How to Make Your Home Elegant and Environmentally Friendly Posted on April 2, 2018 by Jessica Love Green living is more than a fad. It is a conscious way of existing that more and more people are embracing every day. For those who have been researching and implementing environmentally friendly elements to their homes for years, green living is essentially second nature to them. But for those who are in the process of becoming more ecological, it can be difficult to know where to start. That is why at Urbane Design our Austin Interior Designers are fully trained and informed about environmentally friendly living. They know which green design elements will have the greatest impact, which are the most cost friendly to implement, and how to create a space with environmental consequences in mind. We understand that clients are looking for full service interior design companies who not only have a talent for creating modern, inspired and appealing spaces, but who are also aware of the footprint they are leaving behind on the world. What better place to be an eco-friendly interior design agency than in America’s greenest city? So, how can citizens of Austin (and folks from every corner of the country) make their homes more eco-conscious? Here are our top tips for making your living space greener: BRING THE OUTDOORS IN We recently wrote about bringing plants and living elements into commercial offices and business spaces. This same idea can be implemented in residential spaces too! Bringing greenery into your home is an excellent interior design strategy for making your home more eco-friendly. Leading health care site Healthline states that having plants in your home boosts your mood, cleanses the air and even lowers your risk of developing an illness. Our Austin interior designers would be thrilled to help you bring more plant life into your home with an eco-friendly design plan. MAXIMIZE YOUR NATURAL LIGHT If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, relying on natural lighting more frequently is a fantastic place to start. The nuclear plants and coal mines that are used to generate electricity release high amounts of greenhouse gases, release pollution into our bodies of water, and have lasting impacts on our ecosystems. While going completely off-the-grid is an unrealistic idea for many families, reducing the amount of electricity you use (even by a small fraction) makes a difference. As one of the premiere interior design companies in Austin, our team at Urbane Design can help you make the most of the natural light available to you. Whether it is installing a skylight to bring more daylight into your space, strategically placing and sizing your windows, or using mirrors to reflect more rays to areas of your home that don’t receive as much direct sunlight, we can make sure your home relies less on artificial sources that run up your bills and harm the environment. USE RECLAIMED FURNITURE Nothing is better for the environment than reducing the amount of items that end up in landfills. Recycling and reusing furniture pieces or creating furniture pieces out of scrap materials is a genius way to do just that! Our super skilled Austin interior designers know where to look to find reclaimed furniture that has been modernized. We will bring in pieces that are long-lasting, functional and versatile. Reclaimed wood is often taken from boats, barns, and demolished buildings, meaning the wood has already been treated. This eliminates the need for the wood to be chemically treated again, a process that is toxic for the environment! Just think about how satisfying it would be to lay your coffee down on a table that was once a pier or a shipping crate. Not only would you feel great about reducing pollution, but it also makes for a great conversation topic with guests! Whether you are new to Austin or simply moving into a new living space, our team of seasoned interior designers are happy to help bring your vision to life. Want more interior design tips and tricks? Follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook today for all our latest updates!