wallet. Stainless steel furniture like chairs and tables can last a long time and is extremely durable. This is especially true when compared to glued-together wood designs and composite materials that eventually break due to repeated use.
- Metal Prints
If you’re looking to add a touch of class to your home, metal prints can add a vivid, eye-catching touch to any room that can stand the test of time. Consider the fact that metal prints can be purchased cheaply and are fade-resistant. Metal prints are superior to canvas prints that can fade and tear easily thanks to, say, a curious house cat. Similarly, many homeowners can repurpose scrap metal from places like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, which can then be custom-made to fit your home’s unique look. Best of all, reusing materials has a positive effect on the environment—which is a win-win.
- High Quality Vertical Storage
Sometimes, homeowners forget that they can boost their square footage simply by building upwards. Bathrooms and kitchens are notorious for underutilized space or having overcrowded counter space. That’s why high quality vertical storage that uses sustainable materials, like prefinished plywood for cabinets, can add more space to your home’s interior without having to spend an inordinate amount of money to retrofit your home. Even using a small step stool to reach seldom-used storage can vastly improve the home’s usage.
- Durable Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
One part of sustainability that needs to be addressed is the often overlooked hardware that makes up your kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Because these components are used daily, the wear and tear can lead to constant replacements and a drain on the environment (i.e. leaky connections). That’s why it is important to use high quality kitchen and bathroom fixtures when replacing ones that easily break—or can cause unseen damage to your home. High quality faucets and other hardware, like stainless steel versus low-grade plastics, can mean a positive difference to your wallet and the world’s resources.
- Custom Made Windows
Larger windows can make your home more energy efficient. It may seem counter-intuitive, but custom made windows can actually make your home use less energy, as they can be tailored to the natural sunlight that your home gets through the year without drafts, as well as typically thin glass barriers between the outside world and the inside. Many homes feature one-size-fits-all designs that don’t take into consideration how your home can leverage the environment to its heating/cooling. Custom made windows can rectify problematic homes that hemorrhage money in energy costs year-round. Furthermore, because modern windows use a variety of methods of insulation (i.e. insulating gases, low-e coatings, double- and triple-paned glass), windows have become the newest trend for sustainability in home design.