Inside and outside of the home, keeping the environment safe while looking after the health of the family living in a home will always be in vogue. 2020 will be a testament to that, with an increasing shift toward ‘safe’ materials and products. Safe products are those which are non-toxic, or even beneficial, for both homeowners and the environment.
Think lamps that adjust according to the body’s natural circadian rhythm, integrated green walls, psychologically-soothing colour palettes with the use of zero or low-VOC paints, harnessing natural light with strategic window placement and skylights, or eco-friendly, ethically-sourced building materials – the list goes on.
Recent research from Houzz has found that connecting with nature and using a ‘green’ approach to building and renovating is becoming increasingly important for Australians, with 22 per cent surveyed in 2019 citing minimal environmental impact as a priority when building or buying a home.