How to make your home more beautiful in 2021- Part 2

Updated: Mar 12

In the second part of this series, we'll look at two more current trends to make your home more relaxing, stylish and unique to you.

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

Sustainable Materials

It's back to basics with wood, rattan, bamboo, jute, linen, wool and cotton. In New Zealand, there's a focus on Te Taiao- the Māori concept of respect for the natural world. These materials have been around for thousands of years, yet they look fresh as a daisy in today's interiors. And while they look beautiful, how do you really know if they're really sustainable?

Wood- look for the FSC symbol to ensure it's sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Rattan- has the potential to be very sustainable. As with many natural materials, deforestation, overharvesting and use of toxic chemicals during processing sometimes occur. Look for FSC symbol.

Bamboo- check the label. Is it from a sustainable forest? How far away is it grown, processed and manufactured?

Jute- generally considered very ecofriendly.

Cotton- this fabric takes a high toll on the environment due to the amount of water, energy and pesticides required. Look for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) to ensure environmentally and socially responsible manufacture.

linen- altogether more eco-friendly than cotton. Look for the GOTS symbol to ensure environmentally and socially responsible manufacture.

Wool- its renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, and can be produced organically. And here in New Zealand, it's produced in our backyard. The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a guarantee that the manufacture meets strict environmental standards.

Remember, the most eco-friendly homewares are secondhand!

Warm, Earthy Colours

Earthy terracottas, mellow yellows and spicy browns are all over the interior design world at the moment. These tones create soothing, nurturing spaces. Could it be in an ever-changing, insecure world, we're looking for a comforting haven? Dulux certinly thinks so. It's Colour of the Year 2021 is 'Brave Ground- a warm, mushroom neutral. ‘We continue to live through uncertain times’ Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux UK. ‘In 2021, the warm and grounding tones of Brave Ground will allow us to find certainty in the strength from the very ground beneath our feet. Emboldening us to go forward and begin to live again and giving us the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances we face. Here's to that!

Warm, earthy neutrals provide a background that suits many different looks.

Pair them with blues and green for a room that reflects the beauty of nature.

Or add orange, red or coral accessories for contrast and a pop of colour.

Try them with a plum toned purple and a cherry red for a luxurious, rich look.

Photo by Anna Sullivan on Unsplash 

That's it for now! I'd love to know if you found this post interesting, useful or something else? Soon, I'll post about my $100 bathroom reno and some ideas for making your home more beautiful in autumn/ winter. Oh and some features on up and coming New Zealand designers. If this sounds like you, you might like to subscribe for more interior news, tips and inspiration. First-time subscribers get 20% off Chiriklo products :)

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