Sustainable Interior Design

In celebrating Earth day this past Tuesday, thought it would be appropriate to show ways in how we can incorporate sustainable practices in how we design our homes.  Here are a few things to consider in practicing sustainable interior design:

Location.  It is ideal to be located in a central area close to shops, work and mass transit.  This decreases your dependency on motor vehicles.

Energy Performance Score or Energy Rating.  The Energy Performance Score discloses how much energy the home will consume under normal use.  The score measures energy usage in terms of kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year and tons of carbon used per year.

Insulation and Windows.  Green homes that have a tight building envelope, which consists of exterior walls, floors and roof, creates a barrier that separates the interior and exterior environments with insulation that resists heat flow.   Therefore saving on heating energy.

Energy Star Heating and Air Conditioning.  ENERGY STAR means products that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Having products with this designation significantly reduces cool and heating costs.

Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances. This includes certified Energy Star dishwashers, refrigerators, light bulbs and washer & dryers.

Tankless Water Systems. These systems can heat water without the use of a storage tank.  It is an on-demand system that saves water, energy and money.

Dual-Flush Toilets.  Water Sense toilets provides you with options in selecting the appropriate amount of water for your waste.

Sustainable Materials and Finishes.  There are many viable green and sustainable options available for buildings products and finishes. It is good to practice to use low or no-VOC materials and finishes that are recyclable or made from renewable resources.




TOP 10 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2014 #10 Navy As The New Neutral

Neutral colors like beige, gray and taupe are being replaced by saturated colors like navy and plum.  Navy is now considered the new neutral color choice for interiors due to its ability to blend with other styles and colors.  Here are a few examples in how to incorporate this new neutral into your interiors:


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TOP 10 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2014 #8 Going Beyond Set Aesthetics

2014 is all about breaking out of the norm and creating a broader interpretation of design styles.  The idea is to represent an eclectic array of stylistic influences for there is no longer a need to stick to fixed style categories such as “Modern”, “Rustic”, or “Traditional”.  The goal here is to choose pieces that speak to you and are reflective of your lifestyle and who you are.  Have fun and remember, there is no right or wrong!


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