Health Conscious Interior Designs – Trend 2014. The materials which are used in building, decorating and furnishing the home are an issue which is being addressed by architects and interior designers.
Designing a home with the environment and the well-being of the people in mind is called sustainable designing. Health conscious interior designs means that paints, upholstery, insulation, wood stain and other synthetic materials used in the home which cause hypoallergenic reactions and possible serious health problems are being replaced with those which don’t have such negative side effects.
Alternatives to these potentially unhealthy materials are always available, it’s just a matter of sourcing them at a price which clients are willing to pay. It may be a matter of selling the potentially significant health benefits of these materials to help overcome the potential cost increase; the winning strategy to win their approval. It’s just like the concept: If you have never had a heart attack, eat and live as though you have had one, to prevent (or at least reduce the risk) that problem from occurring.
Health conscious living room with energy efficient windows
One of the best ways to use health conscious interior design and improve the health of our homes is to remove sources of indoor air pollution. Interior designers offer specialized knowledge of interiors materials and FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) that promote good indoor air quality, are toxin-free, and are water/energy-efficient.
If you are really aiming to achieve an interior that is good for the environment, you have to do away with plastic, particle board and chromed metal.Choose materials and products that release the fewest possible pollutants – use solid wood or bamboo furniture. It is often more expensive than pressed-wood products, it is also generally higher-quality and won’t need to be replaced in a few years.
Solid wood dining room furniture
If you’re considering a wood piece, check carefully to make sure it is solid wood. Many manufacturers save on production by constructing the front from solid wood and the back, sides, shelves and drawer bottoms of particle board or plywood. Ideally, you need furniture with low-VOC water-based or wax finishes.
If you want to have health conscious interior design, you should choose products with low VOC content. VOC means ‘volatile organic compounds’ that are harmful to the health. These can be seen from paints, household products, furniture, carpets and others.
Choose also eco-friendly wall coverings. Use wall coverings like wallpapers to cover your walls. Or you might want to use wood panels, cork or ceramic tiles that are all eco-friendly and match with health conscious interior designs. You can use stone for your flooring like marble. You may also try using wooden parquet or laminated flooring which can be good for the homeowners. Apart from an eco-friendly ambience, it can also add more appeal to the home’s interior.
Organic bedding from West Elm
Use wool-stuffed organic materials for your mattresses, pillows, carpets and beddings. For your health conscious interior design chooseenergy efficient windows and lighting. These windows that are lined with special coatings to reflect heat and give insulation. This will keep you home warm especially on cold seasons. It can also help you save money because you won’t need to use your cooling or heating equipments. Using a compact fluorescent light can help you save energy and electrical power. It can also prevent emission of greenhouse gasses and pollutants which can be harmful to your health and the environment
In the same vein, architects are looking to cut down on the hypoallergenic and prospective carcinogenic materials, a interior design trend which we’ll see in 2014.