Despite what many people presume, sustainable design does not equal boring and functional design—far from it. Innovative design champions of today are pushing the boundaries of what is possible to achieve with enough resources and know-how. They show us that luxury and eco-friendliness can go hand in hand.
So, like it or not, a lavish way of living is no longer just about glitz, glam, and fun. It also encompasses ethically-sourced, recyclable materials and sustainable solutions throughout the home interior and exterior. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, be creative and think outside the box. Translate your dream home into reality.
1. Energy-Efficient Lighting
Replacing your lighting fittings is one of those DIY projects that are neither labor-intensive nor expensive. Nevertheless, it makes a big difference in terms of aesthetic pull and eco-friendliness. Namely, LED bulbs last way longer and consume much less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
It is also possible to add dimmers, motion sensors, smart features and luminous textiles for an atmospheric, luminous glow. All of that you can pull off without spending a fortune on new fixtures. So, do not miss a chance to transform the feel of your interior, save money, and highlight focal points of the design.
2. Green Roofs and Walls
One of the most exciting and innovative novelties comes in the form of green roofs and walls. They look amazing and enable homeowners to enjoy various sustainable benefits, such as natural cooling and insulation. On top of that, they are fabricated in such a way to allow you to grow various plants.
And yes, you can install them without the help of professionals. Finally, to go an extra mile, create an organic garden and line up solar panels on the roof. Create your own personal sanctuary that resembles Hanging Gardens of Babylon and captures the Earth Day Spirit.
3. Garden Makeover
Next, turn your attention to outdoor space and figure out ways of sprucing it up. You want to stick to reusable and recyclable materials for the patio, walls, and pathways. Anything from old scaffolding boards and man-made bricks to tin buckets and recycled concrete aggregate can do the trick.
Likewise, check out these heavy-duty adjustable pedestals that can serve as building blocks for pavers, verandas, balconies, and decks. Ideally, you do your research and opt for materials that are sourced and built locally. And once you have the stage set, introduce greenery and pops of color in all shapes and forms.
4. Green Décor
To boost the visual appeal of the interior, you can use eco-friendly and organic wallpapers (grasscloth, for instance) to breathe new life into walls. That way, you add various architectural accents, elegant patterns, and eye-popping textures without actually constructing anything.
Furthermore, feel free to apply a fresh coat of paint to go with décor. Just steer away from paints that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Do the same when choosing products like hardwood floor finishes. Explore other green DIY projects: they take it easy on Mother Nature and enable you to flesh out and anchor your unique style.
5. Smart Home Tech
Smart technology is changing the way we live, giving us an opportunity to manage and monitor various systems around the home. Let us take the example of water conservation. There is no shortage of easy-to-install devices like low-flow faucets and shower heads, but that is already old news.
Now we also have cutting-edge products like Flowie that act as leak detection sensors and detectors. They work wonders in terms of preventing consumption inefficiency and water damage. Apart from that, you can consider investing in smart-enabled sprinkler systems and irrigation controls. They schedule runtimes on their own, according to the local weather forecast. Pretty handy, is it not?
The Best of Both Worlds
To our utmost joy, modern technology has caught up with aesthetics. There are more eco-friendly features available than ever before and they are a far cry from ugly and clunky. They invite us to deliver a touch of luxury and add character to our living spaces, while also allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint.
To make it all happen, take advantage of smart technology and put your DIY skills to good use. Come up with a solid plan, form a budget, and get your creative juices flowing. Build an environmentally conscious lifestyle without sacrificing a tiny bit of comfort and aesthetic splendor.
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