As the global eco-consciousness rises, more people are starting to understand the advantages that come with embracing eco-friendly options. From clothing and cars to eating habits and interior design, environmental awareness is making an impact on the way we approach different aspects of our lives. In this article, we’ll be exploring the benefits that come with integrating natural elements into our homes and why everyone should consider going au naturale in terms of interior design. Let’s dive in!
You’ll create a healthy environment in your home
When you think about wellness, you probably think in terms of healthy eating habits, regular exercising, and finding effective ways to relieve stress. While all of those things will certainly improve your well-being, the things you surround yourself with also play a major role in how healthy your lifestyle actually is. In the past, a lot of materials that were used for building (e.g. lead and asbestos) have been proven to be harmful to human health. Even though these materials aren’t used to build homes anymore, that’s not to say that the materials we can find in our homes today are 100% toxin-free. Artificial materials and VOCs in paint still pose danger to our well-being, and some might even be carcinogenic. On the other hand, incorporating natural materials into your home’s design will bring a lot of health benefits to you and your family and ensure you create an environment that is safe, sustainable, and health-conscious.
You’ll be getting great quality for a great price
Other than helping you create a positive and healthy environment, natural materials are also a great way to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Many pieces that are offered on the market may seem like cheaper options at the moment of the purchase, but they do come with a hefty price tag in terms of the environmental impact they create. On the other hand, natural materials can often be found at great prices, especially if you know where to look (e.g. vintage websites and second-hand stores). Considering how long they can last, they make for a more logical choice for furnishing your home. The same thing goes for home decor. For example, pure wool rugs can last for up to 50 years (or longer) if taken care of properly, while a polypropylene rug has an average lifespan of no more than five years. Not to mention how natural fabrics and materials have a softer, more luxurious feel than their synthetic counterparts, which makes them all the more enjoyable.
You’ll be getting the perfect neutral elements with personality
Another amazing thing about natural materials is that they have a character. While both mass-produced and natural furnishings and decor are made following certain production protocols, the former seem to lack any distinguishable features and give off a uniform, cookie-cutter vibe. In contrast, materials harvested from nature come with naturally occurring distinctness that gives them a personality and a unique charm. So, instead of blending in with the rest of your interior, your natural wood floor with its quirky grain pattern will infuse your interiors with a character, and the same thing goes for marbling patterns on your benchtops. This peculiarity makes them the perfect neutral elements that can serve as a base in your design while also lending personality to your interiors.
You’ll get a chic, on-trend look
Natural materials are timeless and versatile, and as such, can be incorporated into a wide range of interiors. For example, concrete and metal are perfectly blendable with spaces designed in industrial or modern style, while materials like canvas and bamboo fit in perfectly with minimalist Zen aesthetic. If you’re aiming for a rustic chic look, natural stone and wood are obvious choices, and if you lean towards something more classic, make marble a part of your home’s design. With natural materials, you don’t have to worry about your interiors going out of style.
You’ll save some money because of their durability
We often hear people saying how “they don’t make them like they used to”. However, there’s a reasoning behind this seemingly cliché catchphrase. Products made in the era before deforestation and commercial mass-production have a much longer lifespan than many artificial products available on the market today, and that is due to the fact that the builders relied on the use of natural materials and aimed for quality instead of quantity. That justifies the fact that a half-a-century old vintage family heirloom piece can outlast many commercial products you’ve bought just a couple of years ago. This also applies to other products, textiles, and design items you use on a regular basis.
Eco-friendly, stylish, durable, and unique – there’s really no downside to implementing natural materials into your interiors. By taking a greener approach to designing your own living space, you will not only create a positive and healthy environment to thrive in, but you’ll also be doing Mother Nature a huge favor.