When I think of decorating trends today, many things come to my mind. I see more and more people staying at home longer and investing in improving what they have and that make their home adapt to their evolving lifestyle. Customers replace windows, moldings, skirting boards and add cornices to the ceiling. They remove the carpet and expose or install hardwood floors. Faux paint finishes on walls replace walls, especially in bathrooms.
In the past, most of the customers were decidedly traditional: Queen Ann, cherry wood, polished and reflective or very contemporary: clean and modern lines, austere country collection or : cluttered, cutesy and charming. Now, I love working with clients who want to mix the best of all these styles. Antiques, collectibles and mid-century modern work, creating an eclectic look, can be appreciated in a timeless and less fashionable way.
The biggest trend of today is more than a passing fad. The buzz of green building, eco-friendly, sustainable design is everywhere you turn. Television programs, newspapers, magazines, books, conferences, and exhibition centers devote time, energy, and space to the idea: You can make a difference in everyday life. live of. When you become more aware of the environment, look around your house, do you see areas that need attention? What will be your next renovation project? How will you proceed, knowing that during the upgrade, it will produce waste and things that you no longer need? Where will the debris go? And the items you choose to replace wear, are no longer needed, where will they come from? How are they made? What resources are used to produce the article? This is the first step to be green. That is to say: become conscious.
For example: You are tired of your 1970s kitchen. The material is stung; there is a build-up of scum or missing finish on the cabinets, some of the drawers do not close properly, the countertops are scratched and stained. Cabinets can easily be reused. Which means that they could become additional storage space in the basement, garage or craft room. Another option is to add wood veneers to existing "boxes" as well as new doors, drawers and hardware to create an updated look for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. Local nonprofits, such as Building Hope, will take your unwanted but recoverable cabinets (and other building materials). You do your part to keep your law firm out of the land, help a non-profit organization and get a tax deduction to do it!
Recycled paper, glass or granite chips embedded in a concrete binder are popular options for countertops. Use little or no VOC (volatile organic compounds-bad for health) and finish. Renewable or durable flooring: cork, bamboo or linoleum is becoming more available and competitively priced with traditional vinyl options. Replace inefficient appliances with Energy Star appliances, standards set by the US Department of Energy. "If only one in ten homes used Energy Star appliances, the change would mean planting an additional 1.7 million acres of trees." WOW!
DO NOT FORGET TO: REUSE, REDUCE AND RECYCLE
- Ask yourself, "Can someone else need it or use it? Before You Cast It
- Buy Durable, Quality, Durable Products and Items
- Search for recycled or durable content products: floor coverings, countertops, fabrics, wallpaper
- Request FSC-Forest Stewardship Council This is a non-profit organization that certifies products from responsibly managed forests
- Buy locally. How much fossil fuel is used to get the product?
- Consider Adaptive Reuse – Antiques, Upholstery, Reused Items
- Use lighting and natural light more efficiently. Turn off the lights when you are not using them. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (LEDs), dimmers on incandescent light bulbs or install light tubes
- Use low or no VOC paints and finishes
- Turn off and / or unplug appliances and appliances. computers when you are not using them. They are ghostly energy eaters
- Use environmentally friendly / nontoxic cleaners
- Bring fresh air into your home or business
- Buy carbon credits, contribute to groups who plant trees or invest in renewable energy to offset the fossil fuels we consume
Interior design trends are now easily integrated into our daily lives. The time, is to renovate existing furniture or bring fresh air and natural light into your home. By becoming more environmentally friendly, you are doing your part to reduce energy consumption and your carbon footprint. This in turn reduces global warming, preserves our limited natural resources and allows you to save money by using less energy. When you choose to work with Erin O & # 39; Brien and Erin Designs, LLC, together, you can create beautiful, healthier, greener places to live and work.
By Erin O Brien
Allied Member – American Society of Interior Design