At Paradigm Interior Design, we believe that design is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about responsibility. That’s why we have made sustainability a cornerstone of our interior design practice. We are committed to prioritizing the use of sustainable products and practices that not only enhance the beauty of spaces but also contribute to a greener and more environmentally responsible future. One of the ways we do this is by being a proud member of the Good Future Design Alliance (GFDA), a movement led by industry professionals committed to lowering waste in the built environment.
The Power of Sustainability in Interior Design
Sustainability in interior design is about making conscious choices that reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and minimize the carbon footprint associated with the production and transportation of goods. It’s about creating spaces that not only look good but also do good for the planet. Here are some of the ways we are currently incorporating sustainability into our interior design projects:
- Efficient Shipping: We believe in reducing our carbon footprint whenever possible. One of the ways we achieve this is by scheduling one delivery for all items in a project. By consolidating shipments, we minimize the environmental impact of transportation. This also helps with our big reveal at the end of projects.
- Local Sourcing: In two of our current projects, we are minimizing shipping distances by using local products. Custom-made furniture and lighting are sourced from local vendors, reducing the energy and emissions associated with long-distance transportation and supporting our local artisans.
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- Cabinet Updates: In a primary bath remodel project, we are updating cabinets with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. By reusing existing materials, we extend the lifespan of these components and reduce the need for new resources.
- Furniture Transformation: Our primary bedroom remodel is giving existing furniture a new lease on life by updating handles and pulls. This not only saves resources but also adds a unique touch to the design.
- Upcycling Old Cabinets: In a kitchen remodel project, we are partnering with Greencycling to upcycle old cabinets. This means our clients get a brand-new kitchen while someone else gets to enjoy the old but perfectly usable cabinets. This circular approach prevents items from ending up in landfills.
- Slab Remnants: In a whole-house remodel, we are using remnants of someone else’s slabs for small spaces like the powder room. This reduces waste and showcases the beauty of sustainable design.
- Recycled Fabrics: We believe in the power of recycled materials. One of our clients’ bench cushions is made from 100% recycled bottles, showing that sustainable design can also be comfortable and stylish. This fabric also contributes a portion of the proceeds to the Marine Conservation Society, allowing us to give back to the environment.
Additional Sustainable Practices
In addition to the above initiatives, we take extra steps to ensure sustainability in our projects:
- Wool Carpeting: We specify wool carpeting whenever possible due to its natural and sustainable characteristics.
- FSC-Certified Cabinetry: We check that our cabinetry vendors are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, ensuring that the wood used in our projects comes from responsibly managed forests.
- VOC Awareness: We inquire about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in products and educate our clients about the benefits of using low-VOC paint. This helps improve indoor air quality and reduces harmful emissions.
- In-Floor Heating: We prioritize in-floor heating over forced-air systems when possible to minimize allergies and improve energy efficiency. This choice enhances comfort and contributes to a healthier indoor environment.
At Paradigm Interior Design, sustainability is not just a buzzword; it’s a commitment that runs deep in our design philosophy. By making sustainable choices today, we can create interiors that are not only visually appealing but also environmentally responsible. Our goal is to inspire others in the industry and our clients to embrace sustainability as a fundamental aspect of interior design. Together, we can design a greener, more sustainable future for all.
If you’re interested in transforming your space into a sustainable haven, contact Paradigm Interior Design today. Let’s work together to design a brighter and more eco-friendly tomorrow.
Dawn Chau is a Colorado-based award-winning Interior Designer who transforms houses into homes with her love for space planning, construction, and creating luxury interiors that reflect her client’s personalities. Book a consult with Dawn here.