The Inside Story: COCO Design's top eco decor tips
It’s becoming ever more important to be planet-conscious when buying for our homes. Georgina Robertson, founder of Cambridge’s COCO Interior Design, explains how to combine style with sustainability
Sustainability is an ever-increasing word used in relation to industries across the world and rightly so. Interior design is no different and there are some relatively easy routes to take towards a more sustainable home that you can adopt next time you’re thinking about an interiors refresh.
An easy place to start is to ensure your interior design foundations are built to last. If you design your home with core, neutral, classic products, colours and materials, you are less likely to want to change everything as frequently. A step in the right direction to move away from a disposable culture.
Antique & Pre-loved
With anything antique or vintage such as mirrors, furniture, vases and ornaments, you know they are built to last. Some of the finest pieces in people’s homes have been cared for, revamped, reupholstered or repolished to look as good as new. Not to mention that shopping for antiques or in vintage shops is a lovely way to spend your weekend. And it doesn’t even have to be antique or vintage, it could simply be second-hand - but confirm the item is well-made before purchasing otherwise you will eventually end up in the same disposable cycle.
Whilst reclaimed materials can be more expensive to use, depending on their origination and the process they have been through, they will also come with extra character compared to anything you could buy new. Using materials such as reclaimed wood in your home interior can help towards the worldwide issue of deforestation by reducing the demand for newly sourced wood. Reclaimed stone, for example, can also add character to your interior, wear extremely well and even last a lifetime if you go for a classic style.
There is an increasing amount of handmade paint and wallpaper coming to the market. Brands such as Atelier Ellis and Edward Bulmer offer beautiful, natural, handmade paints in a variety of colours that are safe to use and free from toxic metals. The leading brands such as Little Greene are also offering eco-friendly paints and wallpapers. Little Greene also state that their paint tins are made using more than 50% recycled steel.
Farrow and Ball also offer a range of eco-friendly, handcrafted wallpaper which is said to be sourced from sustainable forests and responsibly manufactured to offer 100% sustainability. Not only is the production of sustainable paints and wallpaper important, but using these products when it comes to disposal is also much kinder to the environment.
Meet the Designer
Georgina Robertson is an experienced designer and founder of COCO Interior Design. Her grandma was a seamstress and, inspired by fabrics, colour and the concept of design creation from a young age, Georgina worked extensively with furnishing fabrics growing up, learning bespoke curtain making and design. With an extensive career in marketing, Georgina decided to pursue her passion and talent for interior design into creating sophisticated, luxury interiors - and so COCO Interior Design was born. See cocointeriordesign.co.uk for more.
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