Green Design and Designing in Green

In honor of St.Patty’s Day, “Designing Green”. What does it mean to design “Green”?  Green design or eco-friendly can mean a number of things in the design world.  It can mean Low VOC or non added compounds into the materials (such as low VOC paint, or NAUF “No added urea formaldehyde” such as NAUF mdf or plywood). It can also can mean eco-friendly woods such as Bamboo which regenerates very quickly (bamboo is actually a grass) or Eco veneers which are veneers meant to represent exotic woods but are produced by quickly regenerating trees (about 8 years until harvest). Lastly, the distance the materials have to travel to reach your project. How “Green” you want to go depends on several factors, sadly the most substantial is the BIG GREEN…the Money $$$. Yes, a lot of time it costs more to “go green”.  But I believe this is like any other trend, think of the first flat plasma or LCD tv.  They were super expensive.  You had to pay to play.  I think (hope) that as the demand for green comes to be more requested and the industry catches up, the price will come down. Other examples of Green design are using locally sourced materials, recycled materials or up-cycled materials.  This is a great way to feel good about doing your part, but to have something super unique at the same time.  Here are a couple examples of Eco-friendly materials:

 A table made out of locally sourced Podocarpus tree from our friends at  Funktionhouse .

A table made out of locally sourced Podocarpus tree from our friends at Funktionhouse.

 A recycled glass countertop from  Vetrazzo  on a project of ours.

A recycled glass countertop from Vetrazzo on a project of ours.

And then a little fun for St.Patty’s Day is “Designing” green, as in with the color green. Here are some pictures of spaces I have designed:

 Brushed glaze finish on green paint

Brushed glaze finish on green paint

 Seafoam Green granite for cabinetry

Seafoam Green granite for cabinetry

 Accent of  #Oceanside  glass in green to give a backsplash a dimensional twist.

Accent of #Oceanside glass in green to give a backsplash a dimensional twist.

  Serene green hutch  from Holiday Kitchens

Serene green hutch from Holiday Kitchens

Happy St. Patty’s Day to all, and be safe! -Brooke