A SUDDEN SHIFT TOWARDS NATURAL HOME DECOR FOR COMFORT
Through these tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have realized the importance of health and family. The endless work-from-home period has shifted families’ interest towards basic and comfortable living. This leads to a rise in preference for the minimalist lifestyle where less is often more. Home no longer is only the place you return to after a long day but also the place to get your work done. Excessive noise which was often neglected has emerged as thorns pricking you and your work. A utilitarian approach to home decor can overcome this obstacle and make your stay home feel truly “at home”.
What is a sustainable home?
A sustainable home is one such that is designed or built with the aim to optimize resource usage, be it energy, water usage or the materials themselves.
At the core of sustainable homes are efficiency and durability. In other words, homes which last longer while minimizing its negative impacts on the environment.
Clean energy is THE energy!
It’s tough to switch fully to renewable energy sources, however, installing a solar or wind power generator can be of significant values to your family’s long-run prospects. Do consult engineers before installing a generator to ensure safety and value for your buck. If you’re in the central US, get a wind generator asap. Your states have strong wind, use it, you won’t regret going clean.
The SouthWest coast is the country’s heat map for… heat. Pick up a few solar panels if you haven’t already. These cost-saving methods can greatly benefit your home in a sustainable way. Go clean, go green.
Sustainable materials for your home
The need for environmentally friendly material has been on the rise as people are growing more conscious of their environment and health. In one aspect, a “sustainable lifestyle” means to use non-toxic and recyclable materials for your home. Instead of using artificial materials, natural materials are a go-to for contemporary home designers. Plant-based fibers such as seagrass, bamboo, or rattan are especially popular in the decor industry as of late. The production methods for these materials originated in Asia thousands of years ago. They are considered a legacy passed down from one generation to another. The crafters, known as artisans, have accumulated experience and have mastered the art to the point of becoming one with it. It is no easy task to transform living plants into the final products we all admire.
Seagrass is a flowering plant native to SouthEast Asia where the land is invaded by bodies of water. This plant grows submerged in ponds, lakes and rivers. Due to their abundance, seagrass has been cultivated by natives for crafting household items for hundreds of years. The flimsy looking plant becomes quite sturdy after being dried under the tropical sun while remaining flexible enough to be woven into strands and patterns.
Bamboo is a tall grass with great cultural and economic value to SouthEast Asian natives. They are used for housing and furniture material due to their high strength-to-weight ratio and sustainability. Bamboo has a fast growth rate of up to 91 cm per 24-hour in certain species. This provides a sustained source of raw material for the decor industry.
Rattan (or Ratan) is another native plant of the SouthEast Asia region. It belongs to the Old-world palm family and is traditionally used for wickerwork household items. Rattan’s inability to be cultivated and heavy reliance on wild harvests inflates the value to being the top of non-timber plants. They produce exquisite and unique wickerworks with high durability and often sought after.
Sustainable workplace… at home
A clean and tidy workstation can go a long way in easing your mind and boosting productivity. Just a simple desk with minimal stationery will do the job. Don’t overcrowd your field of vision with unnecessary things, keep it tidy and neat, the aesthetics can go somewhere else. In this case, a simple wall is the right touch to add on your wall along with some wall hangers. These can range from wooden shelves to raffia decor fans. With just these few simple items, your eyes and mind can stay attentive to what you do. Additionally, feel free to add some potteries with plants to cleanse the air and refresh your mind.
Bringing nature indoors
One more thing to improve the sustainability of your indoors is by choosing to incorporate more nature into your living quarters. First off, this means planting more trees, a lot of them. And by that, I don’t mean planting trees in your garden, bring them inside. You can decorate your rooms with different types of plants, from wall-hanging ferns to tabletop bonsais and rubber plants. The feel of greens will light up your house and vitalize your home. To make it truly sustainable, there is a wide range of eco-friendly planters you can choose from. The most popular ones are ceramic planters, rubber vases (recycled) or belly baskets made from seagrass. These items are a plus to your style while ensuring a cleaner Earth.