As energy efficiency becomes more essential to our homes, it makes sense that in future interior design trends will change to reflect this. Already many modern homes, which are made to be as green as possible, are finding ways to make energy efficiency as stylish as possible – from using natural materials wherever possible in the construction, to finer details like employing LED lights around the home instead of incandescent bulbs.
Whether you’re overhauling your entire property or just making a few adjustments to a room, see it as an opportunity to make your home more efficient at the same time. Even design choices that are practically invisible (such as double glazing from a provider like Safestyle UK) can go a long way to improving the energy rating of a home.
You can also consider whether you can redecorate in a more eco-friendly way. For instance, can you reuse leftover wallpaper and tiles? Finding creative uses for leftover products not only makes sound financial sense and reduces the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, it’s also a great way to inject a bit of quirkiness into a room.
If you’re changing the lighting in your home, it’s worth looking into LED bulbs. When these first came on the market, they were largely ignored because they tended to give off a colder, less pleasant light than standard bulbs. However, the technology they use has made huge leaps in recent years, and they now offer far more in the way of versatility and flexibility than the older bulbs ever did – as well as lasting much longer and using less energy.
Another way to increase the eco-friendliness of your redesign is to think carefully about the materials you’re using. In a kitchen renovation, consider replacing your cabinets with reclaimed wood or bamboo rather than hardwoods, which look great and are also usually a good deal cheaper. Countertop manufacturers have also started offering alternative materials that have the same properties as granite or corian, but are much kinder to the environment.
While not an interior design choice per se, it’s also vitally important to consider the things that power your house – particularly the boiler. Boilers account for around 60 per cent of what you spend on energy bills every year, so upgrading to a more efficient model can pay for itself in a few years, as well as making your property more attractive to potential buyers.