Embracing a timeless style is key if you want your interiors to last. Who wants to redo their décor every few years as tastes change, especially if they’ll circle back around into favor in a few more years? Sustainable materials tend to top the list of timeless styles since they’ve been around nearly as long as the concept of interior design itself.
Natural materials rarely go out of style. Image Via: TR Building & Remodeling
The All-Brass Wall Sconce from onefortythree is crafted of hand-bent solid brass in a natural dull shine. Curved lines and rounded forms reign…
You’ve probably heard the old adage, “They don’t make these things the way that they used to” and it’s true. Think about the family heirlooms that have been given prominent places in your parents’ living rooms. They are probably in relatively good shape compared to the commercially produced furniture you bought just a few years ago. One reason for the longer lifespan of those pieces is the builders’ reliance on natural products.
Many of the most desirable wooden finds boast bold geometric forms. This past November, Design This featured the Lightframe Wooden Pendant Lamp, shown below. The light’s striking design is enhanced by the warmth of wood and the intrigue of clever geometry.
Natural materials are a good fit for areas that receive a lot of wear and tear. Image Via: Staprans Design
With Albed focused on adaptability of their products, it follows that the materials used in their products would be highly adaptable too. Their partition system ALL WAYS is shrouded in an anodised aluminium frame, accenting its glass structure and offering a single aluminium profile, positioned either horizontally or vertically. This clever, minimal design means natural light pours into a space, lighting commercial and residential interiors with ease.
Are you a fan of sustainable materials? How have you incorporated them into your interior design?
Let’s be honest, when people complain about an interior design project, they usually bring up the same two issues: the cost of the project and how long it will take to complete. If you are trying to keep to a tight budget, using reclaimed, renewable materials is the way to go.
Metal is shiny, and when embellished with intricate markings, it can be formal and even heavy. Today’s design solution: keeping it simple so the material itself can truly shine. This Copper Shade Pendant by Tom Dixon (available through YLighting) is on many a wish list. Profiled in a recent Decoist post, the light makes a bold statement on its own but is also stunning when displayed in a group…
In a lot of ways, bold simplicity is the new normal. As in the image above, radiant color and geometric patterns are often involved. There’s also an abundance of natural materials. Metal. Wood. Stone. This month at Decoist, we’ve profiled all three of these materials and the interior design trends they’ve inspired. From brass to marble to wooden geometry, it’s the materials themselves that have stolen the show. And they’ve taken on a minimalist look. For example, a domed pendant light, a triangular table and a cylinder-shaped candle holder put form over frills, drawing attention to the veins of the marble, the sheen of the copper and the grain of the wood. It’s a new look that deserves a second look…and that’s what today’s post is all about!
You’ve probably been heard about the advantages of decorating with natural materials like marble, wood, metals, and clay. Chances are, you’ve also wandered what exactly counts as “natural”. It’s okay, you’re not alone. In the world of interiors, “natural” is a broad term that encompasses any renewable resource that is harvested from the earth for use.
As we wrap up today’s post, let’s not forget that some of the most popular designs involve a combination of natural materials. For example, wood meets stone in this Marble + Wood Slab, perfect for serving cheese and other delicious appetizers.
Designers are practically jumping at the chance to create products that bring nature into your home, which means you have the chance to incorporate them into nearly every aspect of your décor. Go big and make a statement with a copper bathtub. For a subtler feel, consider buying furniture made from eco-friendly fibers. Smaller still, add bamboo shades to your windows to keep out the afternoon sun.
Building materials that have beem harvested from the earth are extremely durable. Cork, which is made from the bark of cork trees, is incredibly springy. (Picture the way a wine cork retains its shape after being released from the bottle.) and unlikely to dent no matter what gets dropped on it. Granite is the hardest and densest natural stone, which helps maintain its luster and resist staining for longer than comparable materials.
As for how to use these pieces, there’s no shortage of options. You could shape old barn wood into a mantle for your fireplace or turn a collection of broken ceramic dishes into a creative tabletop collage. Turn to design collection sites like Freshome to find your inspiration.
Like aluminium, glass is also very adaptable and lends itself well to a range of different projects, ideas and designs. Albed’s SAIL sliding door is the epitome of contemporary interior glass application: a single pane of safety glass that provides a sleek, unassuming aesthetic, with clear, frosted, etched or patterned designs available. While it excels as a sliding door, a chic all-glass swing door can also be specified, showcasing the versatility and future-proofing nature of glass as a material for interior projects.
