Being green has become a core aspect of design in recent years, with builders being mindful of the sustainability that can be achieved with the materials they use and the systems that can be put into place based on the layout and structure they’ve created. Of course, aesthetics still play a significant role in both the interior and exterior choices that designers and clients make in shaping the outcome.
Here are some great options that provide style while applying sustainability in the design.
- Using a vertical landscape
Adding more greenery into the urban sphere is something that has been both a visual goal for enlivening otherwise cold-feeling spaces and serving as practical additions to areas that need airflow and want innately sustainable materials in their construction.
A vertical landscape can be used as a wall itself or an installation on the facade of a building. It can be filled with a plethora of plants and even moss with minimal water consumption but maximized effects on the visual stimulus of the area. Not only are they an excellent way to establish green building structures, but they also greatly contribute to the well-being of the people who frequent the spaces they’re in. A crossover study in Korea revealed that interaction and exposure to plant life could significantly reduce physiological and psychological stress in people.
- Incorporating reclaimed wood
Wood has always been a staple in design and is looking to stay that way because of how versatile it is with different themes and aesthetics. Whether you’re going for a light open space or a more sophisticated ambiance, there is always room for wood to be incorporated either in furniture, flooring, walls, or even decorative pieces.
A fantastic way of making use of this classy natural material in a sustainable fashion is by making use of reclaimed wood. It has all the workability and gorgeous elements of new wood but without the need to create new lumber. That decreases the need to use up energy, tap into natural resources, make waste, and produce toxins. Right away, going this route gives you access to different looks that come with the aged material, and you can still rely on its durability.
- Installing plastic doors
One may not immediately think of either style or sustainability when mentioning “plastic.” But with the appropriate resources and methods, it can be a practical and more energy-efficient way to protect your space.
Either with uPVC or composite doors made of glass and reinforced plastic, you can make use of plastic doors that produce less energy consumption without sacrificing your aesthetic. Modern technology allows for designs that still achieve style preferences and can be in any color desired. Aside from being more manageable to maintain throughout the years, these types of doors also provide energy efficiency because of their improved insulation and air filtration.
With all these options readily available, it’s not hard to make design choices that are conscientious in their impact on the environment while still fitting a specific look worth a magazine spread.
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