The climate crisis is mounting over all of us and the world of interior design is focusing on sustainability this year. It is the least we can do to protect the Earth. We have seen a lot of people change their preferences towards sustainable products in their homes. There is a lot of emphasis on reuse, reduce and recycle which has given birth to the idea of minimalism and DIY upgrades. There is a growing demand for vintage pieces and reclaimed materials. Eco-friendly is not only a theme you must consider but it is also a concept of sustainability that goes much beyond and includes rustic and labour. Here are some of the top sustainable design trends that will bring a brighter tomorrow for all of us. 

1. Commitment towards recycling

There will be a rise in the use of recycled materials for buildings, interiors, and products. It is the best way for designers to become transparent about their commitment towards sourcing ethically. With the number of stories about global waste polluting the air, water, and land, people are on the lookout for alternative ways to reduce their contribution to the extraction of materials. There are several brands that create recycled textiles and materials that can save fabrics from landfill fates and give them new life. 

2. DIY upgrades

2021 will see the revival of upgrading the used furniture through new skills. This will help make the furniture sustainable. The experts at Bouclair believe there will be a rise in DIY woodwork, upholstery, and more. With the rise in renovation projects, the supply chain is slow and this has led to a rise in DIY upgrades. It is an economical and faster way to evaluate the items you already own or can buy used. It is a wonderful way to upgrade home decor through DIY. You can develop creativity and bring a change to your home. These skills can do a lot of good to the planet.

3. Equitable architecture

Over the next two years, there will be equitable, human-centered architecture that will take the center stage and this means the future of construction will be equal with regard to gender, race, and disability. There will be a transition and we will see restrictions on members from creating spaces of torture, execution, or chambers that are used against Brown and Black people. It is a simple instance and there could be many more. Any design that helps dismantle injustices will be seen in the coming years. Industries are now realising how they contribute to the suffering of the marginalised and this will be seen in the architectural design in the coming year.

4. Healthy materials

There is growing awareness about the toxicity of the building products that are used and people are working towards raising awareness about it and developing healthier options. People are becoming conscious about the impact on the environment on our health and this is why homeowners are looking for healthy materials for structures and interiors. We have seen vinyl flooring being replaced by Marmoleum and linoleum. Further, carpet companies have started to reduce the use of water and stain-repellent chemicals. 2021 will see a return to materials that originate from nature and there will be nutrition labels on the materials to decide if they have any harmful chemicals.

5. Minimalism

We are hearing a lot about minimalism for the past year. A minimalist lifestyle is a mindset and there will be a lot of communities adopting the same in the coming years. It is an idea where the society accepts a certain pattern of consumption that is rooted in a set of core values that bring a simpler lifestyle. We can do a lot more with less and this belief is here to stay.

6. Timeless looks

There has been a lot of emphasis on our style and developing one for the home. Whether it is the renovation or buying furniture that you love, people are thinking more long-term and are looking at designs and products that last for a few years down the line. It is also about being more aware of the ecological and economic implications of purchase. We will see people buying a few but high-quality pieces.

The coming year will mean that fast furniture pieces will be out and we will see people making conscious decisions about the way they decorate the home. Whether it is buying a new home or working around a place you own, the decisions will be based keeping sustainability in mind. There will be a transformation in the way people look at their homes and the impact of their purchases. It will lead to well-thought-out, long-term decisions that will benefit the environment.


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