We at Decoist love profiling changing styles and new trends. The Hollywood Regency living room below is a testament to the fact that season after season, this style was all the rage, with “glossy” being the word of choice. In fact, a few years ago, the upscale ideal for interior design consisted of repetitive geometric patterns, lacquered furniture, elegant flourishes and an abundance of shiny surfaces. [from DKOR Interiors via Houzz]
Natural materials are good for the environment, your wallet, and your style. Image Via: Palm Design Group
Working and forming close relationships with some of Italy’s prestigious interior designers creates a wealth of knowledge and experience which Albed use to approach new product designs and use of natural materials. The unique application of wood, aluminium and glass has earned the company and the respective product designers a number of prestigious Reddot Design Awards. These natural materials, crafted in the minds of architects and designers and in the hands of craftsmen and woodworkers, are in projects all over the world, from Montreux to Singapore.
Your first step is to choose a material that fits best with your personal style. If you love the relaxed feel of the Mediterranean style, go for clay and terra cotta. For a classical look, think about incorporating marble into your design. Those who prefer rustic surroundings know that those rooms should be all about wood.
Aluminium sits at the forefront of contemporary interior product design. Modern processing techniques have allowed companies to exploit the raw material as a design feature and maintain a low environmental impact in doing so. As it makes up 8% of the earth’s crust, aluminium is a readily available material that can be easily and sustainably collected. Its robust nature and resistance to UV rays, bending, discolouration and rust mean it is a perfect material for door frames and sliding rails, and doesn’t require upkeep. The creative possibilities of this natural material are becoming greater with each passing year, and Albed’s evolving range of doors and sliding partition systems makes this the perfect material to add function, structural integrity and elegance to an interior.
If you’re still hesitant about jumping on the bandwagon, listen up. You’re missing out. Read on to find out why renewable resources are the way to go when it comes to your décor. You might just change your mind.
Repurpose old materials into a new project to get a better bang for your buck. Image Via: Capital Building
Almost every area has a store of sustainable materials that are begging to be repurposed from old design projects. You just need to know where to look. Thrift stores and vintage websites, and freecycling groups are a great place to start. Those who are looking for a larger amount of material may want to place a call into their local historical society or even contact someone in a salvage yard.
It was a full-blown Hollywood Regency revival! Now that the style is officially back, it will always have devoted enthusiasts, but interior design has taken on a different look in recent seasons… [from CB2]
As you incorporate these materials into your design, embrace these quirks as part of the design. Using a lighter stain on your wooden furniture pieces will allow them to shine through. Consider picking up on the natural shade variation in your terra cotta flooring and incorporating it as an accent color in your design.
Albed champion wood, glass and aluminium as materials that are easily available with a low environmental impact, and adaptable to a range of interior design products – and continues to find new and exciting ways to implement them in outstanding products.
Each aspect of your design that is harvested from nature will feature small, naturally occurring differentiations that give them less of a uniform (and less boring) look than, say, a tan painted wall. Every stone countertop has a different marbling pattern that varies by the area from which it was harvested in the quarry. Similarly, every wood floor will have in-grown imperfections that occur within the grain.
Wood is a material that transcends design styles, from the rustic to the modern. Some of today’s most interesting decor finds showcase wood in all of its natural flair. The Wood Veneer Pendant Lamp from onefortythree features a socket covered in real wood veneer with a natural hand-rubbed finish. Simply chic.
Natural, but also decorative, glass has three main uses in architectural products: it distributes natural light around an internal space, reflects sound, and creates a sophisticated aesthetic. Because of this, glass plays an integral part in Albed’s product design, and its place in the home and office – where light and quietness are required – is becoming more and more important in every project. Glass maximises the feeling of space and proves itself as a versatile and appropriate material for refined yet functional products without limitations.
Ah, neutrals. These pieces are the backbone of any interior design project. Are they the most exciting element of your décor? Probably not, but, are they essential to your project’s success. Every room needs a neutral element to make the bolder aspects of the décor pop and it should be sustainable.
Use natural elements to give your space a sleek, fresh, and modern feel. Image Via: Butler Armsden
Nature had a huge impact on our list of interior design trends and we’re not the only ones. When it comes to creating a trendy interior, using green materials is definitely the way to go.
These days, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the quality of the products that they use – and rightly so. Products that are less processed are better for you and the environment. As people add more organically-farmed whole foods into their diets and start to DIY chemical-free versions of household products, taking a similar approach to interior design is the next logical step.
