Sustainable Space: Easy bedroom design tips that can help you and the earth.

Design can control lives and lifestyles – the place you live in has great impacts in sustainable living. Here are tips to take note of when planning to renovate your own bedroom into an Eco-friendlier space.

Color matters: light or dark?

I won’t demand you to choose one over the other, after all bedroom spaces are all about personal preference. Light colors are great reflectors of natural light and can help you to save with energy costs in the long run. Choosing light colors for the walls of your bedroom allows almost every part of your room to appear wider and properly lit even without opening the light switch. but don’t let the reflective quality of light-colored walls stop you from choosing a dark colored wall for your bedroom, just make sure to add reflective surfaces like mirrors into spaces of your bedroom that require light – such as your study or tea and coffee break areas. By doing so you allow natural light to bounce off and fill some parts of your room while keeping other parts like your sleeping quarters in a more somber tone.

The material matters: Where is it from? What is it made of?

Organic materials are top picks when choosing materials to be used for an Eco-friendlier space – but it shouldn’t stop there. It is also vital to know where the material is sourced – how is it produced? How long is the growth of its raw product? Choosing renewable, faster to grow materials like bamboo or rattan can go a long way but of course alternative resources especially those nearer to you are better picks – go local. Aside from organic materials, recycled materials are also great alternatives to use, these may be sourced from your own home or from the local junk shop near you.

Looking for a focal point? A plant or an interesting recycled piece goes a long way.

Recycled art pieces can create an interesting addition to your bedroom – this may range from pendant lights to sculpture. Old pieces from your old bedroom is also a great thing to use in your space – consider using or up-scaling old pieces to fit your new bedroom. Use your old bed-frame if it is still usable, here are top mattresses 2019 to pair with it. Plants also act as great focal points for your room – they create a more vibrant interior while cleansing the air.

Think of the future: be flexible

Avoid permanent walls and heavy statement furniture, consider adding character through textile – adding character to a simpler room is easier than removing its previous character.