The increasingly conscious effort people are putting in to become more sustainable has increased the popularity of durable, long-lasting items rather than following ‘fast fashion’ trends. More thought, more than ever before is being put in when purchasing goods due to the raised awareness of how certain materials are negatively impacting the environment such as plastic in the oceans, damaging sea life. Furthermore, many people are starting to follow the less is more approach, especially in their home. Being minimalistic creates a more relaxed environment as cluttered space can subconsciously cause you stress. Living in a fast-paced society increases the need to have a relaxed setting in your home as you need to have a place where you can unwind in the evenings.
Vintage and Antique Furniture
The shift from the throwaway culture to the reusing goods has increased the demand in the vintage and antique sector. Many people are turning towards vintage and antique furniture. Buying such products is timeless classics leaving your home looking stylish with minimal effort. The character and history in this type of furniture draw you in, which helps to make your home, well, more homely! Even on a budget, there are many products out there that look vintage or antique, just without the price tag! A simple yet sophisticated design creates a quality piece of furniture for your home, so you are able to experiment more with the décor for your living space. Chesterfield sofas are a great way to add class and elegance into a room whilst being a timeless classic. In addition, they are also handcrafted in the UK so you are not only supporting a British brand, but you are also paying for the craftsmanship which goes into each and every item rather than buying a sofa which is made as cheaply as possible, merely to increase the profit margin.
Scandi-looking materials make it easier to layer up different textures in a room, creating added dimension. From wood to leather and cotton to silk, there is a large variety of different hard and soft furnishings to suit your taste. The use of different fabrics helps to soften the lines and help to warm up your home. Bringing the outside in shows through the use of natural materials creates a relaxed, authentic atmosphere creating a space you can enjoy being in and switch off from the chaotic outside world. Not only does this help the environment, but you would also be saving money in the long term. You can dress a room to suit any season, trend or style as the different colours of natural fabrics are classics and can be paired with a vast array of different colours, from subtle pastels, to bright and bold pops of colour. Not only are natural fabrics and materials universal, but certain types of wood, like oak, can create a fresh and clean subtle aroma in your home which instantly helps to create a calm, unwinding living space.
This has been a significant trend in 2020. Dare I say that it, that the word lockdown has also played a big part in the popularity of upcycling. When the majority of us were working from home or furloughed, it was an ideal opportunity to have a change of scenery, especially when you were in your home for the vast majority of three months. Upcycling projects are ideal if you like to put your own stamp on things. Whether it’s repainting a table or reupholstering a chair, it is the perfect way to reduce waste whilst being an inexpensive way to redesign your home. If you were feeling even more creative, you could even turn a piece of unwanted furnishing into something else entirely! If DIY really isn’t your thing, you could instead make decorative pieces for your home. From painting a piece of artwork to making a mirror, there are soo many different ways you can choose from to put your own creative stamp on your home.
No matter what your budget is or your style, there are many different ways you can make your home more sustainable. Not only is this good for the environment but it is also a great way to get creative as you can be more experimental or add class and sophistication to your home by incorporating antique or vintage looking furniture into your living space. Furthermore, the use of natural materials sets a calming tone which is perfect for your home.