If 2020 has taught home dwellers one thing, it is the importance of ensuring that our homes are safe, beautiful, cozy oases that transform home life into a pleasurable experience. As reported by Consumer Specialists President, Fred Miller, the health crisis has created “a new trend, with the home taking on a different role in people’s lives.” Celebrities have certainly embraced this trend with passion.
Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston, for instance, lives in a net-zero energy residential building made of salvaged materials; Julia Louis-Dreyfus lives in a high-tech green home that produces most of the energy used by her family; and Daryl Hannah’s home is filled with recycled, non-toxic items, many of which she renovated.
Top interior design and architecture magazines are telling readers that many home renovation projects and new builds are embracing sustainable design that integrates indoor life with the great outdoors.
It makes sense, considering that when human beings are called upon to spend more time than usual indoors, their relationship with nature becomes more important than ever. What are some new trends enabling home dwellers to bridge the gap between design and nature?
#1 Choosing Sustainable Materials And Furniture
Construction experts Mangum Builders report that the building industry embraced green practices strongly last year, with the climate and health crises calling for a dramatic shift in mindsets. The U.S. Green Building Council states that residential properties make up 50% of green buildings, with just a few initiatives embraced being energy and water efficiency, site sustainability, and indoor environment quality.
In terms of interior design, just a few materials being employed include quarry waste (including slate and marble), recycled rubber, wood and cork waste, and timber. Paint, meanwhile, is natural, containing no toxins or components which harm the environment or destroy indoor air quality. Indoor furniture in sustainable materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled steel are also thriving.
#2 Bringing Nature Indoors
Efforts are also being made to create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors, thanks to features such as floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sliding doors, which connect features such as yards and gardens to common living spaces. Savvy offices and homes alike are utilizing nature in its most artistic form through the creation of installations such as vertical walls, which improve air quality while serving as a logical partition within shared living spaces.
‘Biophilic design’ is also taking over landscaping, with gardens including features like grass surrounding geometric-shaped pavement squares and the predominance of hanging, wall, and ground plants in areas such as terraces, porches, and light-filled hallways.
#3 Magnificent Porches
If you have a garden, then an ideal way to make the most of sunny days and reduce your electricity expenditure is by spending time on a covered terrace. Trends include the use of reclaimed wood decks (treated with a waterproof coating for greater resilience), recyclable shade sails, and the creation of experience-based spaces for meditation, yoga, and entertaining guests. Those with the budget for it are creating outdoor kitchens and bars and incorporating high-tech equipment into their cooking arsenal – including wood-burning pizza ovens, and Josper grills.
Sustainability is the buzzword in many industries, including that of construction and interior design. Celebrities, like other design lovers, are embracing furniture and fixtures in recycled and reclaimed materials, aiming to reduce waste and lower their carbon footprint. They are also seeking to spend more time outdoors, creating beautiful spaces made in materials like reclaimed wood and recycled shade structures.