Part 3: Vintage
Want to help safeguard the future and look good too? Incorporating vintage pieces in your home is the most kind-to-the-planet way to create individual spaces without the guilt of bringing new pieces into circulation in an already over-crowded planet. Whether it's Bohemian Chic or Mid-Century classics, there are so many ways to bring Vintage into any interior design scheme. Pieces can be found at flea markets, car boot sales or good old Ebay. Then there specialist dealers such as HOMV, fun stores such as RE and calm laid back Eco style at Baileys.
Maybe you're fortunate enough to already have heirloom pieces but aren't sure how to incorporate them into your home. In which case do call or message us for a free chat about your interior dreams which we will help you achieve.
Part 2: Kitchens
When we design kitchens at The Open Plan our overriding thought is how eco can we make this project. Recently we have installed a number of kitchens with admirable eco credentials. We want to share the three easy ways to insure that your big investment is also making an ecological difference too.
1. Ditch the Plastic
Wooden kitchens ensure that no plastic enters your home and they can be repainted when you fancy a re-fresh, unlike plastic kitchens which can date quickly. Then consider wood or tile worktops as alternatives to unsustainable and unethical stone mined in far-flung countries. Wood has inherent anti-bacterial properties and can be re-sanded and oiled to erase years of use and UK and European ceramic and porcelain tops are much more harder wearing and easier to clean than natural stone too.
Should you want to avoid a massive renovation project, and have a "good-bones" yet dated kitchen, consider changing the worktops and fronts. Companies like Naked and Plykea have some gorgeous options. When changing tops you could also install gorgeous terrazzo made from reclaimed stone and glass. Finally consider using freestanding, vintage pieces such as sideboards, wall cupboards and dressers to add mis-matched interest to the room.
3. Made in the UK
Choose a kitchen company that designs, sources materials sustainably and makes its kitchens in the UK? This will mean that as little as zero sea and air miles are accumulated. Plain English Design and Yorkshire Pine Factory can advise you on their FSC timbers and European worktops. Proximity is key.
Contact Us to find out more and let us assist you with your eco interior design project.
Part 1: Eco Paint
In interior design a lot of the process involves replacing or renewing which is not always good for the planet. So for an easy way to boost our eco credentials we can instantly start using more planet friendly paint. All of these companies produce beautiful, hard-wearing shades with none of the nasty chemicals found in most other brands. Do nip over to their websites to see the beautiful colours and finishes they stock.
And Contact Us should you need a little more guidance with your renovations
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