Sustainable home design is no longer just a trend; it’s becoming the standard. Designers and builders are constantly finding innovative ways to make homes more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Here are seven sustainable design trends that can help you create a chic and eco-friendly home, according to Kerrie Kelly, Former American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) National Board Chair, creative director for Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, and Wendy Glaister, NKBA, IDS, ASID, owner of Wendy Glaister Interiors who shared their expertise in Martha Stewart Living.

1. Biophilic Design

Biophilic design connects your home with nature. This trend involves integrating natural elements like living walls, indoor plants, and lots of natural light. “Using materials like bamboo, cork, and wood enhances your home’s aesthetics while promoting a healthier environment,” says Kerrie Kelly, creative director of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.

2. Sustainable Materials

Sustainable materials are essential for eco-friendly homes. “Textiles like organic cotton, wool, and recycled fabrics are popular for upholstery, curtains, and bedding due to their low environmental footprint,” says designer Wendy Glaister. Reclaimed wood, bamboo flooring, recycled glass countertops, and eco-friendly paints not only reduce environmental impact but also add unique character to your space.

3. Smart Window Coverings

Maximise natural light with smart window coverings. “These coverings can be controlled remotely or with sensors, adjusting based on the time of day, season, and occupancy to optimise natural light and shading,” explains Kelly. This reduces the need for artificial lighting and helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, lowering energy consumption and your electric bill.

7 design trends that will make your home more sustainable


4. Adaptive Reuse

Instead of building new structures, repurpose older ones. “Adaptive reuse involves using existing materials to build modern homes, which is both practical and emotionally rewarding,” says Glaister. This approach saves on construction costs and preserves the history and character of the space.

5. Passive Design Strategies

Passive design techniques maximise natural heating, cooling, and ventilation. “Strategies like proper insulation, efficient window placement, and strategic orientation reduce reliance on mechanical systems and minimise energy consumption,” Kelly notes. These small changes can significantly enhance sustainability and aesthetics.

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6. Low-VOC and Natural Paints

Choose low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) and natural paints to improve indoor air quality. “Low-VOC paints are less harmful to the environment and your health compared to traditional paints,” Glaister explains. These eco-friendly options are becoming more common and are a simple way to make your home healthier.

7. Water Conservation Features

Conserving water is crucial for sustainability. “Incorporate water-saving fixtures like low-flow faucets and toilets, rainwater harvesting systems, drought-tolerant landscaping, and permeable surfaces,” suggests Kelly. These features help conserve water resources and reduce water bills.

7 design trends that will make your home more sustainable


By embracing these design trends, you can make your home more sustainable, stylish, and comfortable. Small changes can lead to big improvements in both your living space and the environment.

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