By Sharlyn Thacker, CID, ASID, LEED AP BD+C
Beautiful design resides in the details. In the midst of spring, the world abounds with opportunities to observe the details of nature’s creations: the elliptical perfection of teal robin’s eggs, the abundance of seeds on a single grass stem, the symmetry of a dahlia bloom. Designers often look to nature for inspiration and stimulus for creativity. Nature weaves her way into our interior spaces: an emerald, lime and blue organic cotton textile inspired by the centers of flowers; tiles evocative of river rock; wool rugs for massaging our toes; water features that soothe our mood; and wood floors that ground us. In making decisions about what products are used in interiors, consider the impact these choices have on the environment that brings us so much inspiration and creativity.
Products that have low VOCs typically are sourced from healthier manufacturing facilities and have a positive impact on the inhabitants’ health. Materials that are sourced from sustainably-managed forests or organically-certified farms help ensure those materials will continue to be harvested and the workers will have healthy lives and prolonged job security. Sourcing rugs that are child-labor free, organic and dyed with natural dyes helps promote social welfare and health of the worker and end user. Seeking post-consumer recycled content materials helps close the cradle-to-cradle loop and minimize waste. Designers have a plethora of opportunities to choose in favor of the health of their clients and the environment. Every decision, no matter how big or how small, has an impact on the collective whole. Choose health, sustainability and abundant beauty with the specification and purchase of environmentally friendly products. Celebrate the world in our interiors. #SpaceMatters
Sharlyn Thacker, CID, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, has worked as a commercial interior designer for firms such as SmithLewis Architecture and William McDonough + Partners. She currently serves as a LEED consultant with H2 Ecodesign on a variety of projects throughout the country.
Photo by Sharlyn Thacker