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Sustainable Interior Design & Décor Trends in South Africa

Sustainable Interior Design & Décor Trends in South Africa

In an age where environmental consciousness is on the rise, sustainable interior design has gained significant importance. In South Africa, homeowners and interior designers are increasingly turning to eco-friendly materials, supporting local artisans, and embracing emerging trends that not only enhance the visual appeal of spaces but also prioritize the planet's wellbeing. We only have one planet, and the onus lies on us to ensure that it is rehabilitated for the next generations to come.

This blog will explore the benefits of using recycled materials, the importance of supporting local artisans and manufacturers, and provide practical tips for adopting sustainable interior design and décor in your home.


Using recycled materials in interior design projects offers numerous benefits worth considering. Firstly, it helps reduce the demand for virgin raw materials, conserving natural resources and reducing environmental impact. Materials like recycled glass, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal can add unique character and charm to a space, providing a sense of history and sustainability. At Essops Home our buying division has made a concerted effort to source recycled and reclaimed wood furniture to help our customers adopt this important trend in their home décor.
Additionally, recycled materials often exhibit excellent durability and quality, ensuring longevity in home furnishings. They also serve as a conversation starter, allowing homeowners to highlight their commitment to sustainable practices while showcasing your individuality through one-of-a-kind pieces.



Supporting local artisans and manufacturers not only bolsters the economy but also fosters a sense of community and cultural preservation. South Africa is rich in artistic talent, and by choosing locally made interior pieces, homeowners can celebrate and promote the country's unique artistic heritage. Whilst the downturn in furniture manufacturing in South Africa poses a challenge, Essops Home is committed to consistently scouting for local artisans and manufacturers to increase local supplier bases. To this end, a large selection of furniture and home décor items is locally procured and we have undertaken to support local artists and crafters.


South Africa is not immune to emerging sustainable interior design trends. One such trend is incorporating traditional African patterns and materials with modern design elements. By blending authentic tribal prints, vibrant colours, and eco-friendly materials, homeowners can create spaces that pay homage to their cultural heritage while staying on-trend. An easy way to do this is by updating artwork and locally sourced soft furnishings and decorative items. At Essops Home we have a large selection of carefully curated and selected home décor items, from scatters to canvas artworks and rugs to indoor trees and planters.

Another emerging trend is upcycling and repurposing furniture and accessories. Rather than discarding old or worn-out items, creative homeowners are finding ways to breathe new life into them, transforming unwanted pieces into functional and stylish focal points within the home.


Now that we understand the importance of sustainable interior design, let's explore some practical tips for implementing eco-friendly practices in our homes:
1.    Energy Efficiency: Install energy-efficient lighting, utilize natural lighting whenever possible, and invest in energy-saving appliances to reduce your carbon footprint.
2.    Eco-Friendly Materials: Opt for eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, cork, or reclaimed wood for flooring and furniture, and choose paints and finishes that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
3.    Water Conservation: Install low-flow faucets and toilets, harvest rainwater for irrigation using JoJo tanks or alternatives, and incorporate succulents in your indoor garden.
4.    Waste Reduction and Recycling: Create a recycling station in your home and actively participate in recycling programs. Reduce waste by choosing products with minimal packaging and by repurposing or donating unwanted items.
5.    Vintage and Second-Hand Shopping: Embrace the charm of vintage furniture and home accessories by exploring thrift stores, flea markets, or online marketplaces. By giving an item a second life, you minimize waste and create a unique, eco-friendly aesthetic.

Sustainable interior design in South Africa offers numerous benefits – from reducing environmental impact to supporting local artisans and manufacturers. By integrating recycled materials, showcasing local craftsmanship, embracing emerging trends, and adopting practical tips for eco-friendly living, homeowners can create stylish and sustainable spaces that leave a positive impact on the planet. Through small changes and conscious choices, we can all contribute to a greener future while enjoying beautiful and functional homes.

Sustainable interior design is a journey, and each step taken toward greener living brings us one step closer to a more sustainable future for all.
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17 August