As most of us are looking for lifestyles which embrace sustainability, one you might consider is the slow interiors movement.
Nick Acaster from Rugs Direct offers his tips for nailing slow interiors.
Although it resonates closely with today’s environmental issues, the slow movement actually originated in 1986. With a focus on slowing down life’s pace and savouring time, it’s all about choosing to surround yourself with quality pieces. In other words, the slow movement rejects throwaway culture.
This way of living is beneficial to our wellbeing, as it negates the pressure to keep up with the latest trends. It can also be implemented in many aspects of everyday life. Below, Nick explains four ways you can implement slow interiors into your home.
Choose timeless designs
Look for timeless pieces that will work just as well in your home in a decade’s time as they do right now. That means sticking to traditional, classical furniture without faddy features or overwhelming patterns. Neutral, natural-looking colours like brown, beige, and grey are best for this. However, if you like a more luxe effect you can complement these with jewel toned soft furnishings like emerald green, mustard yellow, and ruby red.
Focus on durability
The next step is to make sure your interiors can stand the test of time. If you buy durable furniture, you won’t have to replace it as often, so stick to solid hardwoods and metals. Then, use rugs and throws to protect your surfaces and help them last longer. Make sure you buy your pieces from a reputable seller or manufacturer to make sure your pieces are made to a high quality and will last.
Try upcycling old furniture
You can begin to buy less and throw away less if you’re willing to upcycle your old items. Upcycling includes refurbishing old or broken furniture to give it a new lease of life and can be a lot cheaper and environmentally friendly than disposing of it and buying something new. Try sanding down and repainting wooden furniture, for example, or re-upholstering sofas and armchairs.
Look for natural and eco-friendly materials
Natural fibres like cotton should also indicate they have been fairly traded and organic. Wooden items need to be sustainably sourced to prevent deforestation. Other slow options include furniture made from recycled materials, especially metal and plastic, as well as vegan alternatives.