While living in big cities, each of us is constantly exposed to artificial and, often, insufficiently ecological materials. When developing interior designs, we try to minimize the use of unnatural materials to create the most ecological space in which you can breathe easily.
So, let’s talk about what materials are better not to use, why, and what natural analogs these materials can be replaced with.
Decorative plasters in a modern interior
The interior in a modern style is primarily a clean space with a lot of air. Due to their complex texture, decorative plasters often contribute to unnecessary clutter and visual theft of space.
Therefore, we recommend using them in limited quantities, for example, to decorate a single wall in the room, to create an interesting color accent in the interior.
In addition, the complex and uneven texture of the wall contributes to the collection of dust. And this means that such a wall will need to be constantly cleaned so that this dust does not accumulate in your house.
Laminate in a modern interior
One of the most common flooring options is laminate. This is due to the strength, high wear resistance and relatively low price of this material.
Today, laminate production has come a long way and you can often find high-quality, environmentally-friendly laminate in stores.
But, if you approach the choice of laminate without special training, then, unfortunately, you may come across a low-quality product. And along with a new beautiful floor, bring one of the most environmentally friendly floor coverings into your home.
The fact is that when creating laminates, resins are often used, which in the wrong ratio become toxic to humans. The danger of such a floor increases with heating (heated floors).
To avoid such unpleasant moments, we recommend that you carefully study the composition of your future floor, check the manufacturer, and choose a laminate made of natural materials. Yes, laminate made of ecological materials will cost a little more, but you definitely cannot save on the health of you and your loved ones.
Also, instead of laminate, you can choose parquet or engineering boards, which will make your floor as natural and ecological as possible.
Furniture and interior items made of chipboard
Chipboard is a material made of pressed wood waste (chips, sawdust, etc.), glued together with special resins, which often contain formaldehyde (this material is harmful to humans).
Furniture is often made from chipboard, as this material is quite cheap and easy to manufacture. In their pure form, chipboard surfaces are quite rare – as a rule, the surfaces are laminated, and covered with various enamels or varnishes.
Such coatings make it possible to achieve a resistance of chipboard to moisture and external influences. But they are also dangerous: when using low-quality enamels or varnishes, when heated, such furniture can emit an odor or be toxic.
To protect yourself and your loved ones, we recommend that you carefully consider the choice of chipboard furniture (check the materials from which it is made, etc.), during operation, make sure that no chips appear on the furniture. It is impossible to use such furniture in damp rooms or rooms with frequent temperature changes.
The use of vinyl wallpaper in a modern interior
Modern style and vinyl wallpaper with a pattern are generally not very compatible. But in this case, we are not interested in their appearance, but in what vinyl wallpaper consists of.
Due to their composition, most vinyl wallpapers interfere with air circulation in the room. The effect of sticking such wallpaper on the wall can be compared to if you stick a plastic film on all the walls.
In addition, vinyl wallpaper often contains formaldehyde, which becomes hazardous to health when heated.
To avoid unpleasant consequences from such wallpaper, if you still decide to use it in your interior, pay attention to the characteristics of the wallpaper indicated on the label and try to choose the safest possible composition.
The use of OSB plates in a modern interior
OSB are boards made of pressed large wood shavings. Their danger lies, as well as in the issue of chipboard, in what materials were used for gluing them. You can find this out only by studying the documentation from the manufacturer of this material.
Unlike chipboard, OSB boards are not treated with anything on top, which means that if there are any harmful substances in them, they will be in direct contact with the air space of your apartment.
Today, OSB plates are used for rough finishing of premises – this is quite acceptable since they will be covered with other, more ecological materials on top. They are also used in decorating walls – in this case, you need to pay attention to their labeling to protect yourself and your apartment from harmful substances in the air.
There is always a mark on OSB plates, whether they can be used during sacramento kitchen remodeling. If the mark is on, then you can safely take this material inside your apartment.
There are a lot of materials. Some of them look completely natural, although they are not, and vice versa. To choose materials that will be used in your apartment or house, you need not only to study their composition, but also to look at their characteristics to understand how durable they are and how they behave under certain external influences (heating, cooling, moisture, etc.)