Trend Watch 2009 Brought To You By Atlanta Home Staging Pros - Homes Designed To Sell Green...A new way of Design
Trend Watch 2009 Brought To You By Atlanta Home Staging Pros - Homes Designed To Sell
Green...A new way of Design
In a commitment of preserving our earth's resources to ensure the needs of
generations to come, the design world has taken on a new life. Manufacturers in
all facets of home building and design are developing new Eco-friendly products to
enhance our homes as well as our lifestyles.
The most visible eco-design trend is the extensive use of "earth-friendly" products.
Fabrics and textiles made from all-natural and organic fibers, as well as chemicalfree
materials are becoming increasingly available. From upholstery to wall
coverings, you can create a feeling of luxury or simply a natural comfort haven
using environmental friendly products. In something as small as selecting paint,
choose from one of the many companies that now offer "green" paints, which are
Low- or No-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).
If paint isn't your choice, there are many ways to treat your walls. You can find
wallpapers that are printed on a 100% paper base (not vinyl), using water-based
inks low in VOC. You can create faux finishes on your walls using recycled paper
that take advantage of making old into new. A myriad of items such as antiques,
metals, tiles, glass, cabinetry, and light fixtures can be reclaimed from other uses
to give them new life and keep them out of landfills. Mohawk Carpets is just one
of the companies who has developed a way to recycle plastic bottles. Not only are
they reducing waste, they have created one of their most popular carpets in the
process. It's luxurious, soft, plush feel fools the eye and the hand making it hard to
believe it was once a 2-litre of soda.
Probably the most significant design trend is Sustainability- designing in a way to
conserve energy and natural resources. One example is quality flooring made
from natural materials such as reclaimed wood (from an old barn), cork or
bamboo. Bamboo is especially renewable since it has a rapid rate of growth. Add
a touch of warmth to your floors using rugs made from sustainable materials such
as jute or hemp. Vegetable dyes are now being used to provide the color creating
the beautiful patterns we love.
Sustainable design techniques can lead to greater Energy efficiency. A few
important steps to take are listed below.
o Use of Energy star appliances
o Lighting: Use of Compact Florescent light bulbs; more task lighting,
which reduces the need to light large areas of rooms; designs with
lots of natural light
o Heating and cooling: use of cellular window shades (trap air keeping
room heated or cooled), ceiling fans, Low-E energy efficient
windows, high efficiency HVAC systems
The bottom line is you don't have to sacrifice your style or taste if you want to go
Green. Due to a sense of eco-consciousness and social responsibility, all parts of
design are being improved upon daily. Make it your goal to see how you can
contribute.... Future generations are counting on you.
Provided by the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute.
Living Southern Style Magazine
Living Southern Style Magazinehttp://www.livesouth.com/
"Fashion runways have long been the inspirational source for home furnishings
and decorating color choices. Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with The
Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute, shares her suggestions for a trendy color
palette for 2008. "Consumers' increasing color confidence and personal style
makes any color fashionable for 2008", Zimmer says. "From glass-like blues,
botanical greens, dramatic black and white and whisper soft pink, color directions
will drive towards individual self-expression, glamorous living experiences or an
increasing awareness of important environmental causes." "
Green is becoming the latest neutral color. Shades of olive, pine, sage, and palm
bring a sense of eco - sensibility and when paired with shades of icy blue or aqua,
create a calming effect.
Go more daring... bring in shades of red. From the warm sunset red to the orange
glow, gather a feeling of warmth throughout your home for a hint of safety.
Go glamorous with black paired with white adding in a splash of bright color or a
hint of subtle color for the mystery. Add in metallic with mirrored shimmer for the
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