Can Design And Efficiency Coexist In A Home?

We are now in a very different era for interior design and architecture. It may have began in commercial buildings but it’s pretty much the norm now for every home in the world. Energy efficiency is on the mind of every homeowner and this is for good reason. Over the years your home will waste thousands of dollars just on wasted energy. Without a doubt this plagues on the minds of those that are trying to save every penny but it’s also something the affluent care about too. The only issue is, style has had to be the sacrificial lamb in order for energy efficiency problems to be addressed. At least this was the case in the past because now slowly things are changing. Contemporary interior designers and companies that specialize in this industry have made it their mission to create homes that naturally look great but don’t go ‘too far green’. You don’t need doors made from hemp to be eco-friendly, just a knack for what needs to be changed, how and where.  


It’s right in front of you!


What did we learn when we were children about heat and colors? The lighter the color, the more it reflects light away but the darker it is, the light will be absorbed. This is why you see many Mediterannean homes in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal are all made from white limestone. Homes in very hot climates such as Brazil are also painted white to make sure that the occupants are not cooking in their own home. So how is this relevant to your home? Well, the longer you can keep natural sun rays in the home to heat up the interior, the less likely you are to put the heating on. At the very least you’ll be putting the heating on for less time. Paint the inside of your home in what could be deemed warmer colors or even earth-tone colors.


For example, paint the ceiling of the dining room in an orange or perhaps are beige. If you have a room that is particularly cold such as the kitchen, you can paint the ceiling or the walls in a red or a yellow. These colors are very popular in parts of the world like Scicily as the heat is naturally kept longer in a room which has many metal appliances, fitting and fixtures. The metal will often make the room colder than normal so just by painting your rooms in a darker shade, you will keep natural heat a lot longer in your home. This energy saving technique is so simple that it’s staring you right in the face. You don’t need anything fancy, just a paint can and a brush.


Looking through the bay


The door is often seen as the main culprit for letting heat out of a home. We have at least once or twice in our lifetime, shouted at one of the other family members to ‘shut the door!’ because they were letting the heat out. Well, doors are not the main source of losing heat from a home. No, it’s not the roof either, although this is a very good point. The main reason is that your windows are simply not energy efficient in their design. Think about it, you have more windows than doors and they are literally just holes in your home that we can look out of thanks to the glass. Therefore fitting windows designed from the ground up to be more energy efficient will save you a ton of money.


If you have a contemporary living room and or dining area, then you most likely have bay windows. These are a very classic selection of windows, but they’re also very large so they have a tendency to lose a lot of heat quickly. Check out this option for your window replacement needs, because these bay windows are high performance and low-E4. Made from SmartSun glass and FIBREX composite, the material is designed to not absorb heat from within the home. They are tightly fit together so there are not small drafts coming in from any gaps either. They will be doing their job just fine all throughout the year too, so it doesn’t matter if it rains or snows. You can also customize the windows by selecting your interior and exterior colors. This way you also get a say in what kind of style they should be when fitted to your home.



Strategically placed lighting


Practicality is the main issue when it comes to lighting design in any home desiring to become more energy efficient. It seems old fashioned now to have a ceiling light that is in the center of a room. This means all four corners are usually dark and if you have a large room, then lamps are other smaller lights will be needed. But this means that you have multiple lights on in just one room. The answer to this is to start again, but this time make sure the lighting is strategically placed around the home.


For example, the kitchen should have lights pointed at the places that are used the most. Have small LED lights pointing down at the oven, microwave, countertop and cooker. You can also place LED lights inside cupboards and cabinets. They will only turn on when you open the door, just like a fridge. You can also place small LED lights in other rooms such as in bedroom ceilings. Rather than one light in the center of the room, you will have several smaller lights placed around the room such as at your wardrobe, the drawer, the entrance to the toilet door and over a place where you have fitted a television. All of these lights are placed in areas where you are using or doing something, no light is wasted.


Modern design and energy efficiency interiors don’t have to clash. You don’t need to sacrifice one for the other either. You should be much smarter with your color choices in rooms where heat loss is an issue. Pick a darker color to absorb more sunlight throughout the day and you won’t be putting the heating on so much.


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