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February 22, 2019 3 min read

Sustainable Design and Decor: Benefits of Using Natural Materials



Since the beginning of time, the term ‘home’ symbolized a safe and happy place, in a word, sanctuary. However, people rarely think about well-being when designing a home, and they are more concerned about its looks.

While there is nothing wrong with wanting a beautiful interior, it is also important to take into account other factors that could impact your health. Without it, you could end up with a disproportionate amount of synthetic materials, noticeable lack of natural light, and insufficient connection with the outdoors. And that can be bad for your health and mood, and it is not that helpful for the overall look of the house. What can you do about it? You can try using natural materials. Here are some benefits you’ll experience.


You’ll live in a healthier place


Some of the materials used in construction and design can pose a serious health threat. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is used in window frames, wall covering, vinyl tiles, and similar, for example, contains phthalates and dioxins which can obstruct the normal activity of human hormones. Various wood treatments used to prevent rot or affect the look in some way, can result in poisoning and, in long term, cause cancer and heart disease.

Natural materials are the safest option you can find because they do not contain any harmful ingredients, and some studies have shown that they have a positive effect on your mental health as well.


You’ll support sustainability

Sustainability has become quite a huge thing these days, and there are many good reasons behind it. After all, haven’t we done enough harm to this planet already? By buying locally produced materials or repurposing used ones, you are doing one for the Mother Earth. Or if you prefer the more direct perks, you are doing your wallet a favor.

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Reclaimed and recycled materials can often be acquired on a shoestring budget. You’d be surprised how many fantastic things of superior quality compared to mass-produced goods you can find on flea markets and thrift stores.


You’ll get durability and quality

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The quality of natural materials tends to be way above the synthetic ones. Sometimes that comes at a price, but the longevity of natural wood, for example, justifies the price when compared to laminate. Even if, after a long period of time, the natural material shows signs of wear and tear, it does so with a certain stylishness, and still looks much better than any artificially produced material.

This doesn’t apply exclusively on flooring, furniture, and other major investments, but also for smaller design items like curtains and bedding. When comparing synthetic textiles like polyester, which is affordable but scratchy and stiff (and could possibly emit toxins) and natural materials like flannel, cotton, and wool, it is obvious which gets the house cup. We could even dare to say that wool is one of the best materials to have in your home because it can be used for everything from carpets to blankets.


The style to go with all styles

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In the intro, we’ve mentioned how people often prioritize looks when designing their homes. Well, if good looks are what you are looking for, look no further than natural materials. Because they are always present everywhere around us, natural materials never go out of fashion. They are versatile and they give away a timeless luxury unparalleled with any other design fad, such as, for example, translucent plastic chairs.

Thanks to creative designers and manufacturers, we have natural-made design elements that go well with every style, regardless whether we are talking about rustic or Scandinavian. Sisal and jute rugs are no longer pieces meant exclusively for the entryway, but they now elevate the style of lounges and bedrooms. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of tones which can complement both modern and traditional homes.

To sum it up, there is really no downside in using natural materials in your home. You will get the stylish appearance everyone is aiming to have in their house. You will be able to personalize it to the max. You will make the space you and your family are living in a healthier and happier place. And last, but not the least, you will contribute to the ongoing battle for the longevity of this planet, which is, after all, a home to us all.

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