Beauty and Sustainability: How to Tastefully Combine Luxury and Eco-Friendliness
Luxury doesn’t always mean glam and glitz. Luxury in modern design involves eco-friendliness and sustainability for the most part. With that in mind, it’s not that difficult to combine luxury and eco-friendliness, as the two notions are no strangers anymore. Beauty and sustainability go hand in hand together, and it’s all about finding the right way (and budget) to incorporate them into your personal environment – both indoor and outdoor.
Replace all your lighting for a start
If you want to start slowly but surely, turn to your lighting first. In general, replacing all of your bulbs with LED ones won’t cost you an arm and a leg. However, doing so will definitely add to the sustainability and eco-friendliness of your home, as LED lights last a lot longer yet use a lot less energy.
What’s more, the luminous light that LED bulbs emit can be found in various forms and lighting solutions to help you create the warm and luxurious feel you’d want in your home. Of course, LEDs are perfect for the outdoors as well. You can also install light motion sensors so that you’re sure your lights will turn off when there’s no one around – and scare the shady bunch at the same time, too.
Luxury comes with smart energy-efficient upgrades
Aside from the lighting, there are additional ways to boost your home’s sustainability, and, at the same time, add a luxe touch to the whole place.
A great way to start is to improve insulation by using eco-friendly materials such as:
- Sheep’s wool
Multi-pane windows are also a nice solution in your mix of beauty and sustainability; not to mention that they will pay themselves off after just a few years.
Obviously, star-rated appliances are a must when it comes to energy-efficiency and thanks to their modern design and functionality, they will definitely satisfy everyone’s high-end needs.
Beautify your interior with sustainability
If possible, redesigning your home with an open floor plan in mind is both beautiful and sustainable. This trend allows you to utilize the space more and add to the flow of your layout and air circulation, which is very important for your goal.
Of course, luxury and eco-friendliness can be found in details as well. For starters, get rid of clutter. Furthermore, choose items that will strikingly showcase your personal taste. With that in mind, you can pick among vintage Moroccan rugs for a statement piece in your home and get your hands on designer plant pots for your greenery.
Organic cotton and wool are also great fabric options for your sheets, cushions, covers, etc. Of course, let as much natural light in as possible.
Green up the place
An obvious solution for an eco-friendly but a trendy home is plenty of greenery.
For the glam touch:
- Choose tall plants with luscious leaves for the indoors as well as green walls if that works for your particular space.
- Make sure that you tend to your outdoor garden as well, with a nice patio and garden path.
- Make sure they are made of sustainable material with monochromatic or two-color flowers for an added luxurious feel if that sounds like something you’d enjoy.
After all, flowers that match your house design have been a huge trend in recent years. If you’re interested in going hardcore on combining luxury and eco-friendliness greenery-wise, installing green roofs is definitely a way to go.
Use sustainable building materials
You may want to redesign your home from scratch and in that case, you should use sustainable building materials. These may be an investment at first, but whatever choice you make, you can be sure of its eco-friendliness, durability and fashionable looks.
Are definitely top-notch green choices available:
- Reclaimed wood
But there are also:
- Recycled glass
- Travertine tile, etc.
In the end, what you’ll end up opting for depends on your aesthetic preferences.
For those of you interested in going all out, you can also install solar panels, a tankless water heater or a high-efficiency pump, and/or a high-efficiency heating system. The options are out there – environmental awareness has truly become the priority in design today, which makes it rather attractive when it comes to luxurious appearance as well.