With Millennials moving out of diminutive spaces and into more spacious homes, smart layouts that offer healthier living situations will draw them in
By Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola
Eco-friendly design practices have become a hot topic and rightfully so, especially in the realm of millennial homebuyers. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, Millennials make up 13.7 percent of the total population among the top 100 metro areas.These buyers are becoming more aware of how our actions and choices are directly affecting the environment—and they’re ready to do something about it. Hence why I have personally seen an impressive increase in growing families making the move from their very cramped urban lifestyles to larger spacious homes in the suburbs. These families not only want to provide a more spacious life for their children, but also want a whole new healthy and sustainable design for their homes.
We love the new and much welcomed interest in the subject. I’m even more proud to announce that going green and eco-friendly with your interiors is becoming easier than you think. It’s all about making conscious choices and educating one’s self in regards to the many resources available to find the best sustainable options. For a specific project we recently completed, these new millennial homebuyers were making the big move from their small urban living space to an expansive home in the suburbs. With a new baby on the way, they needed the space, but also wanted to make this home happy and healthy for their new baby as well. When moving from a space that can only hold so much furniture, it’s a great opportunity to start from scratch with a green design approach.
We always start our projects by assessing the home for existing natural light, or “hot spots,” and then space plan and arrange furniture layouts to accommodate these natural characteristics. With extensive eco-friendly furniture resources, we’re able to source all the components needed to make a sustainable layout eco chic.
By the choices we made with furniture selections, we we’re able to give this family a clean and green beautiful aesthetic. Another perk is that you can implement this technique yourself at home. Direct to consumer and online vendors are finally hoping on the eco train and offering refined searches to list solely eco-friendly
as well as USA-made products.
To further highlight the wonderful natural light throughout the home, we didn’t want to overwhelm the walls with too much color and decided to go for a soothing gray color scheme. By using my favorite non- VOC paints, the home not only felt like a soothing and peaceful backdrop, but didn’t smell like fumes and harmful chemicals.
The abundance of natural light is the feature that made the buyers fall in love with the home. But, you have to keep in mind that during the summer all that sun can really heat up the interior. If this issue is not properly addressed from the start, homeowners can be looking at high energy costs for every season.
For this particular client, we chose to dress their windows with a heavy drapery solution. It was the best option for their needs of complete black outs during the day for the new baby’s naps as well as cutting too much sunlight intake throughout the day in a natural way. You don’t have to necessarily run straight to your thermostat when you feel it getting warm, though; and this also offers an aesthetically pleasing backdrop to create a cozy atmosphere for this young family to enjoy.
We also installed some ceiling fans to help circulate the air as well as compliment their fabulous existing sliding back doors, which is an excellent way to offer a natural breeze and circulation solution to keep cooling costs down.
Another great perk of the home is that every light is on a dimmer, which the millennial homebuyer should never overlook! It’s unbelievable how much lighting and energy costs you could save by dimming your lights down. It not only saves as much as 4 to 9 percent in electricity bills, but it can also improve the function of your lighting to best suit your needs, especially with a newborn baby.
Something green is always a must, so of course we gave them a happy green Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree right in the midst of their sunny family room. It’s a great place not only for the shrub, but for the whole family as well because the tree helps to filter the indoor air in a safe and natural way.
It’s simple tools and tricks like these where we can educate our clients to help guide the new eco- minded millennial homeowners into smarter layouts, eco-friendly choices, and an overall healthier living situation! If you’re interested in how to get stated on a new eco chic home design for your growing family, give us a call!
Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola is the founder and owner of Pizzigati Designs: Eco Chic Interiors. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.