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Sustainable Interior Design: Earth-Friendly Colour Choices for a Greener Home

In the quest for sustainability, every choice we make within our homes counts. From energy-efficient appliances to eco-friendly materials, there's a growing awareness of how our interior design decisions impact the environment. Whilst there are some obvious choices that have a direct impact on our carbon footprint, the paints we choose can also play a part.

Colour has the power to transform a room, setting the mood and influencing our emotions. But the pigments used in traditional paints can often contain harmful chemicals and contribute to indoor air pollution. Thankfully, many paint companies have moved away from chemical based paints, but it’s worth checking before you purchase. 

Here are some sustainable colour choices to consider for your home:

A living room decorated in natural clay coloured paint and fabrics with natural textures
Natural warm paint tones make a room feel relaxed and cosy

Use Natural Earth Tones

Embrace the beauty of nature by incorporating earthy hues like warm browns, soft greens, and sandy beiges. These colours not only evoke a sense of serenity but also can be sourced in paints using pigments derived from natural sources such as clay and minerals, making them environmentally friendly options. Earthborn are a UK based paint company specialising in clay based paints.

Low-VOC Paints

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in conventional paints can release harmful gases into the air, contributing to indoor air pollution and posing health risks. Opting for paints labeled as low-VOC or zero-VOC ensures that your walls are coated with colours that are safer for both your family and the environment.

Edward Bulmer Paints B-Corp certification, image shows an apple dipped in paint and B-Corp logo
Edward Bulmer Paints offer plant-based pigments

Plant-Based Dyes

For those seeking a truly sustainable option, consider paints and dyes made from plant-based ingredients. These natural pigments are biodegradable and often come from renewable sources, making them an excellent choice for eco-conscious homeowners. Edward Bulmer are pioneers in plant-based paints and have sustainability at the heart of their company.

Recycled Paints

Another eco-friendly option is to choose paints made from recycled materials. These paints are often produced using leftover paint that has been collected, processed, and repurposed, reducing waste and minimising the need for virgin resources. Little Greene Paint Company offer a range called Re:Mix, where you can choose from a selection of colours from their paint range, made from left-over and unwanted paint. Not only is this great for the environment, it’s great for your pocket too as the 2.5L tins are significantly cheaper than the standard range.

Whether you prefer the calming warmth of earth tones or the crisp freshness of light hues, there's a sustainable colour palette out there to suit every taste and design aesthetic. So, let's paint our homes with colours that are not only beautify but also contribute to a greener, healthier future.

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