Sustainable Design Inspiration

Posted by Megan Keisling on Feb 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM


Believe it or not, sustainable design can be both environmentally friendly and beautiful. From using Energy Star appliances, natural materials, or eco-friendly paints, there are numerous sustainable design practices you can put in place when it comes to your home.

Eco-friendly can at times have a negative connotation when it comes to interior design. It's assumed that by using sustainable design options, you have to sacrifice style and beauty. But that's not the case at all.

Just take a look at this sustainably designed mountain home as proof that being environmentally friendly can be beautiful.

The beauty of this mountain home is in its strong sense of style that also incorporates elements from the natural environment. The hardwood floors are made from reclaimed heart pine, and regional stone {SC, NC, TN, GA, KY} was used for the fireplace saving on energy resulting from transportation.


Lighting is an easy way to incorporate sustainability. Using compact fluorescent light bulbs in all your fixtures results in saved energy costs - they often last eight to10 times longer than standard bulbs. Using eco-friendly materials for your countertops, like these natural stone countertops, offers both a natural and beautiful element for a kitchen or bar.


Furnishings are another great way to incorporate natural elements. Using re-claimed or local lumber for furniture pieces, such as a headboard, is a durable furnishing solution that also pays respect and further highlights the natural surroundings of this mountain home.


Using durable and long-lasting materials in your home is a more environmentally effective option, as it prevents new materials being needed down the road which would add to waste and costs. This master bath contains 100% recycled tile that is not only durable but is also re-purposed, which reduces the overall carbon footprint.


Paint is another way to incorporate sustainable practices. All the extra white and deep base paint colors in this home use a low-VOC, low-odor base paint product preserving air quality. The natural wood facades and wood ceiling is another eco-friendly decision that enhances the overall outdoor living feel.


There are several more ways you can create a sustainably designed home. To learn more, download these seven additional practices from our design team. 

7 Sustainable Design Practices

Photos by: Rachael Boling

Topics: sustainable design, tips, interior design

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