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Environmentally friendly interiors

Being mindful of the future, we are constantly looking for sustainable solutions. Home furnishing is no exception. We are continually modelling options for using environmentally friendly materials in the interior to create comfortable spaces. Sustainable solutions in interior decoration are not new. Materials from nature to decorate durable spaces have been used for centuries, and their appeal to date is only growing stronger. Today, these solutions are living a renaissance and becoming a way of life.

The main principle of sustainability is to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible. One of the ways is to reduce the amount of waste – to consume less by applying conscious decisions and choices. Even cement or metal may be considered sustainable if recycled or reused.

Environmentally friendly interiors use materials from sustainable sources (in nature, they renew faster or during the same timeframe it takes to extract them). Wood is considered one of the most environmentally friendly materials. Wool and stone also belong to this category. They give any interior a timeless character.

When renovating a home, the entire perimeter of the premises should be inspected and assessed, looking for what can be saved and restored. After all, original attributes such as old brick walls can be hidden under the layers of previous renovations; they will give spaces an incredible feel. Old hardwood floors (if not too damaged) may be revived by creating a Scandinavian style after the restoration process (sanding, staining and toning).

It is worth considering ways to reduce energy consumption too. A lot of it is lost through windows, so it is necessary to ensure their quality and proper installation with good insulation. Curtains, blinds and other window coverings not only enhance the style of rooms but also help to control the indoog enr temperatures (by opening or closing them accordingly). Automatic heating and lighting systems can also assist in savinergy.

In the design world, item discarding once they go out of fashion is replaced by recycling and reuse. The process of “what materials, textures or colours I need to do this” changes to “what this material will allow me to achieve”. On the other hand, it is essential to consider the longevity of materials in use. This is particularly purposeful when dealing with high-wearing surfaces such as floors or stairs. People grow and change over time, expecting the premises to adapt in line with this, so it is beneficial to design flexible spaces (transformable walls, adjustable and mobile furniture, modular floors, etc.).

We contribute to the creation and installation of ecologically sustainable interiors – a few possible solutions are described below:

Clay plaster is a 100% natural and non-toxic (without any synthetic, concrete and lime additives or volatile organic compounds) mixture of unburnt clay, minerals and natural pigments, used as an environmentally friendly alternative to painted walls. It is also suitable for ceiling decoration. Clay plaster is considered one of the most sustainable materials – it is durable (may last up to 60 years), does not decompose over time, can be recycled and composted, and requires little maintenance, while damaged fragments can be easily repaired. It allows buildings to breathe, suppresses acoustics, helps regulate humidity and temperature, and is resistant to UV rays. Clay plaster presents an opportunity to create an extremely natural and luxurious-looking finish, where texture and sentimentality interchange in the background of soothing aesthetics.

As with any cement product, microcement casting requires several layers and some time. It is an eco-friendly and sustainable choice that will last forever. A mixture of cement, filling, polymers and water-resistant additives is more robust than any other cement-based mixture; it can be used to cover different surfaces (even without removing old materials) with the possibility to choose the desired colour. Microcement is usually used for floors, but it can also cover walls, stairs, ceilings, kitchen countertops or furniture and is ideal for bathroom decoration. Microcement creates a seamless, modern and visually appealing effect combining style and substance, where tranquillity and simplicity prevail.

Natural stone in the room radiates the feeling of being in nature. This is another long-lasting and durable material with easy adaption for a second life – that creates a mesmerising story. Organic shapes and textures characterise the varying size and colour pieces. Stone can be easily installed and is perfect for wall decoration or kitchen surfaces; separate interior accessories or other household items look impressive. Granite, slate and sandstone are most popular in interior spaces.

Compared to concrete and steel, wood leaves a smaller CO2 footprint. It is also one of the best renewable resources. The effects created by wood in modern ecological designs open up expansive possibilities. Its shapes and textures indicate where and how to use this material when designing any style. That can be wooden doors, floors or furniture, etc. Often, wood components become inseparable parts of decorative walls or the entire interior; as structural elements, they act as an accent of spaces.

Decoration of premises should follow sustainability principles and create durable spaces without needing a complete renovation of the whole design every couple of years. The best way to achieve this longevity is to choose quality instead of quantity, classics instead of fashion and in synergy with simplicity and functionality. We are continually looking for possible solutions and always invite clients to consult with specialists in their field.