Of course, for maximum durability these items require proper care. While each should be handled per the manufacturers instructions, but here are a few things to keep in mind: Always sand wood before staining or sealing it. Avoid acidic cleaners when wiping down stone and metals.
Once you choose which material works best for you, think about how it should be worked into the space. Your best bet it is to go natural in the areas that you want to stay constant through trend cycles – usually the high-cost purchases. Flooring is a good bet, as is furniture, and even window shades.
Albed not only represent some of the best modern Italian interior and architectural design, but their dedication to using natural materials to enhance interiors still prevails today. Their interior doors, shelving units and partition systems incorporate minimalist design with maximum use of natural and recyclable materials. Aluminium, glass, and wood: three noble materials with a starring role in modern architecture, naturally harvested and used in cutting-edge architectural products that are found in the home, kitchens, offices, bedrooms and boardrooms.
Natural materials make neutrals pop. Image Via: Hartman Baldwin Design/Build
Restoration Hardware shines the spotlight on the beauty of wooden geometry with their Geometric Forms in Cloche Natural, featuring reproduced vintage geometric models encased in blown glass…
The return of natural materials has ushered in a new wave of talent, with artisans selling their wares on sites such as Etsy. In addition, countless DIY projects have appeared, celebrating wood, metal and stone surfaces. When it comes to this new bold look, don’t forget that you can easily integrate colorful pieces, as well as geometric designs. Like Hollywood Regency, the look can be polished. Yet there’s a purity there that isn’t always present under the shine of lacquer. Do you think the current celebration of natural materials is a deliberate contrast to the reflective shine of Hollywood Regency design? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…
Check out the Agate Handle in Light Gray, and you’ll see how the mineral bands are particularly bold against the lighter coloring of this agate selection. Nothing like a dresser with chunks of rock for knobs and pulls! Natural materials at their most dazzling…
Stone has even influenced the patterns of our textiles, wallpaper and art. These artistic representations of natural materials from Ferm Living are created by Kristina Krogh and printed on 13-mm birch plywood. In addition to the marble veining, note the wood grain patterns:
The inspired use of wood is seen in Vista Girevole, a specialised rotating shelving system, acting as storage solution and partition. In a moment, a wall of shelving becomes an open doorway. It is designed with fluidity in mind, but its various wood finishes add the charm and appeal of a natural surface.
Older pieces – from an era before deforestation and mass production – are often higher quality than the product we get today since there was a larger, healthier sample to from which to cherry pick the best product. In some cases, like mahogany wood, it may be next to impossible to get today. If you look in the right places, it’s possible to get these high-quality pieces for a fraction of the cost of buying new.
Metal accents aren’t limited to today’s hottest lighting. They’re present on furniture, as well as accessories such as clocks. This iron circle 30″ clock from CB2 is crafted of distressed raw iron and features brass-coated aluminum hands:
West Elm has recently debuted a series of stone knobs that have taken our breath away. This Agate Knob in Green is a vivid counterpart to the wood of any dresser. In addition to the knob, also note the green agate pulls and handle on the furnishing below.
Wood’s popularity as a material for doors can be traced back hundreds if not thousands of years. It has a distinctive place in interior design, as it remains a common material readily available to reshape interiors, define spaces and offer a new aesthetic to a room. Adding warmth, depth and a contrasting visual to an interior space, wood is a fantastically versatile material for use in doors. Responsibly sourced and FSC certified, many of Albed’s swing hinge doors feature a special wood finish, from white ash and walnut to wenge and black ash.
The appeal of stone is undeniable. From the veining of marble to the banding of agate, the natural patterns are so desirable that they’ve jumped from the stone itself to items such as textiles. But for now let’s start with the rock… A dome of stone makes a big impact, thanks to the rock pendant lamp from CB2. Smooth white marble, an exposed bulb and shiny silver hardware are a powerful combination…
Don’t be afraid to mix materials either. Lighter bamboo flooring will really help a your large, wooden dining table to make a statement. Metal light fixtures will give a touch of glamour to nearly every style of design.
It goes without saying that using renewable materials in your interior design is good for the environment. Beyond that, it’s also easy for your wallet and sense of style. There’s really no downside. Take a look at our argument before you start your next home improvement project and we’re sure you’ll be a convert. Before you know it, these materials will have a prominent place in your interior design.
Read on to find out why you should work natural materials into your design. Image Via: Denali Custom Homes