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How to embrace sustainable interiors

If you want to create a more eco friendly and stylish space, stylist Justine Wilson has some top tricks and tips.

Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors says, “We are seeing the biggest shift to sustainable interior styling in history, and it’s something to get excited about. It’s great to see everyone being so eco-conscious and caring so much about our beautiful planet earth.”

Justine’s top sustainable interiors styling trends and must-haves include:

LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS

Bring warmth into your interiors with layers instead of electricity! Invest in some good quality, ethically made heavy bed linen, throws, rugs and thick curtains.

KEEP THE HEAT IN

As we approach the cooler months of the year, installing shutters can help keep the heat in rather than using the heater.

RE-LOVED FURNITURE

It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do to a piece of furniture. The biggest trend is to pick up a second-hand wooden item, give it a gentle sand, and then spray paint or paint in a neutral or bold colour. This will give the piece a new lease on life, rather than sending it to waste. Another easy trick is to paint old frames and candle stocks – choose a pop trend colour like blush or plum and refinish these dated items for a trendy new look.

RECYCLED GLASS BOTTLE WINDOWS AND COUNTER TOPS

Glass bottle buildings have always been popular but try recycling glass to make new windows or even compacting the glass to make beautiful counter tops. You can create pretty stain glass windows two with recycle glass.

RE-USING EARTH MATERIALS TO BUILD HOMES

If you’re building a home, build with free earth materials. People are increasingly looking to make houses out of straw bricks and mud render, and even recycled glass bottles. Completely eco-friendly housing using old methods like straw roofs and dirt floors is becoming a big trend, especially in remote or rural areas.

REPURPOSED STONE

Stone is another material that people should consider repurposing. Sandstone offcuts are being used for retaining walls, feature fireplaces or to create garden bed designs. Designers are also introducing interesting elements into laid concrete floors, such as glass offcuts, pebbles and other interesting items such as bottle tops or found objects to create funky eclectic floors.

Colours of Autumn

It’s time to say goodbye to summer styling, and welcome some warm and cozy touches to your home. Look no further than Mother Nature when it comes to inspiration.

The beautiful falling leaves in red, yellow and orange can warm up your home. Rich colours, cozy textures and bold patterns all work well in the colder months too.

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