As someone who has always loved the look and feel of wood within my home, whether it’s flooring or furniture, I’ve never had to be persuaded to maximise the beauty of my home using it. With a young family, I’ve always found it hard wearing, cleans easily, is great for playing on (Lego builds just don’t stand up properly on fluffy rugs!). As well as the practicalities, it also looks fantastic, really slick and smart, or rustic and charming, depending on the look you’re going for.
But what if you’ve never been a wood flooring fan and have clung to your carpet instead? Whilst I can see why some people choose carpet as they think it’s more comfortable, or even energy saving, this isn’t always the case, and carpets can often look dated in a home, depending on the kind you have and what sort of room you have them in. I know that these days I find it strange when there is carpet in a dining room (food falling on the carpet? yuk!), and can’t imagine our messy baby eating in a room where there’s a carpet and it’s tricky to clean up. Wooden floors are definitely the way forward! What lots of people don’t realise is that actually wooden flooring isn’t just better for your way of life, but better for the planet too.
Here are some reasons why wood is the best sustainable material for interiors:
Longer lasting = better for environment
Generally speaking, wood is really strong and durable. Some decent wood flooring can last for over 100 years without much input, providing it is treated properly in the first place. The longer wood lasts, the less energy is used on the producing new products, which therefore is better for the environment. Laminate flooring definitely has staying power.
It Retains Heat
How wood is formed means that it naturally holds onto heat more efficiently than other types of material used for building and interiors. It actually holds several times more heat in than ceramic tiles (so cold underfoot!). Air pockets within wood help absorb heat, and therefore creates a toastier home that needs less energy to heat it. A winner for both your pocket, and the planet!
Reduces Allergies and Toxic Cleaning Products
Let’s face it, carpet and other plush materials are dust and dust mite harbourers, and retain the dirt much more than wooden furniture and flooring does. This means that if you have an asthma sufferer in the home (as we do, my husband), then having laminate wood flooring or wood effect laminate flooring reduces the amount of dust in the home, and therefore impacts positively on anyone with these sort of conditions or dust allergies. Less cleaning products are needed, and therefore less toxins in the home and in the environment. Oak Wood effect laminate flooring is a great example of flooring that is easy to keep clean.
It’s a Renewable Material
Wood is widely regarded to be one of the most environmentally friendy renewable materials. This means there is less of an environmental impact when you compare it against other materials used for building houses/ interiors. Did you know that over 90 per cent of the wood we use in the UK is from forests in Europe, which are growing by 661,000 hectares each year (thanks to House Beautiful for this ace fact)? This shows us that it’s a readily available resource and we’re not going to run out of wood in our neck of the woods (pardon the pun) anytime soon!
The gift that keeps on giving
We know that wood can easily last a lifetime if properly cared for, and it’s also the perfect material that can be recycled. By using recycled wood you can keep your carbon footprint super-low and negating importing costs, Reusing wood in the right circumstances means less being sent to landfill sites or going up in smoke, both of which are a thumbs down for our planet.
Thinking about all these points I reckon we already do pretty well using wood in our home. Our hallway and living room already had gorgeous wood flooring when we first moved in, and we installed brand new wood flooring when we carried out our kitchen renovation, and also in the bathroom too. Only the bedrooms have carpet, and I must admit if we do move I’m toying with the idea of getting wood flooring and then rugs in the new bedrooms as well.
Do you have wood flooring in your home?
What do you like about it?
I’d love to hear what kind you have and where you have it!