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  • Writer's pictureSusan Van Meter

A change for the better - SVM shares 7 tips to create your sustainable interior project. 

Buying or building your new home, considering some changes for the better

for you and the planet? 

At SVM we understand that creating a sustainable interior refurb is beneficial for the environment and for the health and well-being of the occupants. You can reduce your carbon footprint and create a healthier living space by incorporating eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and sustainable design practices. As this subject is close to our heart, we wanted to share our experience and knowledge with you and pass on our 7 tips to create your sustainable interior project.


1. Choose Eco-Friendly Materials:

Opt for sustainable and environmentally friendly materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, cork, and recycled glass for flooring, furniture, and finishes. These materials are renewable, non-toxic, and have a lower environmental impact compared to traditional materials. Look for certifications such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and Cradle to Cradle to ensure the materials meet sustainability standards.

2. Energy-Efficient Lighting:

All bulbs should be energy-efficient LED bulbs with smart lighting systems if within budget, to reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. Natural lighting is also key in sustainable design, so maximize natural light through well-placed windows, skylights, and light tunnels to reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.

3. Insulation and Energy-Efficient Heat Pump Systems:

Invest in proper insulation for walls, floors, and roofs to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient ground or air source heat pump systems if possible with programmable thermostats and high-efficiency filters to maintain indoor comfort while minimizing energy usage.

4. Water Conservation:

Incorporate water-saving fixtures such as low-flow toilets, taps and showerheads to reduce water consumption and minimize water wastage. Consider installing a greywater recycling system to reuse water from sinks and showers for irrigation or flushing toilets. This might be a big ask and impossible if living in an apartment. 

5. Indoor Air Quality:

Prioritise indoor air quality by using non-toxic, low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, adhesives, and finishes to minimise off-gassing and improve indoor air quality. Incorporate natural ventilation systems, air purifiers, and indoor plants to enhance air circulation and filtration.

6. Sustainable Furniture and Decor:

Choose furniture and decor made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo, rattan, and recycled materials. At SVM we design bespoke sustainable pieces at economical prices to create the perfect effect for any room. Consider sourcing vintage furniture to reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of production. More luxury brands are adopting sustainable materials as their end users are now driving this focus. 

7. Waste Management and Recycling:

Implement a waste management plan during the refurbishment process to minimise construction waste and recycle materials whenever possible. Donate usable items to charity or resale shops and recycle construction debris to divert waste from landfills. Look out for these accreditations when buying materials or products to identify 'green' companies.

By incorporating these sustainable design principles and practices into your interior refurbishment project, you can create a more environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, and healthy living space that benefits both the planet and its inhabitants. Remember that sustainable no longer means bland or expensive. With our love and knowledge of all things Green & Glam, you can benefit from all of the above and still have the home of your dreams.

Are you considering a refurb or a new build project? If you would like our help, contact Susan for a free consultation.........

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