1. Buy wood furniture that’ll last a lifetime
Something like an oak sideboard can stay in a family for generations. But it’s not just oak furniture that’s a great environmentally friendly choice. Take the time to shop around and find a supplier who uses Forestry Commission certified materials.
In terms of imports, woods like bamboo are extremely popular, right now and can be considered a renewable resource.
2. Shabby chic décor
Repurposing old furniture isn’t just about saving money. It’s also about conserving resources. For the luxury décor enthusiast who’s fallen out of love with that designer oak bedroom furniture, don’t hit the shops looking for an alternative straight away. This could be the perfect opportunity to create a genuinely bespoke piece that fits wonderfully into that much sought-after trend – shabby chic.
The rules for shabby chic are that customised furniture and accessories are a great way to stamp an individual mark on a look. It’s impossible to go wrong with pastels. Natural materials are the best. Whimsical fabric patterns are a must and employing a little creative license (or paying someone else to!) could open up amazing style doors.
Although shabby chic is meant to look inexpensive, the luxe option is often absolutely sumptuous. There’s an entire sector here in the UK based on expert designers and craftsmen breathing new life into dated designer interiors. A good piece customised by the right up-and-coming eco-friendly designer could be a superb investment.
3. Buy organic fabrics
Choosing the likes of water-based ink patterned cushions on organic cotton isn’t just something to brag about (or panic about when the cat gets fur-balls!) Fair trade and eco-friendly luxury goods are becoming big business in the UK, both in terms of native produce and imports.
It’s now possible to buy everything from luxury bedspreads and kitchen islands to bath stools and kitchenware from the organic materials sector.
Visit local craft centres and fairs to gain insight into what’s on offer locally. Many high-end eco-friendly designers don’t maintain stores, so seeking them out online or via stockist networks can be a great way to find rare, bespoke, luxury pieces.
4. Eco-friendly paint
Small changes can make a big difference. Choosing designer eco-friendly paint means choosing a product that’s free from vinyl resins and harmful petrochemical solvents. This means they’re 100% emission neutral and allergy free.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website contains detailed information on why solvent-based paints can be harmful to a household, particularly during the drying process. It may cost more, but it’s a small price to pay for health and wellbeing.
5. Reclaimed flooring
Vinyl is the enemy of environmentally forthright interiors. It’s manufactured using synthetic chemicals and non-renewable resources. But there are plenty of other options for the luxury buyer. Opting for something like reclaimed wood, bamboo or cork doesn’t just add a superb element of style to a luxe interior, it keeps those environmental credential high too!