When it comes to design, nowadays there is no unique style to use. It depends on customer’s choice, which particular design they prefer. Usually, this discrepancy leads to disparate styles coming together, which is also known as an eclectic style. But where does the line between taste, needs and ecology is drawn?

Environmentally sustainable interior design (ESID) has become a major issue in interior design practice.

Ecological factors play a major role in sustainable development. It is important that resources which humans produce through their hard work are not wasted.

So how can we combine customers' preferences and energy efficiency when designing interior? How to make our living environment more energy efficient?

And what are the interior design styles that easily support ecological factors?

Let’s discuss some design styles that focus on eco-friendliness:

Industrial Style

Unlike other interior designs, industrial design is natural and free. Such interior arrangement is profitable for the economic and ecological conditions in general.

One of the main characteristics of industrial style is exposing such architectural features that other designs ignore. For intense beams, columns, etc. Usually, even technical elements like wirings are in the center of attention.

In the first instance, it is possible to create glamorous and extraordinary visuals, and in the second instance, you do not need to waste your finances on purchasing new materials for cladding, the producing of which obviously brings a lot of damage to the environment.

The industrial style concentrates on consuming as many natural factors as possible. This is why it is often associated with big and wide windows and open spaces.

The natural light that comes inside through the windows fills and lightens up the inner area, while open corridors help rearrange the incoming light.

A common element you see in interiors is metal, wood and fabric furniture. Extraction and production of which takes a lot of ecological resources. In industrial interiors, it is frequent to use secondary or recycled furniture that is directly linked to eco-friendliness.

Last but not least, an integral part of the industrial interior is plants! Plants, of course, clean and freshen our air, on top of that they give nice ambiance to space. So, it is highly recommended to use as much plant for your interior as possible!


Scandinavian Style

The Scandinavian style focuses directly on sustainability. Eco-friendliness is a big focus here. It is the strict northern climate that defined the main characteristics of this style.

Like the industrial design, free space and organic materials are major spotlights here.

The Scandinavian design pays tribute to natural forms of the surroundings. To connect outdoor and indoor environments there are often live plants integrated into the inner space.

Light-colored wood is often used in the Scandinavian interiors in its original form, without extra preparation.

In order to save electricity, it is common to paint walls in light and bleached colors.

The bright coloring of the walls helps reflect the incoming sunlight that comes through big, wide windows.

Thus we consume much less electricity than usual. 

Of course, these styles may not match your taste, but at least, you can use the principles and details that make the interior way more efficient.

Some of the recommendations to make your indoor environment more ecologically friendly are:

 Use light colors wall covering
+ Use organic and natural materials
+ Big windows are a "must"
+ Use recycled and secondary furnishing
+ Place as many plants as possible.

Originally Published: 21.10.2020