With summer in full swing and a determined progression back to post-pandemic normality, there’s no doubt that we’re socialising more and more. And, with home entertaining still a primary focus, 2022 is the perfect time to embrace the hottest new (and entirely necessary) sustainability trends and give our sitting rooms a makeover. Here’s our guide to creating something that will inspire you, nurture your souls and infuse your spaces with style - because conscious living definitely doesn’t mean dull.
A splash of paint
All design gurus will tell you that a fresh coat of paint is the most effective way to change up a room. And with this year’s gorgeous palette of sage, forest and minty greens, warm neutrals, oceanic blues, shades of grey and rich terracotta, there’s choice aplenty. But remember to keep things clean by using products that contain casein, a natural binder, rather than harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Add ambience to your living space with glamorous lighting, making sure you opt for LEDs wherever possible. To save on energy, take advantage of natural light sources like windows and skylights and splash out on some double-glazing to keep the heat in during the colder months.
An investment sofa
Longevity is a vital part of sustainability, so it’s worth investing in a timeless, high-quality sofa that will last. Modular units are ideal as you can add to them or replace damaged sections without it affecting the whole set. Look for something that is functional, opulent and comfortable and really fall in love with it – impulsive, trend-based buying will only create a constant need to upgrade.
For all home décor choices, ensure the manufacturers subscribe to responsible production practices like using biodegradable, water-based finishes and wood sourced from forests that are continuously replenished. You’ll find plenty of eco-friendly luxury sofa options at FCI London from brands that focus on sustainability.
A touch of vintage
Mixing modern furnishings with pre-used, vintage pieces is all the rage, so change things up a bit by frequenting reputable antiques stores and markets and hunting down Chippendale side tables, a stylish Art Deco chair or a Victorian footstool. You’re sure to pick up some real gems at bargain prices, and repurposing is a wonderful way to mitigate waste.
Accessories will tie your whole look together and give you the opportunity to add some creative flair, so integrate different textures and colours with beautiful rugs, cushions and throws. But instead of sourcing items made from leather, suede or fur, find plant-based or synthetic alternatives. Bamboo, linen, cotton and jute are all eco-friendly and will enhance your clean-living manifesto.
Infusing your living space with shrubbery is a wonderful way to connect with nature, purify the air, add elegance and enhance your general state of health and wellbeing. It’s also a focal point of modern design. So, aside from bringing in beautiful planters filled with peace lilies, dragon trees and yuccas, incorporate floral wallpapers, leaf-print drapes and artworks that celebrate your favourite characteristics of the great outdoors.
There are many other things you can do to live organically from expensive endeavours like installing solar panels to basic, everyday practices like recycling and composting. So let’s protect our planet together by starting with our own homes.