Be inspired by nature when designing your home. Nature provides us with beautiful colours, textures and themes, and inspires products that you use in your home every day. We’ve put together 7 ideas – from earth-conscious products and nature-inspired design to energy saving options – that will ensure you keep nature in mind as you’re designing your space.
1. Nature’s Fibers
Did you know you can make rugs out of natural fibers extracted from plants? Two of the most popular natural fibers include jute and sisal. Jute rugs have a soft texture and are great for bedrooms. Sisal rugs have a bright, organic appearance and are super durable, so you can place them in high-traffic areas. The colour and texture of natural rugs can provide instant warmth to a room. Not only are natural rugs an earth-friendly option, they are also more affordable than you think!
2. Environmentally-Friendly Paint
A fresh coat of paint never fails to refresh a room. Australian-owned, eColour’s paint range offers exactly what you want – beautiful colour, lasting durability, and great washability – with none of the nasty stuff. eColour paint uses breakthrough technology to manufacture premium quality water based paint that is 100% free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which means the paint is safe to use around the chemically sensitive, asthma sufferers, pregnant women, children, pets and you. It is completely non-toxic.
3. Insulated Window Treatments
If you’ve got a tight budget when it comes to updating a room, window treatments are a great option to consider. A benefit of new window treatments is that they can save you money by insulating your home in the winter and keeping the heat out in the summer. One of our favourite nature-inspired window treatment options is Mantra Roman blinds in Seagrass. These are the perfect alternative to the traditional window blind, lending a relaxed, organic ambience to your living spaces.
4. Renew with Bamboo
Bamboo is an incredible renewable resource that can be replenished faster than trees. Bamboo can be used for many different things such as fabrics, furniture, and other accessories. Bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular flooring option too. It has similar properties to hardwood, except bamboo is a type of grass – not actually a tree. Check out Carpet One Floor & Home’s Voyager Collection for some great unique and sustainable flooring options.
5. Energy-Efficient Updates
Energy-efficient appliances are becoming more popular than ever and for good reason too. When making major updates in your home, make sure you select products that feature a good energy rating. Visit www.energyrating.gov.au to find out more about energy ratings and to view a complete product list. Choosing products that are energy-efficient can also help you save up to a third on your energy costs.
6. Natural Cleaning
Make your chores earth-friendly by choosing home-made cleaners or more environmentally friendly cleaning products. Labels can be misleading, and it can be hard to know whether products are actually environmentally friendly by their label alone. GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) is a not for profit organisation that provides certification for environmentally friendly products and services. Visit GECA and use their product-finder to find certified cleaning products that are better for the environment.
7. Wonders of Wool
Speaking of natural fibers, wool is a sustainable fiber that features several properties that makes it perfect for homes. Wool has amazing insulation properties and is durable, giving it the ability to handle an active home. Wool can be used in an assortment of home products ranging from carpets, pillows, blankets, and even cleaning products. Explore our Just Shorn wool carpet collection for some eco-inspiration.