Adopting India’s traditional methods of yoga, ayurvedic treatments, medicines and organic materials is in trend nowadays or we can say is the need of today’s world. Climate changes, increased pollution, lowered air quality and less greenery is a major concern now for the world. Though we have many technologies to have pure air to breathe and have a healthy life still it is not very efficient and has long-term effects. As today people spend 80% of their time in buildings whether it is in offices, schools, colleges or homes, why can’t we make our houses green by adopting eco-friendly home interior designs.
It appears to be a small change in itself but can have a huge impact on our lives. Nature has given us enormous resources and if our small change can save it from further suffering, it will only make our lives more sustainable. According to one of the surveys by TERI, it is estimated that if all the buildings in urban areas of India get transformed to green buildings, India can save up to 8,400 MW of power which can provide energy to 550,000 homes in India per year.
Going green is not a difficult task to do for nature’s sake and can be done by choosing sustainable architecture. It includes selecting sustainable site design, conservation of water by maximizing the use of renewable water, use of efficient lights to save electricity, maximum use of recycled materials, eco-friendly paints and wall materials etc. It is basically possible when energy consultants, architecture, electrical, plumbing, site engineer works as a team and every aspect of green building is discussed and executed.
This was the brief idea of why we should have eco-friendly buildings and for our homes, we can start with its interior. It is the easiest step towards going green and is most acceptable. So here are some tips for houses, apartments with small space and luxury homes to have eco-friendly interiors.
Walls with Natural Materials
1. Low VOC:
Walls are the most important part of the interior of a room as they consist of largest
part of it. One of the easiest ways to make walls eco-friendly is to paint them with 100% organic VOC free paint to improve the indoor air quality.
VOC is a volatile organic compound which are chemicals present in paints or polishing materials, carpets etc. and can cause long-term health problems like allergy, development problems in children, etc.
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2. Use Bamboos:
Covering walls with bamboos can give a dramatic and natural look to the room. It is used in bathrooms also to avoid temperature change during high humidity and summers. They are lightweight, so cladding is done easily. There are different types of bamboos like yellow shiny Moso Bamboo poles, Guagua bamboo poles, Black bamboo roles etc. which can give different looks to the interior of the house.
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3. Wallpapers with eco-friendly waste materials:
Organic wallpapers are used made up of recyclable materials, natural inks etc. and waste materials too. We can use wooden wall covering but that too must have FSC’s mark which ensures that wood is eco-friendly and is made from the sustainable source of wood i.e. does not favor deforestation.
Organic Fabric partition
Eco-friendly Kitchen Tiles
Wooden Interior Decor
Use Plants for interior decoration
Green plants are the natural air purifiers. They absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. So the natural way to increase indoor air quality is to add at least one or two house plants in every room. Plants can give new life to your bedroom, living room, kitchen and even bathrooms. So there are some indoor plants which need very less maintenance but give a beautiful look to your house and purified air.
Fiddle leaf fig
They have large leathery leaves and need less water to sustain.
It has large shiny leaves which give elegant look to the living room. It requires low light and does not need direct sunlight so can be placed in bedrooms or kitchen.
These plants are long-lasting and have long hanging branches. They need moisture and are flourishes under moderate light.
The plant has exotic look and needs very low maintenance. Can be kept in small pots as herbs or in big pots as shrubs.
Plants can be hanged on the balcony or in living area to give an artistic view.
Lighting of the house
Proper lights and brightness in a house make a great difference in terms of looks and space and the most favorable source of light would be direct sunlight. Especially if you like in cold regions, there must be the proper way for letting the sunlight in. It not only makes the house warm but is good for our health also.
Also if we adopt for organic materials then there are many lighting fixtures made up of eco-friendly materials like cork, recycled paper/glass, bamboos etc. which give an elegant look to the interior of the house. So here are some ways by which we can let the proper amount of light to come in our rooms and adding art elements by this to the interiors.
Correct Direction of windows:
Large windows with thermal curtains to allow required amount of light in the house. Paint the walls with light colors and try to have bedrooms and windows towards north to have less sunlight. Living room and kitchen can be towards south to have bright light by windows.
Thermal Curtains With Large Windows
Perfect light in Living Room
Eco-Friendly Home interior designs lighting fixtures:
These lighting fixtures are inspired by nature. They are made by sustainable materials and provide a different look to the area. LED lights are also in trends and are also environmentally friendly.
Solar Powered LED cubes, which are best to keep in backyards or as showpieces.
LED Tape lights can be used small places like in kitchen cabins, shoe racks to give unique look and are much easy to install and affordable. They are at the same time power efficient.
Light shafts for small areas:
It’s easy to have windows, garden area, and large corridors in big houses but it becomes quite difficult to have enough light in small apartments and congested building areas. So here small green shafts can do the work. It is a small open area left in bathrooms, bedrooms or kitchen so that direct light and some greenery can add.
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Bedroom’s corner space to keep plants and small home stuff.
Open Gallery For Eco-friendly Home Interior Designs
Open Space In Bathrooms
Green Partition (Eco-Friendly Home Interior designs)
Natural Furniture and other elements
We all have synthetic sofas and hard plastic tables, chairs, and many decorative elements made up of synthetic materials. These household items can also be eco-friendly and if you want to have a classical and unique look for your rooms then adopting organic and eco-friendly items would be best.
There are many such ideas where natural woods, leaves, and natural fibers can be used to make furniture, side tables, decorative items, mattresses etc. So there are some ideas to have eco-friendly furniture and other elements of your house.
Living room furniture by natural bamboos
Side table made of sustainable wood
Natural Wall decoration for Eco-friendly Home Interior Designs
Plant vase made up of wooden cork and decorative stone for the showpiece
Natural lighting Diyas made of stones
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