With over 7,000,000 hashtags on Instagram, #sustainableliving is fast becoming one of the first things we think about when planning any interior updates. With its rise in popularity, luxury bathroom specialists, Big Bathroom Shop, have looked into the hashtag data to reveal the most popular eco-friendly materials that are currently being used to renovate bathrooms.
If you’re looking to become more environmentally conscious when you restyle or renovate your home this spring, we have more than a few ideas for you.
‘Spring is all about new beginnings, and it is so great to see that consumers are taking the right steps to make greener decisions when it comes to interior design and renovation plans,’ says bathroom style expert, Rikki Fothergill. ‘Going right back to the start and choosing products that are made from sustainable materials is an easy way to create a stylish and long-lasting eco sanctuary.’
So, here are the top five eco-friendly materials, as ranked by the number of Instagram hashtags:
- Ceramic – 8,201,054 hashtags
- Steel – 5,416,219 hashtags
- Bamboo – 4,596,659 hashtags
- Brass – 4,227,286 hashtags
- Reclaimed wood – 2,195,488 hashtags
And here’s how to incorporate them into your bathroom:
Topping the list with just over eight million hashtags is ceramic. Typically, this material is a mixture of natural substances such as clay, powders, earthen elements and water.
Rikki comments: ‘Ceramic is a very popular choice when it comes to bathroom design this year. As we move into spring, embrace the bolder colours that begin to emerge such as lemon yellow and azure blue to create a striking tiled wall or opt for a heavy-duty ceramic basin for a contemporary feel.’
Steel is actually one of the world’s most recycled substances, so we’re more than happy to see it take second spot in this list. In the bathroom, opt for a freestanding tub made of steel along with a darker colour scheme to create the look of a luxurious boutique hotel. Deep bronze and stone grey shades really complement steel, according to Rikki.
A highly renewable material which doesn’t require fertilisers to be grown, that also regenerates time and time again from its own roots, bamboo allows you to bring the outside into your home. By pairing bamboo or rattan pieces with greenery or sleeker finishes, you can add a fresh look to any space, no matter how big or small.
Did you know that brass has the capacity to be recycled an infinite number of times? Because of this, it is another great option when being environmentally conscious.
‘Brass is timeless and is the perfect material to use if you are looking for longevity. Use subtle brushed brass fixtures such as taps, bath feet, vanity legs and light switches to bring warmth to your bathroom. For spring, pair brass with lighter shades of blue, grey or terracotta to brighten a room,’ says Rikki.
Reclaimed wood is a brilliant choice when it comes to being eco-friendly. Instead of having to source timber that has just been chopped or getting it chopped specifically to make new products, using reclaimed wood means you’re doing your bit to curb deforestation.
‘Incorporating wood into a room is great for creating a farmhouse look. Take different shades of oak to construct wall panelling and weathered looking flooring. Keep walls painted in pale neutrals and bright white for a bright and breezy, natural looking space,’ Rikki adds.
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