Monday, 12 March 2012

Eco Friendly Interior Design

It is great to see more people investing in good materials that not only last longer but are also less wasteful. LED lighting, stone and concrete surfaces, solid wood floors, linoleum and well crafted furniture - these are some of the more expanding areas that prove that our throw away mentality is shifting. Where once interior design was almost of a disposable nature- people are taking a good look at better materials and spending more. Sustainability in Design

It's no secret I am a lover of Farrow and Ball paints. The intensity of colour and the coverage of their paints is excellent.

But I have just been introduced to New Life Paints . This relatively new and progressive company reprocess waste water based paints back to a high quality grade emulsion which is suitable for interior and exterior use.

Using anywhere between 50 -90% of waste paint, they are currently saving around 100 tonnes of waste paint from ending up as landfill each year.
With 32 colours and a full colour matching service, they are definitely worth checking out. Matt, vinyl, exterior and also specialist paints available. These guys have really got your walls covered!

Certainly it makes sense not to throw out a sofa or chair you like, but whose fabric could do with a change. However it isn't true that all sofa frames are worth reupholstering. Many of the cheaper models might as well be chopped up. But if you are happy with your solid piece then  A Little Furniture Shop based in Shropshire will  refurbish it. I know for a fact this  little Art Deco sofa nearly ended up as landfill till it was lovingly restored using a Romo fabric.

FearsandKahn have for sale this pair of matching 1960's teak cabinets.

 Vintage furniture, modern classics- call it what you will. Their site hosts an array of  furniture and accessories that are fun and stylish.

Best of all, a new generation of people are able to enjoy them.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- anyone want to gold paint their old toys into a lamp base?

WebEcoist  have some tremendous ideas, including a plastic spoon chandelier.

So apart from investing in good materials that will last longer and be energy efficient, being creative with what you already own, rather than throwing things out is positive for the environment too.

Recycled galvanised plates.

Loving the Mason Jar lights via Patti Carden.

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