Recycling is slowly, but surely, becoming a mainstay in our everyday lives. Paper, plastic, and glass have their own designated bins. You and your household may have already turned recycling into a daily habit. However, there’s more to sustainability than simply recycling. Reusing old materials, for example, is a huge part of sustainable living. The latest home decor trends have proven to be on the side of sustainability and there are some very interesting ways you can make this work.
As individuals spend more time at home, they must put more effort into making their homes more sustainable. So, when the time comes for a remodel or renovation, instead of purchasing new materials, many homeowners opt for reclaiming old wood and metal, as well as any other material that can still fulfill its function.
This is not exclusively a 2022 mentality and is more of a contemporary way of living that is likely going to be our future as homeowners. In fact, using reclaimed materials has been common in many households for years. Reclaimed wood furniture and decor, for example, are very common in rustic homes. Homeowners enjoy the sight of aged wood, that is not only visually appealing but comes with a bit of history. So, whenever your guests come into a room and compliment the beams, you can tell them that they came from an old farm in a nearby town with an interesting bit of history.
Ceiling beams are a great example of this design mentality. Some homeowners contact local carpenters and specifically ask for reclaimed wood installations. These carpenters will then procure old wooden barn beams, which are either sold to them or even donated. They then restore the wood by getting rid of any rot, giving it a fresh coat of finish and paint, then installing it onto the ceiling.