In this day and age, nobody needs to be reminded how vulnerable our planet has become. Fortunately, more and more professionals and homeowners are opting for ‘greener’ lifestyles to lessen our carbon footprint, including using more natural materials when it comes to architecture and interior design.
Aside from being good for the environment, materials like bamboo and travertine (and wood, and leather, and iron, and rattan… ) also add to a warm and cosy feel for interiors. So, let’s examine five reasons to use natural materials in interior design, plus a potential professional for all your interior design needs…
1. Natural materials ensure high style
Natural materials bring neutral colours to the table, ensuring an elegant look for any space. Whether it’s wood or marble, clay or terracotta you’re considering, natural materials are popping up more and more thanks to their environmental appeal and visual splendour.
The best part? You don’t have to choose just one!
2. Natural materials are a health-conscious choice
Good on you for dieting and exercising, but how are your house’s materials affecting your health and wellbeing? Remember that architectural structures used to contain harmful chemicals and practices (asbestos, anyone?), which is a far cry from natural materials’ lack of carcinogens (any substance promoting the formation of cancer), among other benefits.
3. Natural materials are sustainable
Buying locally produced materials that are more eco-friendly is one thing. But opting to use repurposed / reclaimed / recycled materials and pieces will surely score you bonus points in terms of going green.
The great thing about repurposing and recycling is that you’re spoiled for choice (flea markets, garage sales, recycle centres), plus you stand a better chance of coming in way below your design budget.