It is important for homeowners to rethink the impact of their cooking spaces on the environment through kitchen interior design. It is a fact that every single kitchen plays a role in adding more load to the environment. However, homeowners can design their kitchens to be more energy efficient, environment friendly and less wasteful. This is due to the fat that eco-friendly kitchens reduce carbon footprints, lower the costs of energy and are sustainable.
There are many affordable and easy ways of going about the process of kitchen renovation to come up with a green cooking space. Magazines, wood and tires can be recycled and re-purposed into ingenious yet appealing glassware, furniture and fabrics for decorating the kitchen. Here are some great tips to design an eco-friendly kitchen
Kitchen countertops should not just be easy to clean, but also durable. IceStone is a green option for countertops that is made from recycled concrete and glass. The products come in all sorts of colors to choose from and cost about $75 for every square foot. Quartz is another option that comprise of natural materials and price ranges from $70 – $120 for every square foot. Recycled hemp or paper can also be used on kitchen countertops with price ranging from $90 to $120 for every square foot.
Kitchen cabinets to be used in a kitchen interior design project should be free from formaldehyde and made using solid forest wood, or even wheatboard, made from wheat straw. Go for low-VOC or water based paints for finishes that are not toxic. Using cabinets made from recycled resources is a perfect way of designing a green kitchen.
Flooring materials should be durable and sound environmentally. Although linoleum is old-fashioned, it is made entirely from natural materials and cost about $3-$4 for every square foot, making it perfect for flooring. Wood flooring made out of bamboo, forest wood or even cork is also an excellent option with cost per square foot ranging from $10 to $11. Floor tiles made of concrete solutions are given finishes using natural color pigments and their cost per square foot is about $15.
Faucets and Sinks
A green sink is made of recycled copper or stainless steel (costs ranging from $450 to $800), or even salvage yards. Go for a faucet that features an aerator for injecting bubbles into the stream in order to produce even pressure at a lower volume as a way of saving water. This can cost anything from $200 to $400.
Since the backsplash is the kitchen’s focal point, choosing a natural material to design this feature is important. Eco-friendly flooring and recycled glass tiles cost about $20 for every square foot, making them an excellent option for the backsplash.
Ovens, cooktops, refrigerators and dishwashers must also be environment friendly. Unlike conventional cooktop models, electric-inductions cooktops use electromagnetic energy when transferring heat to the pan, making them more energy-efficient. Microwaves can help save energy up to 80% and opt for ovens with the Energy Star sticker. Purchase a refrigerator with the same energy star label and go for a suitable size. Modern dishwashers use sensor technology to tailor the quantity of water needed for cleaning utensils. Therefore, unlike traditional methods of washing dishes using hands, less water is utilized. Look for the energy star label when buying this appliance.
Install spacious glass windows to let in enough air and light into the kitchen. An efficient water filtration system can help save water. All the kitchen accessories used in kitchen interior design should also scream green for an environment-friendly cooking space.