Trends come and go fast in home building, but if there’s one trend that is likely to stay in the coming years, it’s the push towards sustainability. Gone are massive chandeliers and grandiose furniture and appliances – the modern home is one that is thoughtfully built, where even the very materials used in construction have minimal impact on the environment.
If you want to live more sustainably but can’t commit to building a 100% green home just yet, you can start by following these trends:
As you can tell by the name, living walls, also referred to as green walls, are walls with plants and other living vegetation like grass and flowers. Not only can they transform a tired, vertical space, but they can also improve air quality by filtering toxins out of the air, making them ideal for modern, eco-friendly spaces.
They’re aesthetically pleasing, too, and you can play around with the texture, shape, form, and colour of foliage. You have the option to select perennials for year-round interest, or use bedding that you can change depending on the seasons. If you want plants that can thrive in the shade, flowers like Campanula, Vinca, and Viola are ideal. Alternatively, if you want plants for the sun, Fuchsia, Petunia, and Impatiens are great picks. But if you want edible plants, you can’t go wrong with strawberries, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Prefab homes aren’t new, but they’ve been gaining traction in recent years due to how environmentally friendly they are. A Medium article notes that these factory-manufactured units accelerate your journey to homeownership, as they are made under stringent guidelines and produce considerably less on-site waste.
The entire building process can also be done in substantially less time than conventional structures, minimising adverse environmental effects often caused by the typical construction site. It’s also worth noting that prefab houses use green raw materials like non-toxic, Formaldehyde-free, low-VOC elements, especially for paints at all construction stages. These low-VOC substances keep the occupants of the home protected against the harmful effects of off-gassing, a process that involves the release of toxic organic elements from manufactured products.
There’s a common misconception that smart homes are far from being environmentally-friendly due to the sheer number of devices connected inside, but they actually have the capacity to facilitate energy conservation.
A HomeServe Living feature on smart homes highlights that smart home accessories have the capability to be monitored and operated remotely, and even have features like automated switches to save energy and increase safety when you forget to turn them off. Most smart devices also regulate appliances and lights to minimise the amount of electricity they consume, saving you from paying high energy bills and of course, cutting down on your energy use.
Most people only view minimalism from a design point of view, but people don’t realise that it’s also a real eco-friendly choice. As seen on Little House, when your home is not littered with unnecessary clutter, and when you don’t make impulsive purchases on interior items that you won’t get to maximise, you’re also inadvertently opting for conscious consumption.
Of course, minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to settle for bare walls and a single bed. The practice is all about buying only what you need and minimising single-use purchases to live sustainably. It would help if you thought about the purpose of items before you decide to buy them, and consider where they will go after they serve you.