Changing the way we think about design
Over the past 2 years, we have moved from confinement, remote working and distance learning to rediscovering the importance of our home design to our happiness and well-being. While some pandemic life trends may remain a constant in our lives as we move into the New Year, there are also many styles emerging that are inspired by green and sustainable designs.
Whether you’re just looking to update some of your home decor or want to embark on some major remodeling projects, you’ll want these green design trends on your radar as we step into the New Year.
Sustainable and recycled materials
You are already familiar with bamboo and cork when it comes to sustainable and recycled flooring options, and there are other eco-friendly materials you’ll want to keep an eye out for. There is more emphasis on materials that are not only sustainable and recycled, but also non-toxic and sturdy. Consider metal for railings and counters. Bioglass is made from post-consumer recycled glass and is a great option for sinks, walls, and even flooring.
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Maximalism and DIY Decor
The sterile, white and almost empty spaces so popular in the minimalist trend give way in part to maximalism, which encourages us to use many objects, including those that we can reuse and update ourselves. As with sustainable materials, 2022 will see more and more of us reuse used furniture and decorative items in our homes.
Laurie Barrette, co-author of Minimal: for a simple and sustainable life Recount Architectural summary that with the proliferation of home improvement projects and still slow supply chains due to the pandemic, it is often faster and more financially feasible to look at the items we already have and use our DIY skills in areas such as woodworking and upholstery to give our items an updated look.
Don’t forget the greens
Indoor plant sales were skyrocketing long before the pandemic and there is no indication the trend is fading anytime soon. In fact, in the 3 years leading up to 2019, the sale of houseplants increased by 50% according to the National Gardening Association.
While more of us are looking for a connection to Mother Nature, houseplants are a great option that will exercise your green thumb, improve the air quality in your home, and even add color and texture to your home. your decor. For those who aren’t up to the task of keeping plants alive, try simple options like moss compositions and even dried plants and flowers.
While the term “manufactured home” can conjure up images of mobile and modular homes, the phrase is simply an umbrella term used to describe any type of home that is built in a factory and then moved to a site. Manufactured homes today come in all sizes, shapes and styles, and experts predict that the prefab trend will become more popular in the years to come.
Manufactured homes are popular because they generate less waste, as builders more accurately estimate how much materials a home needs, homes are extremely durable, and construction time is often shorter than for construction homes. traditional. In addition, since construction takes place in one location and the house is then moved, a single delivery of a prefabricated house results in lower transportation costs than associated with more traditional construction.
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When it comes to walls, the trend is towards a natural color palette that matches the colors found in nature. The type of paint and wall covering you use will also be decisive. Look for paint options labeled “low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds)” or “low odor,” which means the paint mixture will not contain harmful chemicals. If you’re looking to jump on the wallpaper trend, consider natural wallpaper instead of the more traditional vinyl, which isn’t an eco-friendly choice.
We all know that a rug can really tie a room together, so if you’re looking to give any part of your home a modernized look, rugs are a great inexpensive option. Look for environmentally friendly materials such as wool, sisal, jute, or hemp. These natural materials are durable and resistant to falling, plus they are non-allergenic and non-toxic, which means that they are not only good for the environment but also for your health.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term Japandi, think of it as a blend of Marie Kondo’s organizational technique and Scandinavian minimalism. Confuses? Stay with me here. Japandi is a trend that aims to get rid of your clutter and focus on natural light while finding the perfect blend of functionality and design.
To keep up with the trend, think about sustainable materials like recycled plastic or bamboo for furniture, fabrics that have been naturally dyed, and use what you already have instead of buying more items.
Let there be light
You already know about LED bulbs, which are eco-friendly and easy on your wallet. As we move into 2022, it’s all about natural light, so think of floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. Natural light saves you money and you enjoy the benefits of sunlight even during the winter months, which can help improve your mood and overall well-being. So open up those curtains and blinds and let the sun do its job.
We are moving from smart homes to smart homes, as the many ways that the technological gadgets in our homes can connect and communicate with each other will continue to develop. It is estimated that more than half of households in the United States will have adopted smart gadgets by 2023, and by 2022, the global smart home market will be valued at $ 53.5 billion, according to a study by Statista.
From smart devices and televisions to thermostats and security systems, making different parts of your home communicate with each other will save you time and money. As a bonus, you can save on energy costs and improve your home’s environmental friendliness.
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By researching locally sourced materials and decor, you will eliminate the shipping and transportation of items, reducing their carbon footprint. It also helps your community when you shop locally. If you are looking for furniture, try a local furniture maker or even a thrift store. Look for Christmas decorations at local pop-ups, markets, and stores. And if you’re working on a larger remodeling project, look for materials like wood, cabinetry, and flooring that are made as close to your location as possible.