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If you are lucky enough to have a bar in or near your kitchen, then you know what a useful place a bar can be. Those who live without a bar don’t know the way that it adds space and seating options and the way it allows families to gather for short or long times in a setting more informal than at the dining room table. My kitchen bar has become the gathering place for my children both before and after school. We use that spot so much that my wife and I knew we needed to be intentional about choosing the right bar furniture.
As an interior designer, I am always giving people advice about creating their ideal homes. The longer I have been in the business, the more I have learned that there are certain areas of the home that need to be focused on more. A bar nook is one of those places that I always encourage people to spend a little more time, energy and money being intentional about. I say this because of the frequency with which most people use their bar nooks. My advice to people is that they will use their bar nooks a lot more if they take time to do it well. I share with them that a bar nook can become one of the biggest gathering places for families. Bar furniture is a necessary step to creating this great environment.
Obviously, you want your bar furniture to match the style and feel of the rest of your kitchen and dining area, so don’t be too quick to rush off into plans that will make your bar nook stand out too much. My advice to people is always that they should have a unique element or two to their bar furniture without making them entirely other than the decor of the surrounding area. You want it to stand out and blend in at the same time.
One of the key features of any bar furniture should be comfort. No one will stay in an area long if it is not comfortable, so think about longevity and comfort when you are looking for the perfect bar furniture. Grab a few magazines and get ideas from other peoples’ homes. See what works and what looks like too much in the bar nook area. Magazines are one of the best sources of creativity, so use this resource and slowly gather ideas for your bar furniture. If you have an interior designer working with you, he or she will be able to really help you make this space effective as well.
Speaking of green culture, eco furniture is the next happening thing in the world of home and office décor. Eco home furniture segment offers different styles from solid wood traditional designs, to quite up-to-date modern and modular furniture.
Environment friendly furniture not only helps with a good cause, it is specially crafted in such a manner that it has minimum negative impact on the environment. It is sourced from renewable resources and there are few or no chemicals used that result in harming the environment. Herbal oils and polish is used to minimize the toxic levels. Furniture crafted from recycled material and which also can be recycled also falls under the same category.
Green living ensures that we do not burden the environment and also burn off precious energy from virgin resources. You can easily find great modern and traditional home designs in furniture that is unique and economical and as enticing as other furniture made from regular sources. Often, green furniture is considered boring and quite unexciting. But that is not the case, and you can find many creative designers crafting fabulous pieces of furniture for the environment friendly buffs who care about their actions.
Certification : There are different certifications you can watch out for while buying furniture like FSC, LEED certification and look out for other factors like whether the furniture you buy is sourced from renewable or recyclable sources and whether the furniture you buy is also recyclable. Following are some points you may like to pay attention to
• The furniture can be made from rapid renewable or sustainable material like bamboo or cork. Also, recycled materials can also be any material previously used like factory scraps, salvaged or post-consumer material like old furniture or items disposed off. Also, materials that have gone through very little processing such as natural granite, stone, slate, and wood are also considered green, as they expend little energy during the manufacturing process.
• Non-toxic: The furniture should be free from chemicals and compounds. It should reduce or completely eliminate the use of toxic chemicals for production and finish such as chlorine, wood preservatives such as creosote and PVC which depletes the ozone and are labeled ‘green’.
• Depletion of natural resources: High operational costs for a manufacturing can have a negative impact on the environment. The costs include electricity and other natural resources, including costs on packaging. Green products are the ones that are minimally packaged, preferably with recycled materials. Also, handmade products that do not consume much fuel are also eco-friendly.
• Multifunctional furniture not sourced from protected forests, uses recycled material that is eco-friendly and also reduces the cost of transportation as also reduces trash on earth can be termed eco-friendly.
• There is a eco-friendly stream of building products that reduce the impact of environment to create a healthy and green system. Bamboo for instance is a fast growing grass and when used as a building material like flooring etc, it can contribute in eco-friendly homes and construction, and is certified by LEED points recognized as a green effort to architects.
There are simple facts about environment-friendly furniture and furniture designers are realizing its importance in fashioning furniture that is not just green, but thoughtful in the most practical sense. For we all can in some way contribute to the green culture that is not just in vogue, but also the right thing. And the designs follow the trendier path, even with its functionality and it’s really a fashion statement to embrace green living as part of everyday life.