The New Year has set its roots now for 3 days. Most of us have mentally prepared a checklist of things we want to accomplish this year. As an interior designer I want to be aware of new trends in the upcoming year, so I submerge myself in new design ideas, upcoming color movements, state of the art innovations, and just about anything “new” that will keep my designs on the cutting edge.
One trend that will never fade out and I can always be at ease with its steadfastness, is sustainable design. Our earth is screaming to be utilized with proper care, re-purposing of materials, and an awareness that makes us more conscious of its fragility.
Space planning is becoming a hotter topic this year as we work diligently to rebuild broken communities that have fallen to Mother Nature’s tragedies. Maximizing every inch of space in a home can utilize a smaller footprint, therefore less materials. Just look at what can be done with 280 square feet. This overhauled interior of a tiny fishing cottage includes every amenity.
I realize that small footprints like that are not quite ideal for most, but turning our thoughts to and being aware of wasted space is…and can directly impact our environment. Think about using multipurpose pieces like an ottoman that doubles as storage, or a daybed that works as a cozy seating area during the day and doubles as a bed at night for unexpected guests. Adding shelves above doorways and above headboards can add loads of space for books and accessories without a footprint on the floor.
Think about different ideas for using space in unexpected places like under a staircase. This bookcase adds great storage and this reading nook really defines the meaning of cozy. Or nestle a small office or homework alcove.
Do your research when looking for an architect or designer. See if he/she utilizes space planning in an economical way. Ask how they feel about the environment and pay attention to the products they spec in a room or project. Please do your due diligence on playing a part in keeping Mother Earth thriving. She is our heartbeat. Keep Her green…One product at a time. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org