I’ve been thinking more and more of late about how much we fit into our day, how much we consume as individuals and how that impacts our society. Everything in this world is continuing to speed up, and so I believe there is a greater need to slow things down, streamline our lives and our homes and strive for simplicity so that we can effectively manage the complexity around us.
So how do we go about this more conscious way of living especially when renovating or building our home? I think the design trends coming out of the worlds design hubs this year will assist with this. Less is more, and this has been the case for a few years now with the popularity of Scandinavian design where clean lines, few materials, and limited finishes deliver a paired back and humble home. By challenging preconceived ideas about how something needs to look or feel, and working out what’s important to you in your home and what’s not will carry you through your decision making process. Think about what will assist you to live more efficiently and flexibly and reflect these needs through your design choices. Materials, processes, thinking of your future in your home, and making use of every inch of space, no waste allowed will ensure you are building a more conscious home.
Think about your choices in lighting, can you utilise LED lighting throughout? What sustainable materials can you use such as renewable floor coverings like sisal and jute through to insulating your home in the right way. If you make keys decisions with a sustainable lens applied you’ll come away with a huge sense of satisfaction when the build is done and the time comes to move in.